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Disaster-prone Leyte village gets housing project

TACLOBAN CITY—The Department of Social Welfare and Development, through its poverty-alleviation project Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), turned over on Sunday housing units in a remote community in Leyte province.

The project was funded by some P10.5 million of the Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC) and a counterpart of P1.3 million from the provincial and local government units (LGUs) for 270 residents in Balatson Village, Burauen, Leyte, a small landslide and flood-prone community.

The project has constructed disaster risk-reduction mitigating housing units, the first of its kind in the country.

It was completed within 140 days by locals following the community-driven development (CDD) approach, with technical assistance from Kalahi-CIDSS and the LGU of Burauen.

Implementing a project through CDD approach aims to empower communities through their enhanced participation in community projects that reduce poverty and strengthens community participation in local governance and develops local capacity to design, implement and manage development activities.

“This is a dream come true. All our sacrifices and tears are worth it and we are very thankful,” Balatson village chief Chona Maurillo said.

Their experience when Supertyphoon Yolanda struck had driven them to take action to look for better and safer place to live.

During the turnover ceremony, Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Program Coordinator Babes Sequito reminded the family beneficiaries to take care of their houses and start building a better community in their new site just like the way they build better houses. ###