Butuan City – Twelve (12) local government units (LGUs) in Caraga region recently underwent a technical session as part of the preparation for the Php 24,680,000.00 – worth of infrastructure projects under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) Bottom-up Budgeting and Planning (BuB)  implementation for this year.

 

LGU staff from Butuan City, Cabadbaran City, and Jabonga in Agusan del Norte; Bayugan City and Loreto in Agusan del Sur; Basilisa and Dinagat in the Province of Dinagat Islands; Gigaquit and Surigao City in Surigao del Norte; and Barobo, Bislig City, and Tagbina in Surigao del Sur were in attendance in enhancing the formulation of their respective project proposals.

 

Kalahi-CIDSS BuB may be implemented in one of two ways: through the use of the community-driven development (CDD) learning for local government units (LGUs) that are currently implementing and had implemented Kalahi-CIDSS and through a DSWD-assisted, LGU-facilitated implementation of community projects using the CDD approach.

 

CDD or the community-driven development approach is the strategy employed by DSWD in its implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS for an inclusive participation of all stakeholders in local governance by identifying community needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring projects to address local poverty issues.

 

The areas were identified through criteria set in a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) by DSWD, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). The JMC stipulated that in order to qualify for the BuB, the LGU must be a recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping for 2011 and 2012, must have completed assessment of the LGU’s Public Financial Management (PFM) system, and the municipality must have no unliquidated cash advances from DSWD, regardless of program or project. ### (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Caraga)