DSWD to roll out P294-M Kalahi-CIDSS projects in SOCCSKSARGEN
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Feb 18 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development is gearing up for the implementation of P294-million worth of development projects in various municipalities across SOCCSKSARGEN Region, an official of the agency here announced.
The projects, according to Regional Director Bai Zorahayda Taha, will be carried out under the expansion of the national government’s flagship poverty reduction program Kapit Bisig-Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS)
Taha said, 16 towns in three provinces are currently getting ready for the implementation of several community projects.
“Beneficiary towns are now in the preparation stages including the conduct of assemblies, workshops, identification and prioritization of community projects, request for fund release and other activities,” she said.
The amount, according to Taha represents the total municipal grant allocation based on the 2010 population census, 2009 poverty incidence survey and income class of each municipality.
Nine municipalities will be granted with maximum allocation amounting to P20 million each including Pikit in North Cotabato; Glan and Maasim in Sarangani; and Lambayong, Lutayan, Palimbang, Bagumbayan, Isulan and Lebak, in Sultan Kudarat.
Other beneficiaries and project allocations are as follows: Aleosan (P12.51 M), Banisilan (P13.96 M), Alamada (P19.88 M) in North Cotabato; Maitum (P14.58 M) and Kiamba (P19.20 M) in Sarangani, and Senator Ninoy Aquino (P15.22 M) and Kalamansig (P18.56 M) in Sultan Kudarat.
On the other hand, municipality of Carmen in North Cotabato is now on the process of enrollment to be the 17th beneficiary town in the region under the Program.
Carmen municipality will be allotted P20 million for various community projects, once the Program starts to roll out in the area.
For the implementation of the projects, recipient municipalities and barangays will contribute counterparts in cash and in-kind, Taha added.
Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the government’s flagship poverty-reduction programs implemented by DSWD. It has been recognized as an international development program awardee by the United States Treasury.
Kalahi-CIDSS utilizes the community-driven development (CDD) strategy proven to be effective in empowering communities, improving local governance and reducing poverty in various communities.
It gives communities control over resources in transparent ways through an inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation.
Kalahi-CIDSS expansion is a P43.9 billion Program through a grant from World Bank and Asian Development Bank and set for implement from 2014 to 2019 to benefit 847 municipalities in the country. ###