A total of 3,712 families from this town have benefited from the cash for work program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) , officials said on Wednesday.
Mayor Santiago Austria said DSWD personnel have distributed P2,480 each or a total of P9.2 million to beneficiaries from poor families who engaged in different community activities such as cleaning of roads and drainage.
Daniel Jorda, who worked as grass cutter along roadsides for several days as provided for in the program, said he can now buy medicine for his wife who has been suffering from hypertension, and for himself.
“If ever there will be another batch of cash for work, I will again enroll,” he said.
Austria said thousands of his constituents have also received this kind of government assistance last year.
“What is good in this program is that this is not dole- out. There is the value of work, they perspired,” the local chief executive said.
Aside from cash for work support, Austria said the DSWD also gave out P5,000 to each family whose houses were destroyed by calamities late last year.
“We also worked out the pension for senior citizens,” he added.