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Regional Community Development Specialist, Elsa Montemor presenting the output of the participantes during one of the preliminary activities during the Municipal Coordinating Team Training on KALAHI CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS – NCDDP) Implementation Mechanism – Batch 1, at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, Butuan City.

Butuan City- The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS)-Caraga is conducting the Municipal Coordinating Team (MCT) Training on Kalahi-CIDSS Implementation Mechanism for 377 and 293 Areas held at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city from September 14 – 18, 2015 for batch 1, and September 21 – 25, 2015 for batch 2.

The MCTs, composed of municipal-hired Area Coordinators (ACs), Deputy Area Coordinators (DACs), Financial Analysts (FAs), and Community Empowerment Facilitators (CEFs), from 377 areas  (Poor/Yolanda-affected municipalities), and 293 areas (Poor/Non-Yolanda affected municipalities) participate in the five-day training to further their knowledge and skills in facilitating the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS in their municipalities.

As the counterparts of the Area Coordinating Teams (ACT) in the program implementation, Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) acknowledges the importance of capacitating the MCTs to ensure that the program implementation will be successfully conducted at the municipal level. The said training will ensure that both the ACT and the MCT will harmoniously co-exist in their respective areas.

The hiring of the MCT is one of the conditionality in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DSWD and the municipal local government units (MLGUs) to ensure that the program will be properly conducted, monitored and implemented. This ensures that the community will reap the benefits of the program.

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Municipal Coordinating Team from Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte brainstorming on their output in one of the activities during the Municipal Coordinating Team Training on KALAHI CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS – NCDDP) Implementation Mechanism – Batch 1, at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, Butuan City.

The Kalahi-CIDSS is a poverty alleviation program of the national government implemented by the DSWD. It aims to have barangays/communities of targeted municipalities become empowered to achieve improved access to services and to participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation. ###(MARKO DAVEY D. REYES/Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga)