The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Offices (FO) Caraga has been commended, through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Program, after achieving the highest final rating for the 2019 Regional Finance Performance Monitoring.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the poverty alleviation programs of the government being implemented by the DSWD. It uses the community-driven development (CDD) approach, a globally recognized strategy for achieving service delivery, poverty reduction, and good governance outcomes.

Director Janet P. Armas, Kalahi-CIDSS National Program Manager, commended DSWD Field Offices for their performance in terms of the Key Results Area (KRA), or the target for the program’s implementation.

The Top 5 FOs who achieved the highest final ratings are: Caraga – 108%, Region XII – 106%, Region III – 105%, CALABARZON – 103%, and CAR – 102%.

Regional Financial Analyst John Voltaire Ancla, in a Facebook post, congratulated the Regional Program Management Office (RPMO), especially the Finance Unit, for their achievement. He congratulated the financial analysts assigned in the regional and municipal offices as well as the Area Coordinating Teams.

Ancla also thanked the leadership and guidance of the RPMO, most specially to Promotive Services Division OIC-Chief Jean Paul Parajes, and Deputy Regional Program Manager Ester Villamor.

The National Program Management Office (NPMO) has been monitoring the performance of the RPMO Finance Units in terms of KRA based on 5 major goals of financial management: (1) Proficiency in Financial Management & Delivery of Technical Assistance; (2) Efficiency and Responsive Financial Plans; (3) Transparency and Accountability on Resource Allocation and Use; (4) Updated and Accurate Financial Data Shared within the Project; and (5) Timely Response and Resolution to Finance-related Grievances and Audit/Review Findings.

Director Armas commended all Regional Finance Teams for achieving a Very Satisfactory to Excellent ratings in their 2019 Finance Performance. The overall average of the FOs of 98% has outdone the 2018 overall rating of 91%.

Armas also encouraged all FOs to “maintain and surpass this high level quality of performance for 2020 in order to achieve the efficient and effective delivery of social services to the communities and ultimately achieve the goal of alleviating poverty in the country and promote good governance and community empowerment.”