Resilience through Cash-for-Work in 61st episode of ‘Stories for a Better Normal’ Series

September 07, 2021 Tuesday

MANILA, 7 September 2021 — The 61st episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways” will feature the stories and narratives of people strengthening their efforts and implementing risk resiliency programs to address the impacts of climate change in their communities through the Cash-for-Work project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 9 September 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at and
Joining the online conversation are Ma. Victoria P. Morelos, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) from Bulakan, Bulacan; Jayson Salenga, Site Manager of Sasmuan Pampanga Coastal Wetlands; Jowey C. Celzo, MSWDO from Anda, Pangasinan; and    Jenny Gandaloza Ontok, President of the Muslim Women’s Rural Worker Association in Matalam, North Cotabato.
The DSWD implements the Risk Resiliency Program through the Cash-for-Work modality to increase the adaptive capacities of the poor families in disaster-prone and affected communities.
Cash-for-Work under the Risk Resiliency Program is a short-term intervention to provide temporary employment to distressed/ displaced individuals by participating in preparedness, mitigation, relief, rehabilitation or risk reduction projects and activities in their communities.
The upcoming episode will feature stories of how short-term income generating interventions, through the Cash-for-Work project, have opened up opportunities for disaster-stricken communities to be more resilient to the adverse effects of disasters and climate change.
The episode shall also promote practical measures to build community resilience such as planting trees, mangrove reforestation, establishment of community food gardens, and exploring sustainable livelihood opportunities.
As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, “Stories for a Better Normal” aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.
This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.