May 18, 2024
TREES TO KEEP COMMUNITIES RESILIENT — Through the 2022 Risk Resiliency Program for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Disaster Risk Reduction Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera, beneficiaries and barangay officials in Abra take turns in maintaining the nursery every weekends and watering the plants everyday, as the project seeks to improve the resiliency of communities along the Abra River through seedling production to susceptible flood-prone areas. — DSWD-CAR photo

Beneficiaries and barangay officials in Abra will take turns in maintaining the nursery they established through the 2022 Risk Resiliency Program for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Disaster Risk Reduction Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera.

The project seeks to improve the resiliency of communities along the Abra River through seedling production in flood prone areas.

Aside from Danglas, the project was also implemented in Bucloc, Daguioman, Lacub, Lagangilang, Langiden, Licuan-Baay, Luba, Sallapadan, Tayum, Tineg, and Tubo with 209,500 seedlings produced.

There are 2,340 beneficiaries that were served through the P7,123,000 worth of assistance provided by the agency for the cash for work project and P600,000 as counterpart of the provincial government of Abra.

Danglas Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Helen Grace Aganad said the nursery will be maintained to ensure enough source of seedlings during tree planting activities; provide additional income for the barangay where they can sell the seedlings; serve as source of seedlings for the barangay orchard; and serve as immersion venue for students of Western Abra National High School who are under the Technical-Vocational-livelihood track.

For the barangay and beneficiaries, the cash assistance received from the DSWD is used to buy daily necessities while the knowledge acquired from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Office and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office during the orientation and implementation of the project is continuously used for the progress of the barangay.

As water supply remains one of the challenges in the implementation, every beneficiary or barangay on duty is assigned to fetch water to water the plants. – Lauren Alimondo with reports from Ropie Mae Vargas