DSWD, Iloilo City launch Project LAWA at BINHI

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas and DSWD-6 Regional Director Atty. Carmelo Nochete signed a memorandum of agreement, signaling the implementation of P18 million ‘Project LAWA at BINHI’ on April 4 at the City Mayor’s Office. (Photo Courtesy of CMO)

By Mariela Angella Oladive

Over 2,000 residents in Iloilo City are set to benefit from the ‘Project LAWA at BINHI,’ an initiative by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) aimed at enhancing food security and addressing water scarcity.

The project, part of the Risk Resiliency Program through Cash-for-Training and Work (RRP-CFTW), responds to the challenges posed by climate change and disasters.

Mayor Jerry P. Treñas and DSWD-6 Regional Director Atty. Carmelo Nochete inked a memorandum of agreement on April 4, signaling the launch of the project with a funding provision of over P18 million from DSWD-6.

Mayor Treñas expressed gratitude for the DSWD’s support, which arrives amid pressing water and food supply issues due to the dry season.

The project is expected to augment the city’s existing ‘JPT Ediscape’ urban gardening effort. “We ensure that the funds you have provided will be utilized properly and will benefit our residents in the barangays,” he stated.

Atty. Nochete reinforced the value of this collaborative project, aiming to empower communities and ensure sustainability.

Teresa Gelogo, head of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, detailed the project’s structure, encompassing training on climate change adaptation and 15 days of cash-for-work activities centered on gardening and tree planting.

Additionally, participants will contribute to water conservation efforts, like building small farm reservoirs and improving water infrastructures.

The project participants will receive a daily compensation of P450 for their involvement in the 20-day program, which culminates in supplementary training for project continuity.

The endeavor is not just immediate relief but aims for a sustained impact, with the crops and trees expected to support child feeding programs and encourage community-wide gardening practices.

The initiative underscores a commitment to fostering resilience and self-sufficiency among Iloilo City residents, supporting the broader goal of a thriving, sustainable community.