DSWD Caraga Assistant Regional Director for Operations Jean Paul S. Parajes (left) and Bayabas Mayor Ma. Clarita (2nd from left) lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Barangay Amag.

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga has officially turned over on Tuesday, October 6, the seven temporary health/quarantine facilities to the Municipal Government of Bayabas, Surigao del Sur.

The quarantine facilities, which costs P4.4 million, are installed in six barangays of Bayabas, namely, Panaosawon, Amag, Balete, Magobawok, La Paz and Cagbaoto. Barangay Cabugo, another barangay in the said municipality, opted to have the cash-for-work grant as their community project.

The collapsible tents with 12 rooms are erected inside the covered courts in the barangays, except for the one in Amag. Each room is complete with folding bed, small table, electric fan, trash bin, blanket, pillow, plastic pail and water dipper.

During the turnover ceremony, DSWD Caraga Assistant Regional Director for Operations Jean Paul S. Parajes said the project is very timely and would be of great help to Bayabasnons in this time of health crisis.

“Due to this pandemic, DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS program have shifted to Disaster Response Operation Procedure (DROP) to immediately address issues related to early recovery,” Parajes said.

“This won’t be possible without our close partnership with the local government unit and the untiring efforts of our community volunteers and DSWD field staff,” Parajes added.

The amenities inside each room of the quarantine facility built through DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS program for the municipality of Bayabas, Surigao del Sur.

Bayabas Mayor Ma. Clarita Limbaro thanked the Department, saying such project is very timely and relevant during the current pandemic.

“Hamok among pagpasalamat sa DSWD ug Kalahi. Ha-om kaayo kini na project sa ato panginahanglan karon tungod sa Covid. Tubag gyud kini sa amo pag-ampo (We are very much thankful to DSWD and the Kalahi-CIDSS program. This project is truly an answer to our needs brought about by the COVID pandemic),” Limbaro said.

The project is under DROP of DSWD’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Program.

The implementation of DROP is in response to Proclamation No. 929, which was issued last March 16, 2020, declaring a State of National Calamity for a period of six months for the entire country due to the pandemic.

DROP allows DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS-covered areas to shift its operations from regular developmental activities into a disaster response modality to immediately address issues related to early recovery.

Community projects proposed and funded range from Retrofitting/Refurbishing of dilapidated community infrastructures, Cash for Work projects, construction of Health facilities/amenities, procurement of Communication Devices for disaster operations, Construction of Communal Latrines, Construction of quarantine facility, Construction of hand wash area, Repair of water system, and fund Capability building activities relative to disaster.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the poverty alleviation programs of the government being implemented by DSWD. Employing community-driven development (CDD) as a strategy, Kalahi-CIDSS trains and engages communities together with their local governments (barangay and municipal) to choose, design, and implement development projects to address their most pressing needs.

Local parish priest (right) leads the blessing of the quarantine facility project in Barangay Cagbaoto, Bayabas, Surigao del Sur.