NCDDP is guided by the principles of LET-CIDSS:
- Localized decision-making. Communities decide on which projects will be implemented.
- Empowering. People are capacitated so they will become better prepared in managing community issues and problems, as well as in the planning, mobilization, implementation, and resource management of their projects.
- Transparent. A multi-level monitoring system is followed, wherein NGOs, media, and other groups are encouraged to do independent monitoring of Kalahi-CIDSS.
- Community prioritization. The participating barangays are tasked with submitting a proposal about their chosen projects in the MIBF. The community will then evaluate these proposals and identify which of these will be prioritized for funding.
- Inclusive and multi-stakeholder. Everyone in the barangay is involved in every step of the process of project implementation, from the creation of the proposal to the implementation and management of the project.
- Demand-driven. Communities are encouraged to prioritize their own needs, participate in the design of their own projects, and make decisions on how resources are used.
- Simple. All procedures and components of the project are kept simple to enable all stakeholders to easily and understand and become fully involved in the Project.
- Sustainable. All barangay projects will have viable long-term plans for operations and maintenance and sustainability.