July 16, 2024

Beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Cash for Training program for Project LAWA at Binhi from the 14 barangays of Balbalan, Kalinga participated in a disaster risk resiliency training from May 14 to 30. 

The initiative marks a significant step towards equipping these communities with the skills and knowledge to enhance their resilience against risks and adversities.

The provincial technical working group composed of representatives from DSWD Kalinga, the Office of the Governor, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the Provincial Engineering Office, and the Provincial Agriculture Office facilitated the training.

Marginalized and vulnerable members of the community and barangay officials were the participants in the training.

The training was conducted per barangay to ensure full participation of the beneficiaries.

The learning development sessions were conducted through a well-coordinated and community-focused approach. The ongoing support and follow-up ensured that the benefits of the program would be sustained, contributing to the long-term resilience and prosperity of the communities in Balbalan, Kalinga.

Project LAWA stands for Local Adaptation to Water Access and Binhi stands for Breaking Insufficiency through Nutritious Harvest.

Instilling local values among the beneficiaries of Project LAWA at Binhi aims to foster responsibility, community, and sustainability.

By promoting responsibility, cooperation, environmental stewardship, empowerment, integrity, and civic engagement, the program aims to create communities capable of managing their resources effectively. These values not only enhance but also ensure the success and sustainability of the training, contributing to the overall development and wellbeing of Balbalan as a whole.

The barangay officials, community leaders, and participants have expressed their gratitude for the knowledge and resources gained through the program. They committed to implement and take ownership of the projects. One partner-beneficiary said they are now equipped with a stronger sense of preparedness and self-reliance to face the challenges posed by natural disasters and environmental changes.

Stage 2 of the project implementation will start upon the availability of the construction materials being procured by the provincial government. – Press release