BUTUAN CITY – Majority of indigenous peoples (Lumads) communities within the ancestral domains in Caraga Region have adopted the Disaster Response Operation Procedure (DROP) implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

DSWD, through the Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA IP CDD Program have conducted a series of municipal orientations, including tribal meetings, on the DROP.

PAMANA (PAyapa and MAsaganang PamayaNAn), under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), is the government’s framework for peace and development. It is implemented in conflict-affected communities, as well as in areas covered by existing peace agreements.

Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) falls under the second strategic pillar of the PAMANA framework, which is building resilient communities. The project objective is to improve the access of Kalahi-CIDSS areas classified as conflict-affected barangays (CABs) to basic social services and responsive, transparent, and accountable local governments.