Bato village in Camarines Sur inaugurates Kalahi-CIDSS project

 

Dir. Arnel B. Garcia of DSWD Field Office V together with Mayor Jeanette R. Bernaldez of Bato, Camarines Sur during the inauguration of concrete pathway in Brgy. Agos last April 3, 2014. This was implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the poverty-reduction projects of DSWD which strongly advocates the involvement of local communities in the design and implementation of development projects to address the issues of poverty in rural areas. Kalahi-CIDSS aims to improve local governance by employing the participation of the people in the communities in the development process with the multi-stakeholder partnership of ordinary residents, community volunteers and local officials from the barangay and municipal level.

 

Kalahi-CIDSS Subproject: Construction/ Concreting of Pathway
Location: Brgy. Agos, Bato, Camarines Sur
Total Project Cost: 893,356.80
Kalahi-CIDSS Grant funded by Millennium Challenge Corporation: 625,349.76
Local Counterpart Contribution (LCC) from LGU Bato: 178,671.36
LCC from the BLGU: 89,335.68

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It’s never too late to be a leader

Nora Mayao, a housewife and a sari-sari store owner of Brgy. San Roque, Caramoan in the province of Camarines Sur, is one of the 21,655 volunteers of Kalahi-CIDSS who learned to manage community projects. In October 2013, their water system (level II) was inaugurated which is being benefited by 163 households in the said barangay.

At first, Nora Mayao doubted herself but spurred herself to persist.

“Hababa man sana po ang inadalan ko pero nakaukod ako na makiuron sa kapwa ko. Nawara ang supog ko [Despite of being not being well-thought of, I learned to comport myself in the likes of others. I outgrew my shyness],” she said.

Nora, a high school graduate, shoved her timidity and pursued a satiable quest with the community. Without hesitation, she stepped out of her personal boundaries.

She hailed from San Roque, one of the 49 villages of Caramoan, Camarines Sur. And she described that her community also suffers from poverty.

Little is known that the tropical town of Caramoan is still perched in this predicament in spite of its natural flair and pristine treasures. Though its residents rely on fishing as its major source of income while some earn from agriculture, mining and tourism, still their pooled resources are not enough to support their families.

Furthermore, Nora could affirm to this even during her youthful years. Her high school diploma was a product by her sweat and perseverance.

Nora’s family could not settle her dues at school so she decided to work part-time in town. The monthly income of P300 suffices not only to her needs but she had to apportion some of her earnings to her parents. She never pursued college because of insufficient family income.

At the age of 21, she married Miguel. While her husband reared the family with the profits from farming, Nora supported him by setting up a convenience store at home.

For over 16 years of confinement to being a housewife and a businesswoman, she was engaged to participate in their community through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Dleivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the poverty-reduction projects of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

It was in 2012 where she transitioned to becoming a leader. She was one of the volunteers elected by her colleagues for the said project who has rendered unreserved service to the community together with their barangay officials. She was gratified about the opportunity.

“Maogma ta nagtiwala samuya ang tao na makakatabang kami sa samuyang barangay [I am happy because the community entrusted to help our village],” she said.

After a consensual decision among the other 48 barangays in Caramoan, San Roque was one of those 20 communities who received the grant from Kalahi-CIDSS. The construction of their water system cost Php898,800 with Php743,800 of which is from the project and the rest were from the local government unit (LGU). It was completed in October 2013 and benefited by 163 households.

“Dakulaon po ang pasasalamat mi ta kung wara po ang Kalahi-CIDSS, hanggang ngunyan, wara po kaming inumon na tubig na pangangaipo talaga ning kagabsan [We are very thankful because without Kalahi-CIDSS, up to now, we don’t have potable water which all of us needed most],”she said.

Nora recounted that she suffered diarrhea and was rushed to their rural health facility in 2010 as the result of unsafe drinking water in their barangay. She also related that she and Miguel need to saddle all the laundry for six hours to the neighboring barangay to wash their clothes.

On the other hand, Nora went through different seminars, workshops and trainings on project development, procurement and operations and maintenance which demanded a lot of her time in Kalahi-CIDSS.

It was during this period when she had to juggle her time between her family, business and community. If there are meetings that will summon her presence, she had to close her store and at least Php500.00 was lost for the day.

“Bilang saro sa mga volunteers, naiintindihan ko po ang sitwasyon kang samuyang barangay kaya okay lang po na maski pag minsan isarado ang tindahan [As one of the volunteers, we know the situation of our community so I’m okay with that I occasionally close my store],” she said.

Nora worried less about her children because her youngest of her three kids was already in Grade 3 while her other children in college and high school, assisted her in completing household works.

“Pag wara nang gibo si Miguel, siya man po nagabantay sa tindahan. Tapos pag kahapon po, mga aki ko na man po [In case Miguel is free, he tends our store and in the afternoon its our children’s turn],” she said.

Despite of these things, her husband supported her.

“Okay man ta hangad mi man na makatabang sa kagabsan [I’m fine with it because we wanted to help the people],” Miguel said.

Moreover, she boosted the low spirits of the other 10 volunteers to continue in fulfilling their responsibilities. She fostered teamwork among the group to comply with the hefty paper works required by Kalahi-CIDSS.

“Pag dae kaya ning saro, nagapatarabang-tabangan kami para matapos [If one of us cannot do it, we make sure to help the others to complete our tasks],” she explained.

If there are things they don’t understand, they would consult Ryan Bornalo, the community facilitator of Kalahi-CIDSS and other DSWD staff who readily provided guidance and assistance all throughout the implementation of their project.

According to Ryan, Nora is dependable, dedicated and responsible to her duties as a volunteer. He can call her anytime of the day to check for updates and request for submission of documentary requirements for the construction of their water system.

“Isinapuso niya ang pagkavolunteer niya na gabos niya itinao para na makakatabang sa barangay [She committed herself to become a volunteer and gave her all to help her village],” he added.

Nora, now at the age of 36, got herself a post as one of the barangay councilors and was elected last 2013 during the election.

Asked why the people voted for her. This was her response: “Nahiling kaya ning tawo ang sakripisyo ko para sa barangay nung volunteer ako sa Kalahi-CIDSS [They have witnessed my sacrifices for the community as a Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer].

 

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The superwoman

Men and women with supernatural powers only exist in fiction. However, for some reasons you can encounter characters like them in real life.

Everyday a hero is born but the way to becoming one is a bumpy ride.

In a span of at least fifteen (15) hours, she prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner, neaten the house, get the laundry done and completes the remaining household chores. A regular work she assumed since 1984 after her marriage with Simplicio, a farmer.

But there’s more to being a housewife.

Sometime in 2012, the course of a woman’s life changed. Crispina Cacidilla, one of the 1505 residents of a rustic village in Gainza, the smallest town in Camarines Sur, stood up for the common interest of their village.

Crispina or “Cris”, as what her family and neighbors call her; has extended her commitment to her community. From being a mother of five, she was able to herd at least 20 people in pursuing a common goal.

Barangay Malbong is an agricultural community where most of its male residents are farmers while the women are engaged in handicraft production. Given the seasonal livelihood opportunities, still unemployment was one of the causes of poverty. This was not new because the resources are not enough to suffice the needs of a family in Malbong.

Cris, a high school graduate, has witnessed the impact of this in their locality. As an aspiring teen, she wanted to get a degree in Education but her parents were not able to send her to college because of their scarce income.

This has drove Cris to initiate action in solving the common predicament in their village.

Volunteer life

“Dapat magampanan ang responsabilidad kapag inako mo [You should perform your responsibilities if you accept it],” Cris expressed.

During the barangay assembly conducted by DSWD in 2012, the villagers agreed and elected her as the head of the volunteers for the implementation of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Cris recounted her acceptance message: “Inaako ko ang responsabilidad pero hinahagad ko man ang sa indong suporta tanganing mapagayon ang dalagan kan satuyang magiging proyekto [I accept the responsibility, however, I would like to ask for your support to smoothen the implementation of the project].”

In just a span of a year, Cris, living up to what she promised, translated her vision into reality with the help of the other volunteers and the local council.

The production center for handicraft providing more livelihood opportunities specially to unemployed women was completed in September 18, 2013. But to Cris, the events prior to its completion were more unforgettable.

Cris, being part of the group who led and managed the implementation of the said community subproject, described the experience as thorny and debilitating.

Onset of the productivity center’s construction, Cris heard negative remarks from her neighbors who doubted their group. As the head of the volunteers, she remained strong for her peers and inspired them to continue their humble cause.

“Hinikayat ko ang kairiba ko na patunayan mi na sala ang tigaisip ninda [I encouraged my colleagues to prove them wrong],” she explained.

She would regularly meet them and discuss underlying issues that may hinder the completion of their productivity center and troubleshoot these. The very common issue was the time consumed by community volunteering wherein their time for work and family are sacrificed.

According to Cris, they would usually provide reinforcement to the volunteer who cannot attend to meetings and seminars initiated by Kalahi-CIDSS.

“Nagaururon kaming volunteers para masolusyonan [We discuss to find solutions],” she added.

Her family and the community

Time is an important element in volunteering specially if you meld it with filial responsibilities. At first it was difficult. Cris divided her time as a mother to her family and as a volunteer to her community.

Cris tried her best to conform to the new challenge. She amicably adjusted her time because she is not just a housewife but also a community leader.

Subsequently, she made her children understand of her plight and asked them to support her.

“Dahil may obligasyon ako sa barangay, sinabi ko sa pamilya ko na magtarabangan kita [I told my family to cooperate because I have my obligation to the community],”she explained.

But later on, she was able to mend this inhospitable circumstance and settled her personal fret.

On the other hand, Simplicio said that he is aware of his wife’s philanthropic activities in their neighborhood and learned to accept what Cris is doing and supports her.

“Maogma ako para sa iya ta nakakaserbisyo siya sa barangay [I am happy for her because she serves our community,” he said.

Malbong women speaks out

Cris was one of those people who fought for their productivity center to get the grant from Kalahi-CIDSS of 553,743.08 added to the counterpart contribution of the local government unit amounting to 191,287.00.

“Kinumbise ko ang mga tawo nung prioritiztion na iyo ini ang kaipuhan sa barangay mi ta kadaklan ning babae samo warang trabaho [I convinced other people to prioritize our community because most of the women are unemployed],” she said.

During the prioritization of Kalahi-CIDSS in Gainza, elected residents represented their respective communities to decide on how to divide their resources accordingly. Cris together with selected volunteers won the approval of the majority and convinced them that they are worth of the funding.

The productivity center answered the people’s clamor to augment the income of the 293 households in Malbong and empower its women to contribute to its economic growth.

Lydia San Jose, also one of the volunteers, said that the productivity center is not only an edifice for handicraft making but also a place for the women and mothers to build a life outside their homes.

“May pagkakataon ang mga babae na makisalamuha digdi [There is an opportunity for the women to mingle here],” she said.

In addition, Cris wanted more out of their productivity center. Though women in Malbong are accustomed to weaving baskets and handicrafts, she would like to explore other creative ways of earning. According to her, the more livelihood opportunities, poverty will be rapidly alleviated.

“Bako sana kami nakatuon sa buri basket-making pero gusto mi man maghanap ki iba pang alternatibong pagkakakitaan [We are not only focused on basket making. We would also like to look for other alternative forms of income],” she added.

KAAGAPAY formed: empowered stewards

Just before the productivity center was completed, the Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers of Malbong organized the Kaunlaran sa Agrikulturang Pangkabuhayan (KAAGAPAY) to ensure not only the maintenance of the project but to guarantee stable employment in the community.

From being the head of the volunteers, Cris transitioned to becoming the president of the said association. She said that that they would tap other government agencies to improve the capacities of their group to cope up with latest technology used in handicraft.  They have registered the association in Department of of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in December 2012.

Months after the completion of the productivity center, the group already sold handcrafted “parols” or lanterns made out of plastic straws and sold their products in the nearby schools.

As of November 2013, more than 35 members were already registered in KAAGAPAY and according to Chirs; she is expecting its members to increase.

There’s more to being a housewife

From a woman perceived to be a mother, she was transformed into someone persitent and accepted the challenges of a community volunteer. She was able to prove that her passion to serve the people in the community is more important than turning down her detractors.

Cris believes in the law of attraction. She said that if you trust yourself that you can do it, then you would certainly accomplish it if you believe.

To Cris, there’s more to being a housewife.

Through Kalahi-CIDSS, her knowledge was enriched; she developed her leadership skills, improved relationship with others and became a good example in the community.

Contrary to what is popularly seen in comics and TV series, fictional heroes sought peace, justice and truth against villains inflicting danger and desolation while Cris pursued leadership and accountability to fight poverty together with the people in the community.

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DSWD Bicol to hire 1,315 workers under its new program

Legazpi City─ The DSWD here will hire some 1,315 employees in preparation to the forthcoming implementation of the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP), a scale-up of the successful implementation of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) sometime this second quarter.

Applications are now accepted for those who have background in either of development project management, social development, civil engineering, business, accountancy or community organizing. The deadline of submission is on or before March 15, 2014.

Interested job-seekers can personally submit their comprehensive resume with 2×2 pictures and brief job description of positions previously handled, application letter addressed to the director and photocopy of the transcript of records to DSWD in Buraguis, Legazpi City.

Currently, the program is in need of 92 Area Coordinators, 148 Deputy Area Coordinators, 148 Municipal Financial Analysts and 927 Community Facilitators that will be assigned anywhere in Bicol.

The agency posted the announcement of vacancy to pool and to pre-evaluate eligible candidates through paper screening and review. The qualified will receive a notification from the office for the next round of the recruitment process including interview and written examination. Other vacancies will be announced later and will be posted in DSWD Field Office and the official Facebook fan page of DSWD 5.

The program staff under NCDDP shall be hired by DSWD based on Contract of Service (COS) or Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The COS or MOA refers to the agreement entered into by and between the DSWD and the party being hired or the worker. It defines the terms of engagement between two parties and specifies among others the type of service, expected outputs required of the position, compensation, period covered, benefits (if any) and fund source.

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The mighty rose

She bags and sifts gravel and sand. Even fills-up the hefty water drum. She shovels, mixes, pours, and spreads concrete. She smoothens and finishes freshly poured cement. Even carries hollow blocks one at a time.

A routine she quickly acclimatized for over a month of exposure to these things.

“Kaya talaga ng mga babae. Kung pahina-pahina ka, magugutom ka. Hindi ka mabubuhay sa pagnanakaw. Kailangan ka magtrabaho ng maayos. Sige lang hanggat kaya. Kung kaya ng lalake, kaya ng babae [Women can do it. If you’re vulnerable, you will starve. We can’t live by stealing. We need to work. For as long as I can, I will do it. If men can do it, women can also do it].”

This was the emotional utterance of Rosinie Oximar, a mother of two, who pulls out all the stops. However, she had to do it alone.

Originally from Bacolod, Rosinie’s and her Bicolano husband’s fate led them to Manila and bumped into each other sometime in 2006. For over a year, their relationship brought their first born child and three years later, they had another son. With this, they decided to return and permanently stay in her husband’s native land.

In 2013, her husband abandoned them without any word and assumed the full parental responsibility over her sons performing both the roles of a mother and a father.

Rosinie or known by her neighbors as Rose, 33 then, resulted to salvaging garbage in their community to sustain their daily needs. In average, she earns P300 a week which is only enough to buy them rice.

It was in the temperate month of February in the remote village of Tagaytay, Gubat in Sorsogon province of the same year, when the table has been turned for her.

Milestones
The stout outline of Rose says more of her capacity. She outperformed those 550 women in their locality by her strong-willed character and optimism to surmount a challenging role in exchange for an unrivaled experience she can speak of for decades.

Along with her personal motivation, the determined solo parent joined the community to bring their dreams together. The construction of their health center through the Kalahi-CIDSS project addressed the most pressing issue the people clamored for in the longest time.

During the same year, she found herself enlisted in the men-dominated world of construction.

“Nagtanong ako kung pwede pumasok at tinanggap ako. Dagdag kasi yun sa kikitain. [I inquired if I could apply and I was accepted. It’s an additional earning],” she said.

The proximity of her home to the site where their health center was built has led to the discovery of this extraordinary opportunity.

And the first time she held the shovel, Rose thought it was grueling. However, she was able to lift and scoop the mix of cement and sand.

“Nagpapala at nagmimikskla talaga yan ng semento si Rose [Rose really shovels and mixes cement],” affirmed by Rodolfo Escota, one of the volunteer-implementers of their health center.

Also according to him, it was the first time in the history of Brgy. Tagaytay that women were actually involved in the hard labor.

Her home and the “hard hat” zone
It was all about time management according to Rose.

“May oras ako para sa gabos na gibo sa baluy para hindi ako mapagal masyado[ I have time for everything at home to avoid getting excessively tired],” she explained.

With no one to depend on, Rose wakes up as early as three in the morning to fetch water from the nearby well before it runs dry. She finishes the laundry by five and proceeds with cooking breakfast and lunch for their meals during daytime.

By the time she’s done with all of the household duties, she now leaves for work around seven in the morning. Her kids stay at home and to keep them inside and from wandering off, she would promise them that she would buy them toys at the end of the week.

She would always explain to her three-year old son, Vhert and Jevert, her preschooler, that Rose need to work. According to her, her boys would always understand at a young age what they are going through that time.

In the construction site, Rose provided any form assistance whenever the mason asked for her help and was being paid with daily rate of P252.00 which was better than collecting and selling trash. But even after the tiresome day, Rose would still forage for garbage in the local dumpsite in exchange of cash.

As observed by Rodolfo, she had frequently arrived the earliest despite of her known situation at home. He said that the quality of work done by their male workers, Rose was able to match it.

“Mahigusun talaga ini palibhasa naging single parent. Hinihimo niya ang makakaya para masuportaran ang mga bata [She is very diligent knowing the fact that she is a solo parent. She will do anything to support her children,” he added.

Last woman standing
Upon acceptance of the challenge she knew she could bare, Rose blended in. Though she occasionally felt weary, she never gave a hint about this because she did not want his male colleagues to lose their confidence towards her.

Rose proved she can.

From the original three days of work given to women laborers, she was able to negotiate with the barangay officials and community implementers to extend her for a few more weeks.

“Sinubukan ko kung makaya ko. Kaya naman ng katawan ko kaya sinubukan ko pa rin. Eh nakayanan kaya tumagal ako ng higit pa sa isang lingo. [I tried if I can. My body endured the load of work so I also tried. I did it and even stayed for more than a week.]” she firmly said.

Of the three other women in the construction, Rose made it up until its last day.

“Ako na lang na bayi ang nagtrabaho diyan. Nag-iisa [I’m the only woman laborer left. The only one,” she cheerily declared.

Rodolfo also described Rose as “boyish” attributing she moves like a man and has worked even better in the construction than any other women.

On top of getting accustomed with physical work, she related to her male coworkers easily. Far from being sociable specially to men, she has developed the skill in dealing with other people. She conversed and got along with them well, joining in humorous chats and survived their teases.

Toys for Christmas
After a week of the first times in the construction life, Rose received her pay and brought her sons to the town’s market in Gubat.

“Malaki ang tulong nito sa amin kasi wala akong ibang trabaho kundi ang pagbabasura tsaka lumayas ang aking asawa [It is a big help for us because the only work I know is to make money out of garbage and my husband left us],” Rose said.

For the total amount of Php1512 as her wage for the week, she bought clothes, enough groceries to supply a week’s consumption and school supplies for Jevert. She also realized her promise-to buy her sons the toy guns they asked for.

“Bakal kami mama badil-badilan [We bought the toy gun],” Vhert said and hugged his mother to show his affection and glee.

I lent them the gun for a few days and put it away to keep it new. I put it back to its original plastic and during Christmas, I gave it back to them. They thought it was new and they were really happy about it.

The altruist
Rose’s role does not end in preparing and cooking the dishes, washing clothes, tidying up the house, looking after the kids and performing other household works. She had contributed something for the benefit of their village.

The health center was inaugurated in October of the same period. Being part of the people who erected the building to improve the access of their village to health services is monumental for her.

“Maalala ko na nandiyan ako nung tinatayo ang aming health center [I will remember that the time our health center is being constructed, I am one of those people who built it],” she added.

For many years, it was difficult for the people in Tagaytay to adjust in a meager space provided in the barangay hall during scheduled checkups, vaccinations and medical consultations.

“Kung wala pa rin yung project na yun, nandun pa rin kami sa siksikan na barangay hall. Sa bagong health center, kahit matagalan ka dun at abutin man ng tanghali, okay lang kasi parang may elektrikpan dahil mahangin yung lugar [We will still stay in a crowded space at the barangay hall if we don’t have the project. With our very own health center, even if we waited long and even until noon, it’s fine because there’s room for fresh air],” she said.

And now Rose had done it all. She would recall that under the sweltering heat, she wore oversized rubber boots, layers of clothes such as long-sleeve shirt over a sando, working gloves and hard hat.

“Pinagyayabang ko sa mga kapitbahay ko na naghalo ako ng semento,” she said as she giggled.

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DSWD and Legazpi City tap partners for employment and livelihood support, forge MOA under Urban Kalahi-CIDSS pilot project

The city government of Legazpi City and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the academe, business institutions and employment agencies to support project beneficiaries in livelihood and employment for two of the city’s barangays under the pilot implementation of Urban Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) last February 11, 2014 at the Legazpi City Hall.

The MOA Signing aims to strengthen the role of industries and private sectors in their corporate social responsibility commitment of helping improve the economic lives of the urban poor by serving as , and provider of technical support through provision of capability building activities to communities, employer, and ready market.

“I would like to thank all our partners, specifically the involved schools and manpower services, who render their commitment in corporate social responsibility to help the poor,” DSWD Field Office V Regional Director Arnel Garcia said.

Rawis and Bitano, the pilot areas of Urban Kalahi-CIDSS in the Bicol region, will soon be completing the construction of livelihood center with provision of garments production equipment and construction of community development center, respectively, this year.

In connection with this, DSWD tapped Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF)-Legazpi City, Aquinas University of Legazpi (AUL), Genecom Institute Of Science And Technology, Inc., Stretch Distribution, Inc., and Personnel Solutions.

As part of the sustainability component of the projects in the barangays, the aforementioned partners will provide employment (long-term or temporary) and conduct relevant trainings and seminars to interested residents from both barangays.

“Sustainability is the real mission of the project and we will implement it properly by engaging other non-government organizations,” Mayor Noel Rosal said.

Present during the MOA signing were DSWD Dir. Arnel Garcia, Roy Calfoforo of DSWD Central Office, Mayor Noel Rosal, Brgy. Capt. Joel M. Balinis of Bitano, Brgy. Capt. Joel Orosco of Rawis, Romulo Antivola of AUL, Ellaine Marie Tate of Personnel Solutions, Alma Alvarez of Genecom, Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers and other local officials from the barangay and city LGUs.

The Kalahi-CIDSS project is one of the core poverty alleviation programs of DSWD along with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

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DSWD trains 21,655 Bicolanos as community-implementers

The DSWD trained 21,655 residents of 591 barangays in Bicol region on managing community-based subprojects (SPs) under Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) project.

Currently, the first cycle of the project which started in 2012, is being implemented in five (5) provinces namely Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon and Catanduanes with 10,831; 3,203; 3,931 and 1520 of local residents trained, respectively. 2,348 of these are Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders (PLs) who are actively involved in the whole process of the project.

“Prior to the actual implementation, appropriate community trainings are provided to selected project volunteers,” DSWD 5 Director Arnel Garcia said.

DSWD-hired workers with the help of other government agencies and local government units (LGUs) train them in basic community finance, procurement, project development, operations and maintenance with an annual funding of Php27,000 for each barangay from Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and World Bank (WB).

The elected group of community residents or called Barangay Subproject Management Committee (BSPMC) is trained on ensuring proposed community SPs such as roads, SPs, health stations, fishing boats, cable bridges, schools, day care centers, DRR-related SPs and water systems are completed and maintained. These trainings safeguard transparency, accountability and participation of community implementers with the engagement of the LGU at the barangay, municipal and provincial level.

According to Crispina Cacidilla, a volunteer of Brgy. Malbong in Gainza, Camarines Sur, she and other volunteers attended the project proposal preparation workshop. They were able to construct a Production Center for Handicraft with an amount of 745,030.08 last 2013.

“Bilang sarong housewife, maogma ako ta nakatabang ako sa kapwa ko. Nakatabang ang mga training na inagihan mi sa Kalahi-CIDSS [As a housewife, I’m happy to serve my neighborhood. Those trainings are helpful],” Crispina said.

Through the Barangay Assembly, more than 20 members of the BSPMC are elected for each community and composed of the following committees: Participatory Situation Analysis (PSA) Team, Barangay Representation Team (BRT), Project Preparation Team (PPT), Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Team, Barangay Fact Finding Committee, Project Implementation Team (PIT), Procurement Team (PT), Audit and Inventory Team (AIT), Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) and Finance Committee.

What is Kalahi-CIDSS?

Kalahi-CIDSS is a community-driven development (CDD) project in the Philippines which strongly advocates the involvement of local communities in the design and implementation of development projects to address the issue of poverty in the country. CDD is a globally recognized strategy for achieving service delivery, poverty reduction, and good governance outcomes. It aims to improve local governance by employing the participation of the people in the communities in the development process.

Community residents consensually decide on what type of poverty-reduction projects they prioritize for funding based from the collective analysis of their needs. Community proposals can vary from public goods/access projects, enterprise or livelihood projects or human development projects.

It is one of the core social protection programs of DSWD along with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid) and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

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Albay and municipal LGUs forge MOA on DSWD’s poverty-reduction projects

Albay inked the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with its six prioritized municipalities under DSWD’s PLGU Engagement Pilot this January 24 at Hotel St. Ellis.

The said municipalities were Polangui, Oas, Pioduran, Jovellar, Guinobatan and Manito. DSWD has provided a grant of P100 million while the Provincial Government of Albay has P75 million for its counterpart contribution.

The poverty-reduction projects were as follows:

Polangui Rehabilitation/Improvement of Danao-Matacon Farm to Market Road
Jovellar Construction (Rehabilitation/improvement) of Bautista-San Vicente Farm to Market Road
Pioduran Rehabilitation/Improvement of Buyo-Palapas Farm to Market Road
Manito Concreting of Centro-Nagotgot-Banao-Inangmaharang Farm to Market Road
Oas Improvement/Repair of Batbat-Cabaloaon-Balanac Farm to Market Road

ADB has also been an active development partner wherein they provided support to strengthen capabilities in this pilot project.

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