When the heat cranks up and the rains take a break, the DSWD’s Project LAWA at BINHI steps in with a cool wave of relief and a basket of green solutions. Picture this: a community-driven project that turns the tide on El Niño’s heat by boosting both water access and food production. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone—communities get to drink their fill and plate up nutritious food even when the sun’s at its mightiest.

Those feeling the pinch of parched lands and hungry bellies, from 310 municipalities across 61 provinces, are the VIPs here. They’re about to see a cascade of benefits including a whopping 1,319 water harvesting facilities and a sweeping 6,630 hectares of smarter, thirst-quenched agricultural land. So, what’s cooking? Expect hands-on training, a touch of cash-for-work, and a generous sprinkle of sustainable practices, all stirred together to serve over 700,000 individuals a buffet of resilience and food security. Get ready to roll up your sleeves!

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What is Project LAWA at BINHI?

Project LAWA at BINHI (Local Adaptation to Water Access and Breaking Insufficiency through Nutritious Harvest for the Impoverished) integrates the dual focus of enhancing water management and fortifying food production in areas susceptible to the impacts of El Niño.

Significance of the Project

Project LAWA at BINHI, launched by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), tackles the twin threats of water scarcity and food insecurity in the Philippines. DSWD data shows El Niño events are becoming more frequent and severe, impacting provinces like Bulacan, where the initial rollout occurred.  Aligned with the Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028, the project empowers vulnerable families through cash-for-work programs to build small farm reservoirs and implement water-saving practices. This directly addresses a 2023 DOST-PAGASA report highlighting drought risks in several regions. Project BINHI, the program’s agricultural arm, promotes sustainable practices like communal gardening, mirroring the DSWD’s commitment to the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act (RA 10354) by ensuring access to nutritious food sources. By combining cash-for-work incentives with climate-smart practices, Project LAWA at BINHI offers a sustainable solution for the Philippines’ most vulnerable communities.

Legal Basis

This project operates within the framework of DSWD’s Risk Resiliency Program through Cash-For-Training and Work (RRP-CFTW), aligning with national efforts to build climate resilience among communities.


By participating in Project LAWA at BINHI, communities stand to gain significantly:

  • Access to 1,319 water harvesting facilities
  • Expansion of water management to 6,630 hectares of agricultural land
  • Direct benefit to over 140,906 families, or roughly 704,530 individuals

Eligibility / Qualifications

Project LAWA at BINHI is specifically geared towards families and communities that are:

  • Located in the 310 municipalities and 61 provinces identified as vulnerable to El Niño.
  • Identified as part of the marginalized sectors experiencing water shortages and food insecurity.


To be part of this program, communities must:

  • Be situated in the regions affected by El Niño.
  • Demonstrate the necessity for improved water access and food supply.
  • Commit to engaging in sustainable agricultural practices.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Participate in Project LAWA at BINHI

  • Community Assessment:
      • The DSWD will assess the vulnerability of communities to the effects of El Niño.
  • Registration:
      • Eligible communities will register with the DSWD through their local government units (LGUs).
  • Participation in Training:
      • Community members will participate in Cash-For-Training programs to learn about water conservation and sustainable agriculture.
  • Implementation:
      • Registered communities will assist in constructing and rehabilitating small farm reservoirs and in establishing communal gardens.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation:
      • DSWD will monitor the progress and impact of the projects within the communities to ensure sustainability.

Recent Updates

DSWD Promotes Environmental Action on Earth Day

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) actively supports Earth Day, advocating for reflection, awareness, and innovative solutions to address climate change. Through projects like Project LAWA and BINHI, DSWD addresses water scarcity, food insecurity, and the impact of El Niño on vulnerable sectors, fostering a sustainable and resilient future.

Calls for Timely 4Ps Payouts and Support for Solo Parents

The user advocates for timely payouts of the 4Ps program in the Philippines, stressing the importance of coordination between government agencies and visiting families to assess their needs. They also highlight the need for the implementation of laws that support and provide assistance to solo parents.


DSWD Partners with Regional Agencies and LGUs for Project LAWA and BINHI in CAR

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has forged a partnership with regional government agencies and local government units (LGUs) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to implement Project LAWA and BINHI. This collaboration aims to address the impacts of climate change and disasters by providing social protection services, ensuring food security, water sufficiency, and community empowerment in the region.

Farmers Build Water Reservoirs to Overcome El Nino Challenges

In response to the challenges posed by El Nino, farmers in the Philippines, like Rodolfo Manzano, are taking action. Through the Local Adaptation to Water Access (ProjectLAWA), in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Agriculture, farmers are constructing their own water reservoirs. These reservoirs provide a reliable water supply for various farming, livestock, and household needs.

Video: DSWD launches project ‘Lawa and Binhi’ to cushion impact of El Nino | ANC

Asec. Irene Dumlao of the Philippine Social Welfare Department discusses the ‘Lawa and Binhi’ project, which encourages communities to construct small water reservoirs in numerous municipalities across the country. This project aims to address water scarcity and promote sustainable water management practices at the local level.



Project LAWA at BINHI stands as a source of hope, channeling support where it’s needed most. By tapping into community strength and government assistance, a resilient Philippines is not just an aspiration—it’s within reach. Let’s embrace this opportunity and sow the seeds of sustainability for a bountiful and secure future.

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