Butuan City – The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) started off 2016 with a series of capacity building for its field workers.

Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist (RCIS), Engr. Jovenal Bernat, provides important updates to Kalahi-CIDSS staff in one of the trainings in 2016. With the extensive coverage of the program in the region, the field workers need to be updated regularly, and technical sessions and trainings are a must to keep the workers competent.

This comes in response to the increase of demands for the Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) with the widened scope of the program implementation.

Kalahi-CIDSS Caraga covers different modalities for 2016 with some municipalities implementing two (2) or more modalities. With this, the need to incorporate different disciplines and systems is important.

Kalahi-CIDSS teams, composed of social and community development workers/facilitators, engineers and financial analysts, need to be updated with the changes or enhancements in the program’s implementation process.

For 2016, the major trainings which transpired are the following: (a) Thematic Environmental Management Systems (TEMS) cum Peace, Education, Concepts and Approaches (PECA) training, (b) Gender Mainstreaming, (c) Project Management Training (PMT), (d) Area Coordinators’ (AC) and Encoders’ Database Orientation/Training

The Deputy Area Coordinators (DAC), the program’s engineers, also had  a series of technical sessions to update them of the different systems in place for the sub-project implementation. The continued technical sessions and fiduciary activities also ensured the enhanced capacities of the financial analysts who monitor the fund utilization and fund requests of the community sub-projects.

Area Coordinators share their ideas for their presentation during the Project Management Training (PMT) training last February 16-19, 2016, at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort.

Regional Director Minda B. Brigoli ensures everyone that all field workers are capable of doing their specific jobs, their roles in the field. With the different trainings and capability building activities, she is confident that the programs and services of DSWD are of great quality, able to address the needs of the individuals, families, and communities in Caraga. ###(MARKO DAVEY D. REYES/Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga)

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