ILOILO CITY, July 4 (PNA) — Some 84 municipalities in Western Visayas belonging to the “Yolanda highway” are now about to start with their 15 days cash for work program (CWP) with the budget of P384 million now downloaded to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office 6.

Rosario San Agustin of the DSWD Region 6 Office said that under this new CWP, the municipalities that have been adversely affected by typhoon Yolanda Nov. 8 last year would have 1,000 beneficiaries each that would be hired to do some work for 15 days.

San Agustin said that the municipal governments have been asked to submit their program of work to the DSWD which are now being assessed by the engineers.

She said that the town of Banate in northern Iloilo province is the first to avail of the CWP being the first to submit the program of work.

Under the CWP, beneficiaries will be receiving P287 per day by performing work like repair of damaged boats, making plots for vegetable gardening and others geared towards generating income related to livelihood.

Among the 84 town beneficiaries are Barotac Viejo, Concepcion, Ajuy, Estancia, Carles, Batad in northern Iloilo; Sagay, Manapla, and Victoria cities in Negros Occidental; and towns in Antique and Aklan provinces.

Guimaras is not included in the Yolanda highway being not gravely affected by the super typhoon.

CWP was also implemented immediately after the Nov. 2013 typhoon by the DSWD in order to provide a means of income for the people who lost their livelihood then. (PNA)