By Jennifer Catan- Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – Giving special protection to Indigenous People is now made possible through the cash for work program under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT).
Marilyn Ambo, a mother of three and a Tribong Magahat member of the municipality of Basay in the province received P4,640 for her involvement in the latest government projects.
“I am too grateful of DSWD’s MCCT because through the cash for work I was able to buy medicines for my sick child. Aside from that, school supplies needed for my six-year old student, I was able to provide,” related Ambo.
Ambo has participated in the coastal clean-up and reforestation, assisted in the construction and improvement of farm to market roads, and improvement of community basic social services facilities in her town.
The project lasted for 20 days and MCCT released a total amount of P1, 373,440 before Christmas Day in 2016.
The beneficiary also pointed out that aside from helping her own family, she and her colleagues who participated in the activities were able to clean the community specifically in the Poblacion area and the coastal barangays.
The group of beneficiaries also planted seedlings in Barangay Bongalonan, Basay.
The cash for work of MCCT projects served a total of 296 beneficiaries in the municipality.
This is part of the 62 Social Support Interventions (SSI) implemented by MCCT program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Negros Island Region.
MCCT is a modified program of Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) where Indigenous People serves as their beneficiaries and gives special protection to them.
There are six identified MCCT areas in Negros Oriental, namely: Basay, Bayawan City, Sta. Catalina, Pamplona, Bais City and Mabinay while there are two in Negros Occidental, Isabela and Himamaylan City.
With a total amount of P62,542,827, all MCCT areas of the region were given project support services for Skills and Management Trainings for Livelihood Enhancement, Cattle Dispersal, Development and Enhancement of Community Infrastructure, Supplementary Labor Supports, Tree Planting and Coastal Cleaning.
“The latest SSI released fund is like a Christmas gift to the beneficiaries in Basay as well as augmenting their income through the trainings and projects implemented by the agency,” said DSWD NIR OIC-Regional Director Shalaine Marie Lucero.
MCCT recently conducted a training workshop and evaluation on the enhancement of livelihood projects implemented.
Lucero said some 97 Association Officers and Community Facilitators participated in the training which enhanced their skills on leadership, budgeting, and teamwork. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Jan. 3, 2017)