Residents of Barangay Tudela, Trento, Agusan del Sur hope and seek to improve their community’s health with the construction of their barangay health station sub-project now underway. The said sub-project amounting to Php1, 340,814 is funded through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program.
Although the community has an existing health center, it was inadequate for residents in the area. Pregnant women during prenatal check -ups had to wait or line up for several hours before they are received because the old health center was too small to accommodate them. Getting their children immunized was also difficult especially during harsh weather since the roof of the center was already in bad condition. Some residents even had to travel and go to health centers of neighboring barangays for prenatal and immunization. This situation made the community decide to propose this sub-project.
Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the core anti-poverty programs of the national government being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It uses the Community Driven Development (CDD) strategy which helps empower individuals through providing them opportunities to capacitate them to identify and address their community’s needs that affect local poverty issues.