DSWD to Geotag thousands of community sub-projects under Kalahi-CIDSS in Bicol

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will geotag 3,803 community sub-projects constructed from 2002 to present for greater transparency in Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD).

The location information of the geotagged photos of community sub-projects will be available in a Kalahi-CIDSS web application once uploaded. Geotagging of these sub-projects is expected to be completed by the end of year and soon will be shared to the public once all information is completely uploaded.

More than 1,000 DSWD field staffs deployed in 101 municipalities and 2,902 barangays will be trained on Geotagging. They will use their mobile phones as their Geotagging devices. They will be trained on the following Geotagging workflow: data collection, capturing images using global positioning system (GPS) and uploading the data in the cloud storage.

Moreover, some DSWD employees were already trained last October 7-8, 2015 held at Legazpi City who will be trainers in their respective areas of assignment.

In Kalahi-CIDSS, this technology will be also used for the verification and approval of sub-projects, progress supervision and operation and maintenance activities.

DSWD has initially geotagged 156 out of the 3,803 community sub-projects where 110 of which are already published on the Kalahi-CIDSS web application.

According to World Bank, one of the development partners of DSWD, Geotagging is an innovative and practical tool and considered as a Best Practice in sub-project transparencies and total public disclosure.

CDD puts power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves.

Sub-projects refer to the community projects that are implemented through Kalahi-CIDSS. The program follows an open menu system, wherein communities will choose what sub-projects will answer their prioritized needs. These are basic services sub-projects, basic access infrastructures, community common services facilities, environmental protection and conservation and skills training and capability building.

The operations of the CDD approach expanded into a national scale, which was tried and proven effective by Kalahi-CIDSS. 101 poor municipalities in Bicol are under its expansion from 2014 to 2019 with a total of grant of Php4, 497,448,178.

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Disbelief ends with trust

Disbelief ends with trust

Abello Frias of Brgy, Dacu, Mobo, Masbate convenes a meeting to resolve issues in the community. He is Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer for almost seven years now.

Abello Frias is an Industrial Engineering graduate. He has four children with his wife, Novelita Frias, a school teacher in Masbate. He was previously employed in Manila but decided to finally join his family in the coastal village of Dacu in Mobo, Masbate after he was diagnosed with diabetes. Subsequent to his return, his remarkable chronicle as a volunteer began.

Abello is a community volunteer in Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a poverty reduction program of the government, for almost seven years, however, he was indifferent to government programs at the beginning.

He was elected as a community volunteer in Kalahi-CIDSS Cycle 1 in 2009 and was forced to assume the responsibilities required from an elected resident. Onset, he was hesitant because he believes that government programs and projects are futile and getting involved is also a waste of time. Contrary to this, his neighbor convinced him to dispose his apprehension and said to him that he can give it a try.

Later on, he appreciated the process in and principles of Kalahi-CIDSS that refuted his pre-conceived opinions through the explanations from the Area Coordinating Team (ACT) and by getting directly involved in the project.

“Nabago ang paniniwala ko dati dahil sa Kalahi-CIDSS dahil tao pala ang magsasagawa ng proyekto (My perspectives was changed because in Kalahi-CIDSS the people will implement the project),” Frias said.

Just like him at the beginning, the residents were also doubtful to Kalahi-CIDSS and generally, apathetic, which resulted to poor community involvement. The following year, the community failed to get the Kalahi-CIDSS funding for the construction of their riprap due to lack of people’s participation, a major requirement to avail of Kalahi-CIDSS funds. From that point and onwards, Frias promised to himself and to the people of Dacu that he will do anything to get a subproject from Kalahi-CIDSS to help his neighbors get a better life.

He, then, realized that he can help the DSWD field workers to negate the popular notion of indifference among the residents and get them involved by explaining the benefits they will reap out of sheer participation in community assemblies. It took about three months to persuade some residents but it yielded a better result because Dacu was prioritized in the next cycle for the construction of their health center. The health center provides an easy access for the residents to health who previously travel to town to get medical intervention.

“Kaya ko pala makumbinse ang barangay na makilahok, makiisa and makibayanihan para sa aming proyekto (I realized that I can persuade the community to participate and ),” he said.

Until now, Frias is still the Barangay Sub-Project Management Chairman (BSPMC), the head of the volunteers who take the lead in the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS subprojects. The people of this village was impressed by his unwavering diligence, innate intelligence, flawless sincerity and pure dedication. As a result, he gained the people’s trust and seamlessly mobilized them to partake in any community endeavor, even beyond Kalahi-CIDSS activities.

A true bayani in the community

Frias is truly selfless to serve the people.

“Ang isang volunteer ay nasa puso ang kagustuhang makatulong (A volunteer has the heart and desire to help),” Frias said.

In 2012, two days before the deadline of submission of their documents needed for the construction of their health center, he forced his way into a storm (Public Storm Warning Signal No. 2 was raised) in a late evening to get their lot document notarized in Masbate City even if he is suffering from flu. It took about two hours to get to town from a 30-minute ride because the way was already flooded.

“Ok lang na ako ang mabasa huwag lang ang mga dockumento. Prinotektahan ko ang papeles. (I don’t mind to get drenched but not the documents. I protected the papers from getting wet),” he said.

He also takes an active role in inculcating the bayanihan spirit in their village. He ensures that the residents are informed with the schedule of meetings and community assemblies, both important activities in Kalahi-CIDSS.

“Pinapaalam niya kami kung may patawag na meeting (He informs us if there are meetings),” Nestor Almiñe, a resident of Dacu, said.

With the regular communication to the residents, Dacu’s community participation rate to community assemblies increased from 21% in 2010 to 92% in 2012 and 97% in 2014.

He also teaches his co-volunteers in Kalahi-CIDSS with what he knows to encourage them to perform their functions well in Kalahi-CIDSS.

“Tinuruan niya ako sa pagaayos ng mga papel na kailangan sa Kalahi-CIDSS (He taught me to fix the documentary requirements for Kalahi-CIDSS),” Karen Tamayo, a volunteer, said.

Abello Frias exemplifies a real community hero. His story can inspire current volunteers to work even harder and inspire volunteers-to-be to shove their reservations towards Kalahi-CIDSS and join the road to development.

In addition to the health center constructed through Kalahi-CIDSS, Dacu finished the concreting of their pathways and will also receive funds for their seawall.

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Poor village in Cam Sur receives Kalahi-CIDSS subproject

Poor families will soon benefit the fish processing facility in San Juan, Del Gallego, Camarines Sur through Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD).

The construction of one (1) unit 180.0 sq. m. fish processing facility, amounting to P2,209,000.00, is expected to be completed this 2015 and will provide an alternative . 75 out 100 its family beneficiaries are also Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries.

“Napagkaisahan po ng barangay na magkaroon nito dahil meron kaming 80 hectares na Bangus fishpond na pwede namin pagkakitaan araw-araw,” Maria Asila Cabangon, a resident, said.

Cabangon also added that the facility will employ women of the target household beneficiaries to augment their daily income.

On the other hand, the residents of San Juan yield poor income especially after typhoons where their crops are destroyed. As a result, they decided to focus on Bangus production and propose the construction of a fish processing facility to Kalahi-CIDSS.

The LGU of Del Gallego, DSWD, DOST and DAR forged the Memorandum of Agreement to support Brgy. San Juan for their Bangus processing center. DOST will provide the equipment and DAR will provide the training to its beneficiaries.

“We would like to break the cycle of poverty with the support of the people to the national agencies’ programs,” Dir. Arnel Garcia said.

The same village also received farm-to-market road and water system subprojects through Kalahi-CIDSS.

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Residents of Cam Norte town win first DSWD flash drama contest

Residents representing San Vicente, Camarines Norte topped the other four (4) groups and were declared as the grand winner of DSWD’s first-ever flash drama contest, dubbed as Teatro ng Pagbabago, last September 4, 2015 at Pacific Mall, Legazpi City.

The five artists from San Vicente comprised of Elenita Orbista, Cristina Robles, Caselyn Peralta, Ruel Peralta and Jobert Robles, impressed the judges with their amazing performance matched with their true story on how Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program helped a family and the community transcend poverty through a skills development training and a sea wall project, both funded through Kalahi-CIDSS. The said group also received a cash prize of P15,000.

The towns of Caramoan and Magallanes were the first runner-up and second runner-up and received P10,000 and P5,000, respectively. The other participating groups were from municipalities of Bula and Viga.

San Vicente also received special awards namely, best stage presentation, best story, best actor for Ruel Peralta and best actress for Elenita Orbista.

The Teatro ng Pababago Contest is part of DSWD’s advocacy efforts to promote the gains of Kalahi-CIDSS beneficiaries through a ten-minute play with five characters. It aims to laymanize the program in a theater play.

“We will mobilize these groups to take part in our advocacy efforts to promote the stories of communities empowered by Kalahi-CIDSS and make others appreciate the program,” Dir. Garcia said.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD).

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A volunteer’s enabling family

Aside from the personal motivation to render unpaid services, volunteers need support from the people around them specially their families.

The people of Sampaloc, Gainza in Camarines Sur yearned for an accessible health center and their voices were heard in 2012. Out of their utmost commitment and diligence, their new health facility was erected the following year through the Kalahi-CIDSS program. Since the primary requirement of the program is people participation, Sampaloc did not fail and got the funding of Php798, 560.50 for their longtime wish.

The Dalma family joined the whole village of Sampaloc, a poor agricultural area, to finish their health center because the residents would spend P26, a roundtrip fare, just to seek medical help in the town.

Cyrel Dalma, a mother of six, did not hesitate to tell Julio, her husband, that her presence and participation was summoned by her neighbors as a member of the barangay committee that will manage the resources received for their health center in 2012.

She was elected as the head of the Monitoring and Inspection Team (MIT), a committee formed in Kalahi-CIDSS which is responsible for the inspection of the completeness of the delivered supplies and materials procured by the community.

She needed to attend trainings as a volunteer to which her husband supported by nursing their youngest child in her absence, a task Julio never did before.

According to Cyrel, her husband and children were dependent on her when it comes to performing household chores. But there was a sudden shift inside their home when a portion of her time was devoted to volunteering.

Her children learned independence by washing the dishes and cleaning the house and the yard to which Cyrel was grateful of because she can rest when she gets home from meetings and trainings.

“Pag mayo ako, nakakaisip na man sinda na magtabang (They have initiative to help when I’m gone)”

As a high school graduate, her first try as a volunteer with hefty tasks on hand did not dishearten her. In the succeeding years, she remained as the MIT head for the construction of their drainage canal under Kalahi-CIDSS.

“Nachallenge ako bilang volunteer pero dakol akong naaraman (Being a volunteer is a challenge but I learned a lot),” she added.

For over three years of selfless love for the community that her family belongs to, she never surrendered to the challenges.

“Nagtagal ako bilang volunteer dahil sa suporta ning pag-iriba ko dahil nagatarabangan kami (I remained as a volunteer because they support and help me),” she added.

Cyrel is also a barangay health worker since 2009. Her three children became recipients of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program the same year.

According to her, the health center helped the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya to get regular checkups because they now have nurses on duty from Mondays to Fridays. The drainage canal also prevented flooding and curbed dengue cases in their village.

Cyrel was motivated to live in a better community where they would not worry about their health and surroundings. The support she got from her family enabled her to perform her duty in the community to achieve better lives for everyone.

Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD),

CDD puts power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves.

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DSWD initiates Talakayan in 15 municipalities in Bicol

The DSWD through Kalahi-CIDSS initiated the conduct of “Municipal Talakayan” in 15 municipalities which started last August 14, 2015 in Ocampo, Camarines Sur.

It is a municipal-level democratic dialogue which aims to measure the condition and level of local development of Kalahi-CIDSS municipalities by bringing all stakeholders together using a participatory approach through knowledge generation, sharing and collaborative self-assessment among stakeholders.

“The Municipal Talakayan is like a State of the Nation Address (SONA) that presents reports on a local government’s accomplishments and an open forum that entitles the public to raise questions about development to the government officials,” Dir. Garcia said.

In Ocampo, the barangay captains, selected residents, civil society organizations (CSOs), indigenous people and municipal local government unit officials were present.

Joysharon Ponciano of Brgy. Hibago in Ocampo said that she is grateful to attend the said activity because the people are updated of the local government’s programs and activities.

“Gusto ko magkaugwa pa sa susunod para aram mi ang nangyayari (I want this to be conducted again to know what is happening)” she added.

The same group of people will be invited in the following municipalities:
• Viga, Catanduanes
• Gigmoto, Catanduanes
• San Vicente, Camarines Norte
• Basud, Camarines Norte
• Labo, Camarines Norte
• Caramoan, Camarines Sur
• Bato, Camarines Sur
• Baao, Camarines Sur
• Libmanan, Camarines Sur
• Bula, Camarines Sur
• Bombon, Camarines Sur
• Gainza, Camarines Sur
• Ragay, Camarines Sur

The town of Cabusao in Camarines Sur has also conducted their Municipal Talakayan last August 17, 2015. The series of municipal dialogue is expected to end in November this year.

Kalahi-CIDSS- Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD).

Community-driven development (CDD) puts power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves.

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DSWD- RJJCW conducts consultation-dialogue with five Pillars of Justice

The DSWD Bicol through the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (RJJWC) has recently conducted series of provincial consultation-dialogue with the Five Pillar of Justice on handling cases of children in conflict with the law (CICL).

The five pillars of justice composes the following: law enforcement, prosecution, court, penology and community.

DSWD Director Arnel Garcia, chairman of the RJJWC explained that the activity is a venue to orient the Local social Welfare and Development Officers (LSWDOs) on the salient features of RA 9344 as amended by RA 10630, an “Act Strengthening the Juvenile Justice System in the Philippines. The law seek to institutionalization and strengthening of the national and regional structures through the following:

•Transfer of the administrative supervision over the JJWC secretariat from DOJ to the chairperson of the council, the DSWD.
•Creation of RJJWC to oversee the implementation of the law at the regional and local level.
•Strengthening of the JJCW National Secretariat , and
•Strengthen collaboration with the local government through an additional member of the council from the league of provincial, municipalities, cities and barangays.

Garcia likewise shared that over the years, it has been a challenge on the part of the implementers to inform the general public that the law is not punitive but rather restorative. This is to give opportunity to children who committed an offense to change and start a new life through the provision of intensive intervention for the children.The salient features of the law was also discussed as follows:

•Strengthening of center-based intervention for children above 12 years up to 15 years of age who do not incur criminal liability but a.) have committed a serious crime under Sec 20-A of the Act. B) have been found to have repeat offenses, and c.) children 12 up to 15 years of age who have been found to be dependent , abandoned, neglected, or abused by parents or guardians:
1.Provision of intensive intervention through the intensive Juvenile Intervention and Support Center of the Bahay Pag-Asa
2.Intervention to be provided through the multi-disciplinary team of the IJISC

•Protection of the cicl at all stages of contact with the juvenile justice and welfare system by installing mechanisms which will safeguard the rights of the children whether at risk or in conflict with the law and whether the child shall incur or will be exempt from criminal liability.
•Establishment and institutionalization of a referral system and centralized juvenile justice and welfare information management system that will ensure that interventions that are provided efficiently and timely can be evaluated as to their effectiveness and maybe collectively used for programs and policy planning and development.
•Mandatory development and integration of the Local Comprehensive Juvenile Intervention Program in the LGUs local development plan with a budget allocation for strengthening of the programs of LCPCs and a distinct budget to be set aside by LGU from their annual budget., and
•Allocation Of Php 400 million that will be coursed through the DPWH to fund the construction of Bahay Pag-Asa as identified priority (HUCs and provinces) by the JJWC.# # # # #eejerusalem 08-11-2015

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Villages start construction of anti-poverty projects in Bicol, to receive P2.3 billion

Residents, who take the lead role in the implementation of the 1,284 people-identified subprojects in Bicol under Kalahi-CIDSS- Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), had already started the construction of the said community projects this month.

“We target that these subprojects are completed before the year ends so that the poor villages can immediately use these facilities and services,” Dir. Arnel Garcia said.

According to Dir. Garcia, DSWD had already downloaded 1.048 billion out of the 2.3 billion grant for the 2014-2015 implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS to the communities in 88 municipalities. Barangays had already opened separate bank accounts to get the Kalahi-CIDSS grants.

“The project-hired area coordinators of DSWD, Barangay Treasurers and the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairpersons are the bank signatories authorized to disburse the funds for the labor and materials and other administrative expenses incurred for the subprojects,” Dir. Garcia added.

DSWD requires the communities to submit documents to avail of the funds which is released in three tranches. DSWD will only download the first tranche of the funds when the communities completely submit documents such as project proposals, technical/engineering, financial, legal and procurement documents. The rest of the funds are only transferred to their accounts when the communities reached the required target for the subproject physical completion and fund utilization with corresponding liquidation of documents to DSWD for the succeeding two tranches.

“The residents who are elected as volunteers are trained on project management with the technical assistance from our DSWD-hired employees to ensure that there is people participation and transparency in all transactions done,” Dir. Garcia added.

On the other hand, communities were selected based on the community’s population, number of poor households and damage affected households (Typhoon Glenda, Super Typhoon Yolanda).

Marjorie Oshiro of Brgy. San Roque, Sto. Domingo, Albay was delighted that the construction of the drainage canal that will benefit 224 household including theirs had started last July 16, 2015. She said that their house gets inundated during continuous downpour and looks forward that the canal will protect them from flooding once completed.

San Roque had already received the first tranche download of P453,144.20 out of the total project cost of P566,430.25.

Subprojects refer to the community projects generated through the Kalahi-CIDSS planning process. It is a set of development activities or interventions designed, implemented, maintained by a partner community in Barangay/s in order to respond/address a need/s or problem/s identified during the Participatory Situation Analysis.

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