A housewife learns the basics of construction

The poor village of Iyagan in Baao, Camarines Sur worked hard for their first concrete access road. The 1.71 km pathway was completed in 2013 and since then, everyone in the community is reaping the benefits of what they sacrificed for.

Necita Mesa, a housewife with three children, was one of the residents who built their access road. In April 2013, her colleague who belongs to the Barangay Subproject Management Committee (BSPMC), the community implementer of the access path, offered her a construction job to which she accepted without any reservations. She needed to break her back for her family because she just lost her husband, the provider of the family, that time.

“Kaipuhan ko magsikap para sa mga aki ko (I need to sacrifice for my children),” she said.

The construction started in May 2013; she reported from Mondays to Saturdays for almost a month. Necita was inexperienced but she learned to shovel and bag the sand, arrange the sand bags and assist the foreman and other laborers when needed.

Like other male laborers, she received the same compensation of Php252.00 daily wherein Php25.00 was deducted from it as her in-kind contribution to the project.

From her earnings, she bought school supplies for her children in preparation for the opening of classes in June. Aside from extra income, she also gained new learnings from being a laborer. According to her, wearing personnel protective equipment (PPE) in the construction site is very important to avoid accidents. She dutiful wore socks, pants, long sleeves and other protective gears during her construction stint.

“Natutusok ang bitis ko ning gapo kaya mas gusto ko magsulog bota (I preferred to wear boots because rocks pierce the sole of my feet without it),” she said.

Kalahi-CIDSS, a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD), funded the construction of the pathway amounting to P2,475,544.00 with a grant of 1,390,779.55 from Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent U.S. foreign aid agency created in 2004 to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by helping countries promote economic growth.

“The program strictly ensures that there are no accidents, diseases and other harmful effects on the health of the workers during the construction period so that they can continue to work as scheduled and get paid for their services,” DSWD Dir. Garcia said.

The program allocates budget for minimum PPE like hand gloves, hard hats, rubber boots and safety belts.

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DSWD trains thousands of Bicolanos on project proposal making

DSWD targets to train more than 7,000 residents on project proposal making as part of the Project Development Workshop (PDW) conducted through Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services).

The said training started last March and will end this April in 88 municipalities and 2,490 communities are the recipients of the training.

The residents trained in PDW were those members of the Project Preparation Team (PPT) elected during the first Barangay Assembly (BA) done in the last quarter of 2014.

“We will download the 2.3 billion to the communities prioritized for Kalahi-CIDSS funding so we need to train them on how to develop project proposals to get the funding and address their needs in a timely manner,” DSWD Dir. Garcia said.

The main purpose of PDW is to train residents on how to prepare detailed community project proposals for public goods, community enterprise, and/or human resource development and capability building subprojects. These include training on feasibility study preparation, technical design of community infrastructure and public works projects, preparation of implementation plans and program of work, community procurement, community finance, and integration of environmental and social management plan (ESMP) and mitigating measures.

Remigio Capobres, an elderly of Brgy. Tuba, Donsol, is one of the elected PPT members who traveled on foot for about an hour from their community to the venue to attend the two-day PDW.

“Gusto ko pa matuto sa mga isinasagawang trainings ng Kalahi-CIDSS bilang tulong sa aming barangay sa pghahanda kung sakaling palarin nang mabigyan ng pondo ang matagal na naming pangarap na proyekto, ang mgkaroon ng konkretong daanan (I want to learn from the trainings of Kalahi-CIDSS to help our village prosper once our dream project, concrete pathway, becomes eligible for funding,” he said.

PPT is formed to lead in the preparation of community proposals for sub-projects recommended by the barangays for prioritization in subsequent project activities, or for submission to possible funding groups and by Kalahi-CIDSS. It is composed of a minimum of three (3) members per barangay, at least one of which should be a woman.

For 2014-2015, there are about 7,000 residents elected as members of PPT. Aside from PPT, there are other groups formed under Kalahi-CIDSS through (BA) that will serve as the frontline implementers of community project the people identified themselves.

To date, DSWD is expecting 1,186 community proposals for the 2014-2015 implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS. Communities prioritized for Kalahi-CIDSS funding were selected based on the community’s population, number of poor households and damage affected households (Typhoon Glenda, Super Typhoon Yolanda).

“Kalahi-CIDSS invests on human development. The construction of community projects is just our instrument to promote empowerment through people participation,” Dir. Garcia added.

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DSWD holds 3rd Joint WB-ADB-DFAT Implementation Support Mission in Bicol

Legazpi City–The key officials of the national government agencies (NGAs) and DSWD’s development partners visited two towns in Bicol for the Third Implementation Support Mission last April 9, 2015 to look into the enhancements of Kalahi-CIDSS program of DSWD.

Members of World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) together with the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and Department of Education (DepEd) split up into two groups who simultaneously interviewed stakeholders at the community and municipal level in Donsol and Gubat, both Kalahi-CIDSS areas in the province of Sorsogon.

The visit is part of the oversight activities for the monitoring and evaluation of Kalahi-CIDSS program. The activity aimed to achieve the following:
1. Determine progress in meeting covenants/agreements from the last mission including compliance to fiduciary and safeguards requirements;
2. Identify key implementation lessons and challenges and their implications to operational policy, operational systems and procedures and project support;
3. Consult stakeholders including partner NGAs on policy enhancements to support implementation.

According to Dir. Arnel Garcia, DSWD needs the commitment of different partners and stakeholders to support Kalahi-CIDSS to meet the needs of its partner-beneficiaries in a timely manner. He said that the mission is an integral part of improving systems and policies of the program.

The mission jumped-off with a consultation dialogue with the mayors and their department heads who gave feedbacks on Kalahi-CIDSS’ implementation.

Mayor Josephine Alcantara is grateful of the programs and projects they receive from DSWD and other NGAs.

“The local government unit is the poorest branch of the government but we appreciate all their support being poured into our municipality,” she said.

Head of the mission commends a community
A focused group discussion (FGD) ensued at the community. Marilou Padua of World Bank, the head of the mission, lauded the resolute commitment of residents in Brgy. Gura, Donsol.

The said village proposed the construction of a school building in 2011 under Kalahi-CIDSS however, Brgy. Gura gave way to other communities since the grant fund can only suffice to 15 projects. Despite of this, they freely accepted and completely understood the result because it was based on criteria they have agreed on.

“Brgy. Gura demonstrated empowerment because they suspended gratification for the benefit of others,” Padua said.

Moreover, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), a development partner of Kalahi-CIDSS supporting the national government’s thrust to provide basic education and reduce poverty, funded the construction of their school building last year. World Bank and Asian Development Bank are also funding partners of the program.

The members of the mission in Bicol comprise Ludy Anducta, Danilo Lapid and Tomas Sta Maria of World Bank, Alice Tiongson of ADB, Gloria P. Madayag and Emer Rojas of NAPC, Rowena dela Cruz of DepEd; Amante Sabangan and Engr. Abe Cea from the National Project Management Office of Kalahi-CIDSS also joined the team.

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

The operations of the community-driven development (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.

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 Bicol hosts project concept formulation workshop for improved local governance and DRRM

Legazpi City—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 5 hosted a three-day national project concept formulation on March 11-14, 2015 at Hotel St. Ellis to support one of the agency’s poverty reduction programs, Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), one of the development partners of DSWD, announced that they will be funding a new project, which will focus on improved local governance and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM), both of which are key thematic areas of Kalahi-CIDSS.

The national project concept formulation workshop aims to identify best practices in local governance that addresses DRRM schemes and requirements, articulate possible intervention areas given the current implementation arrangements of Kalahi-CIDSS, and formulate a project concept for possible funding through Spanish assistance grant.

Meanwhile, Kalahi-CIDSS Deputy National Program Manager for Technical Support Services Division (TSSD) Jojo Aguilar discussed the DRRM approaches and thrusts of the program.

Mercedes Bareas of AECID also presented the design of its new development assistance program.

The activity was attended by officials from AECID, headed by Senior Program Manager for Social Development Mercedes Bareas, and DSWD officials from the national and regional offices.

Kalahi-CIDSS employs community-driven development (CDD) approach that gives ordinary residents the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement community projects that address needs identified by communities themselves.

AECID had previously funded community projects in Bicol under PODER, a modality of Kalahi-CIDSS, since 2005. Through this project, the region was able to implement …

The latest partnership between AECID and DSWD in Bicol was Local Empowerment and Development for Good Governance (LEADGOV) which focused in providing capacity building trainings to two local government units (LGUs) namely, San Pascual and Minalabac, for improved governance and development planning.

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The road most traveled

So near yet so far away.

The island barangay of Busing is only two nautical miles or 3.7 kilometers away from the town of San Pascual in Burias island of Masbate province.

Out of the 22 barangays of San Pascual, it is described to be one of the impoverished.

The sea surrounding Busing is a gift and a curse.

While most of its 450 households rely on fishing, the sea connecting the town and Busing becomes an impediment. Rough waters during the monsoon season and typhoon postpone the travel of the passengers heading to town.

It is only during a good weather that the residents of Busing can continue their trip to buy food supplies, sell goods, attend school and transact with offices.

According to Alona Morales, a local official of San Pascual, lack of access is the reason why the residents are deprived of opportunities.

The people are barely accustomed with this kind of life. They are only left with risky boat rides that will circumnavigate the Busing Island for about 45 minutes to get them to San Pascual’s trading center.

However, going to sitio Kibrada was a shorter route that leads them to the nearest part of Busing to town.

Mercy Aguilar, a native of Busing, said that she seldom take this way because of the muddy path in rainy season though it cuts off her total travel time.

The boat trip from Kibrada only takes five minutes where she does not worry of the turbulent sea.

Aguilar, 40, she cannot even attend school back when she was in high school since they need to go to San Pascual proper to attend high school.

The first breed of habal-habal drivers in Busing Island
With the construction of 1.24 kilometers concrete pathway in 2014 from Busing’s poblacion, Danao, to Kibrada, habal-habal is a hit livelihood in Busing.

Habal-habal or even known as “skylab” in other regions, is a hired motorcycle to transport public commuters. In other places, it can even transport up to 10 passengers but in Busing, there is a maximum of two.

Most people would agree to Aguilar and would opt to take this route, now, given the ease of developed means of transportation adopting the same practice as what they have seen in town.

Juvy Mahinay, one of the pioneer habal-habal drivers in Busing, said that he used to catch and sell fish for a living but he admitted it was not a regular source of income.

He was grateful to the first-ever concrete pathway in their village.

With a little background in driving a motorcycle, he started to carry most people from Danao to Kibrada that easily connects his passengers to the five-minute boat journey to the town.

He discovered that this was better than catching fish.

He and his colleagues would collect a fee of P20.00 per passenger while P5.00 for the students. Mahinay said that transportation is fast and easy most specially to the Busing students going to San Pascual National High School.

On a daily basis, he earns from P100.00 to P300.00 that can support his seven-month old baby and wife.

According to Mahinay, his regular earning can now sustain their daily expenses at home.

“May pangbagas na kami kasabay pa ang pang-gasolina (We can buy rice and also fuel),”he added.

To date, there are more than 20 habal-habal drivers in Busing. According to Mahinay’s mother, Nimfa, this created an alternative source of income for some who doesn’t know about fishing.

“Su nagtitios dati na dae tatao magdagat, su mayo talaga aram na trabaho, naga habal-habal, ngunyan nakakdelhensiya sinda (the poor who do not know fishing and whose unemployed are now earning from habal-habal),”she added.

The community grant of P600, 000.00 from Payapa at Masaganag Pamayanan (PAMANA), a modality of Kalahi-CIDSS, and the Php250,000.00 as the counterpart from the local government unit (LGU) of San Pascual.

Stories of change
Nimfa would spend P300.00 to get a rented boat for a roundtrip ride from sitio Danao to San Pascual town, but now, she can get to the same destination for P20.00 in sitio Kibrada as her jump off point with daily boat trips. Similarly, students heading to San Pascual only pay P10.00 each.

The new set of Busing’s barangay officials elected in 2013 became more participative and supportive to programs and projects coming to them. The construction of their concrete pathway was one of the community projects in which they are grateful most.

Nimfa, also a barangay official, encouraged other officials and the residents to continuously support the development in their community through their direct participation.

“Dae kita pwedeng magtamad ta yaon jan nakasalalay ang improvement kang barangay ta (We cannot be lazy because progress depends on us),”she added.

Aguilar, on the other hand, said that it takes 30 minutes to travel on foot from Danao to Kibrada but with the habal-habal, it is only five minutes.

She is also a volunteer of the concreting of their pathway who was involved in the implementation.
As a housewife and high school graduate, she appreciated the new learnings from the trainings she attended in relation to the implementation of their community project.

“Nakaaram po (I learned),”she said.

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Gubatnon villagers foster peace

A community faces different threats to peace and security and a village in Gubat, Sorsogon faces the same ordeal.

In Pinontingan, a coastal village home to 1,342 residents, crime is rampant.

Most of its 335 households are storeowners, laborers and fishermen.

Pinontingan has two big schools namely, Bicol University Gubat Campus (BUGC) and Gubat North Central School (GNCS).

The Christ the King park and Gubat Saint Anthony Parish Church are both located in this part of the town.

Its proximity to the town welcomes different people and unknown visitors making it more difficult to secure the area.

The barangay council recorded 46 cases related to crime in 2012 and 2013 where physical injury and theft is very common.

“Base sa record, halangkaw ang karalitan (Based on the record, [the cases of] theft is high),” Brgy. Kgd. Nicanor Ermino, Peace and Order Committee chairman, said.

His two roosters worth of Php3,000.00 were respectively stolen in 2011 and 2012 by minors allegedly coming from another community.

Liberata Esquijo, another resident, claimed that her child’s six-month old bike was also stolen in 2012.

The barangay council admitted that their eight barangay tanods or the barangay police officers, who go on alternating schedules for duty, only reports from eight in the evening until midnight.

The daily honorarium of Php27.00 is a meager amount commensurate to their functions to keep peace and order in the community.

However, the construction of 12 units of street lighting this year and the installation of four units of closed-circuit television (CCTV) last year controlled criminal activities in Pinontingan.

Streetlights were evenly distributed in the darkest spots of its four puroks while the CCTV was placed in the most critical areas of the village namely, BUGC, GNCS, the streets of Burgos and Rizal which serves as the entry and exit to and from Pinontingan.

According to Brgy Capt. Ramon Farenas, the CCTV serves as the lookout for Pinontingan especially in the dead of the night.

“Nakadanon sa peace and order (It contributed to peace and order),” Carlos Estrellado, a community volunteer who helped in the construction of the abovementioned projects, said.

“Nakuha mi na ang gusto mi,” he added.

With the participation of the people in the identification of development interventions that will address their priorities, Estrellado was grateful of these new projects.

Similarly, Farenas appreciated the solar-powered streetlights because it illuminates the community even during brownouts.

Support from the barangay council and its residents
The barangay council of Pinontingan allotted Php5,000.00 for the operation and maintenance of the CCTV.

The council also provided a counterpart of Php90,000.00 out of the Php390,000.00 total project cost for the CCTV. Same amount of counterpart was also poured in by the barangay to complete the construction of the streetlights.

“I support the project for as long as my constituents will benefit from it,” Farenas added.

Through these projects, there was an increase in people’s participation in community activities and they are now helping.

“Naging cooperative na ang mga tao ta naimod na ninda ang mga benepisyo na makukua (The people became cooperative because they can see the benefits from the projects,” Estrellado added.

In addition, two of the members of the barangay council are assigned to check and monitor the recorded footages from the CCTV to check of any violence-related activities.

New learnings
The community volunteers are members of the Barangay Subproject Management Committee (BSPMC) elected through the barangay assembly to lead and manage the community projects to address the needs of the people.

The CCTV and streetlights were one of the development projects of Kalahi-CIDSS under Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) which ensures that peace is maintained in the community through greater community participation.

Marites Real, another community volunteer in Pinontingan, said that she will never forget the new learnings she reaped as a volunteer.

She became the Procurement Team member in the construction of their community projects.

Her main function was to facilitate the canvas of the materials and equipment needed for the CCTV and streetlights and serve the purchase order to the lowest responsive bidder.

Apart from that, she was delegated to take the minutes of their meeting to record all the agreements during the procurement of the projects.

Real was challenged by this new task assigned to her because she has no background in doing so. She was left with the choice to forcibly learn the skills of writing the document that will be part of the project’s completion.

Even though she disliked writing, she realized that she can do it for the benefit of their community.

“Dati di ako maaram pag minutes, pero at least niyan may idea na ako (I have no idea in [writing] minutes [of the meeting] but now at least I have an idea),” she explained.

She was able to improve her skills along with the other volunteers through the training in minutes writing which was conducted through Kalahi-CIDSS.

She kept the training materials for her future reference and guide that became handy during the actual application.

“Daghanon ang mga naaraman ko sa mga trainings and seminars bilang volunteer (I learned a lot from trainings and seminars as a volunteer),” she said.

Moreover, she attested that the residents like her are truly involved in all the processes for their community projects.

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DSWD beneficiaries return the favor to their community

“Mayo lamang nagkakaginiribo (They do nothing).”

This is the popular remark towards Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program recipients that Leoncia Bigay, one of its beneficiaries in Ocampo, Camarines Sur, would like to confute.

At present, she is the parent leader of 36 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Zone 3 of Brgy. Salvacion and also a volunteer of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), another DSWD poverty alleviation program employing community-driven development (CDD) approach.

CDD puts the power 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.

Moreover, Pantawid Pamilya or conditional cash transfer (CCT) is a program that invests in human capital that is contributory to poverty-reduction. It provides monthly cash grants of P500 in health and P300 (elementary) or P500 (high school) in a family for maximum of three children, ages 0-18, enrolled in the program.

“Dakulang bagay ang 4Ps [Pantawid Pamilya] ta nakatabang sa edukasyon asin pagkakan (Pantawid Pamilya is a big help for education and food),” Bigay said.

Aside from the cash grants to support poor families in health and education, discussions on interpersonal, interactive and adult learning engagement are emphasized to empower and strengthen the relationship and ties among family members and the community.

The Pantawid Pamilya Municipal Link assigned to Salvacion, Domaida Latumbo, reiterated the importance of their roles as active citizens through regular meetings and monthly Family Development Session (FDS).

“Tinutukduan mi po sinda maging active sa barangay activities and maging huwarang mamayan (We teach them to become active citizens through community service and become role models),” Latumbo said.

Consequently, Bigay had already mobilized her members to become active members of the society through monthly community service.

As part of this, their newest undertaking was conducted last February 4, 2015 wherein all of them fused with other residents who joined in the clearing works during the ongoing construction of their drainage canal constructed through Kalahi-CIDSS.

Beforehand, Bigay suggested to Latumbo that they can render clean-up drive in Zone 3 when Latumbo asked for their community service initiatives in their FDS last January which impressed her for such great proposal.

“Kami man lang kaiyan manginabang (We will benefit from it),”explained by Bigay to Latumbo.

Bigay also coordinated to her co-volunteers, the frontline implementers of the drainage canal in Salvacion, through its head, Asuncion Ponce.

She recommended to Ponce that they are willing to assist them in any way to which the latter enthused about since she really promotes community participation.

“Maray pang magrarabus kitang mga magurang para makatabang kami sa Kalahi-CIDSS pati na sa mga laborers (It’s better for us parents to help the laborers in the clean-up for Kalahi-CIDSS)”Bigay told her colleagues.

Both women leaders tapped their barangay officials to solicit food for the half-day activity starting from seven in the morning until noon.

The barangay council sponsored pansit, bread and toasted siopao while the beneficiaries brought juice and water.

All Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of Zone 3 thronged to the construction site and weeded out grass and disposed trash.

The laborers were delighted to see them carry and transfer rocks as part of the clearing works in the said construction.

According to Rosa Lustina, the Community Empowerment Facilitator assigned by Kalahi-CIDSS in Salvacion, that through their bayanihan efforts, they have shorten the time spent for clearing rocks and grubbing to where the drainage canal will be constructed.

The people of Salvacion agreed to propose the construction of drainage canal for funding because of the imminent threat of flood in the area affecting their livelihood and social conditions.

The barangay officials greatly supported the priorities of its inhabitants by providing 10% local counterpart contribution of the total community project cost of P1,973,000.00 in which Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the development partner of Kalahi-CIDSS, provided 1,636,655.00 as community grant.

“Ang barangay council supportive maray sa arog kaining proyekto ta gusto mi ning development. Nagabot po sa P197,300.00 ang counterpart hale sa Internal and Revenue Allotment (IRA) kang barangay (The barangay council is very supportive. Our counterpart amounted to P197,300 from our IRA,” Brgy. Capt. Nicolas Dela Cruz.

Salvacion is also a recipient of DSWD’s Supplemental Feeding Program wherein 15 of 22 beneficiaries are also Pantawid Pamilya. In total, SFP caters to 1,585 beneficiaries to 56 Day Care Centers in Ocmpo.

The municipality of Ocampo is also a recipient 85 core shelters under DSWD’s Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) and 207 of its senior citizens receive Social Pension downloaded by DSWD to the local government unit (LGU).

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa mga programa ning DSWD kaya gigibohun mi man ang samong maitatabang para makabalos man kami mask diit (We thank DSWD for these programs so we will return the favor by helping even in the simplest way),” Bigay said.

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Poor communities affected by disasters get funding from DSWD, complete start-up activities

DSWD derived the final list of prioritized poor communities to be funded under Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of its poverty reduction programs, from recently completed Municipal Forums in 88 municipalities in Bicol last January.

From 2014-2015 alone, Bicol is allocated with P2,301,239,625.00 out of P4,497,448,175.00 grant allocation for its five-year implementation in the region. One of the Kalahi-CIDSS’ thrusts is to support the post-disaster response and development in Typhoon Yolanda-affected municipalities covered by the program. Areas for coverage were also selected based on poverty incidence.

The Municipal Forum convened all the communities represented by the barangay captains, residents elected as community volunteers, civil society organizations (CSOs), people’s organizations (POs) and representatives of national government agencies (NGAs) together with the mayors and Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members to confirm prioritized projects through a resolution of grant allocation that will respond to the needs of the barangays specially those who are affected by and vulnerable to disasters.

The criteria on how poor communities were prioritized for funding were based on the community’s population, number of Listahanan poor households and the number of damage affected households.

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor by making the database of poor families available and becomes the basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services.

Initial set of community activities were conducted last October to November 2014 wherein 2,490 barangays participated in the consultation meetings facilitated by DSWD field workers together with the respective barangay officials through the barangay assemblies. The residents agreed and approved the list of priority needs and projects which were generated from the damage assessment and needs analysis (DANA) results provided by the local government units (LGUs) which were extensively validated by the residents and DSWD.

“The participation of ordinary residents in the program is very crucial in the development priorities of the government since they know what they need to solve poverty,” Dir. Arnel Gracia said.

Barangay Assembly is a major avenue for direct participation of the people in local governance agenda for Kalahi-CIDSS, where issues are discussed and decisions are documented and supported.

Kalahi-CIDSS has an “open menu” wherein communities can propose any project, provided the amount involved is within the municipal allocation and does not belong to its negative list.

The prioritized communities are now preparing their respective project proposals to utilize the approved fund allocated to them for projects like multi-purpose building, concrete pathway

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