DSWD launches 4.5B poverty-reduction program for 101 Bicol municipalities

LEGAZPI CITY  (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officially launched the National Community-Driven PROGRAM (NCDDP) on October 16, 2014 at the Police Regional Office V, Camp General Simeon A. Ola here together with mayors and governors who forged the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to formally start its implementation.

DSWD Bicol director Arnel Garcia led the ceremonial signing of the MOA with the mayors all over the region to formalize the engagement of local government units (LGUs) and to address poverty and accept KALAHI CIDSS─NCDDP in their respective municipalities.

The leaders showed their support to the project by stamping their handprints on the commitment board with the project’s tagline, “Kaya natin ang pagbabago kapag magkakapit-bisig tayo!” and by releasing balloons as symbol of rise from poverty.

NCDDP scaled-up the community-driven development (CDD) strategy, which was proven effective by the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI CIDSS) in its past 11 years of implementation in the Philippines.

KALAHI CIDSS has been implemented in all six provinces of Bicol region since 2003 addressing the most pressing need of a village with the collaborative efforts of local residents and their LGUs.

Garcia said its implementation will be extended from 48 municipalities in 2014 to 101 municipalities until 2018 with total community grant amouting to about P4.5 billion.

“From 48 municipalities it will now expand to 101 municipalities from 2014 to 2018. About 4.5 billion is the total community grant to fund the expansion of the project in all provinces,” Garcia said.

From that said grant, Albay has been allocated with P304, 884,950.00; Camarines Norte with P459,157,540.00; Camarines Sur with P1,888,007,990.00; Catanduanes P247,146,675.00; Masbate P941,078,020.00 and Sorsogon P657,173,000.00.

He added that 92 municipalities will implement the said project this year while the rest will be done in the succeeding years. Municipalities are identified as beneficiaries based on the 2010 poverty incidence survey including those affected by typhoon Yolanda.

Garcia said all eligible LGUs were required by DSWD to submit enrolment requirements last June to check their capacities in implementing the project.

Furthermore LGUs are to be engaged in providing technical assistance and local counterpart contribution to pursue subprojects such as health centers, school buildings, concrete pathways, water systems and other development interventions funded under KALAHI CIDSS─NCDDP.

“The involvement of the people in the implementation of community-identified subprojects promotes the key principles of participation, transparency and accountability in KALAHI CIDSS─NCDDP which improves our local governance,” Garcia stressed.

CDD puts the 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 subprojects that address needs identified by communities themselves.

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is one of the poverty alleviation programs of the Philippine Government being implemented by the DSWD along with Panatwid Pamilyang Pilipino PROGRAM and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). One of the target groups of the KALAHI CIDSS─NCDDP community subprojects are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries as well.

DSWD Bicol had started to pool applicants last March to fill up 1,315 JOB VACANCIES for the project’s expansion this year. The training for the hired field staff had started last September until next month. The national launching of the project was done in Ormoc, Leyte last June 23, 2014. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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