Butuan City- A total of 1, 119 sub-projects were completed from 2003-2013 implementation of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), an anti-poverty project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

This project covered 42 municipalities/cities in Caraga region  which are the following:

  1. Agusan del Norte – Carmen, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Las Nieves, RTR, Butuan City, Cabadbaran City, and Santiago;
  2. Agusan del Sur- Esperanza, La Paz, Loreto, San Luis, Sibagat, Sta.Josefa, and Veruela;
  3. Province of Dinagat Islands- Basilisa, Cagdianao, Dinagat, Libjo, and Tubajon;
  4. Surigao del Norte- Alegria, Burgos, Del Carmen, Gigaquit, Mainit, Pilar, San Benito, San Isidro, Socorro, Sta.Monica, Surigao City, and Tubod; and
  5. Surigao del Sur- Barobo, Bayabas, Bislig City, Cagwait, Hinatuan, Lingig, Marihatag, San Agustin, San Miguel, and Tagbina.

“With its successful implementation, the Project has networked to different funding partners which contributed more in its progress,” bared Regional Project Manager and DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Mita G. Lim.

“Other modalities that the Project had facilitated are the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP), Makamasang Tugon (MT), PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA), Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID)   Poder y Prosperidad dela Comunidad Project (Empowerment and Development of Communities) (PODER), and Community-Driven Development (CDD) Urban,” she added.

The sub-projects delivered to Poor communities are the following: 203 school classrooms, 167 day care centers, 150 water systems, 123 health stations, 114 electrification projects, 98 environmental protection structure and preservation projects, 97 road projects, 96 community production and service facilities, 25 foot/small bridges, 20 multi-purpose centers, 18 human development centers, 7 capability building projects, and 1 other.

The total Kalahi-CIDSS grant released to communities for sub-project implementation amounts to Php 749, 763, 186.32. Each municipal and barangay local government units (B/MLGUs) of the recipient localities also assisted through the provision of a local counterpart contribution (LCC), both in-cash and in-kind, which totals to Php 237, 150, 923.31.

Those 1, 119 sub-projects completed within 11 years of Kalahi-CIDSS implementation in Caraga, are worth Php 1, 031, 914, 109.93 in toto.“We are very happy to account that for 11 years of implementing Kalahi-CIDSS in the region, the Department was able to facilitate the implementation of 1, 119 community sub-projects which aided the need of our beneficiaries of basic social services,” shared DSWD Regional Director Minda B. Brigoli.

“Now this wonderful journey of helping people help themselves continues with the onset of the KC-NCDDP which will run from 2014-2019,” she said.

The Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach used by the Project has been proven effective as it transformed many Poor communities and lives of the people in the grassroots sector. This strategy, which will be expanded into a national setting, advances three principles which are the participatory, transparency, and accountability.

Empower communities, improve local governance, and reduce poverty remain the primary aims of the Project as it will scale-up into a national program with an official name which is the KALAHI CIDSS-National Community-Driven Development Program. This will be implemented in the municipalities with high poverty incidence and were affected by the Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). ###Eunice G. Montaos/Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga)


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