Super KC joins 'Yolanda' commemoration

BOGO CITY—In the midst of accomplishment reports, laden wreaths and lit candles, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII introduces a super hero to help empower Yolanda-hit communities as the country commemorates the anniversary of the super typhoon Yolanda.


With a face of silver and an attire of blue and green adorned with a red cape, Super KC met other government agencies, local and foreign NGOs, and Yolanda survivors during the province of Cebu’s commemoration of the typhoon Yolanda in Bogo City on November 6 to 7, 2014.


Super KC is a super hero who symbolizes KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP or Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – Community-Driven Development Program.


KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is one of the three core poverty alleviation programs of DSWD. It aims to empower people by helping them achieve the needs in their community. The program is a scale-up of the Community-Driven Development (CDD) strategy, which was used and proven effective by the Kalahi-CIDSS project in its past 11 years of implementation.


The silver face of Super KC represents the bright future of empowered communities. The green color of the costume carries the dominant color of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP and the blue color of the costume, red cape and yellow mask symbolize the protective embrace of DSWD.


Aside from these, Super KC also carries a shield of black with NCDDP letters and a baton with CEAC on it. CEAC or Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) is a process which guides communities on the road to being empowered individuals. It is composed of social preparation, community-planning, community-based implementation, community monitoring and evaluation and transition.


In region VII, there are 3.2 million households in 2,311 barangays that are covered by KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP.


The Yolanda-affected areas in the region are divided into two: the poor and non-poor.


The non-poor but Yolanda-affected areas are the municipalities of Balamban, Consolacion, Liloan, Naga, Medellin, Carmen, Compostela and Cordova in Cebu province; Tubigon, Ubay, Carmen, Loon, Calape, Jagna, Trinidad, and Maribojoc in Bohol province; and Valencia, Sibulan, Basay, Dauin and Amlan in Negros Oriental province.


Those categorized as poor and Yolanda-affected areas are the municipalities of Asturias, Bantayan, Daanbantayan, Dumanjug, San Francisco, San Remegio, Sibonga, Tabogon, Tuburan, Alcoy, Borbon, Catmon, Ginatilan, Madridejos, Pilar, Poro, Santa Fe, Santander, Sogo, Tabuelan and Tudela in Cebu province; Guindulman, Alicia, Anda, Antequera, Bilar, Buenavista, Candijay, Catigbian, Clarin, Inabanga, Lila, Loay, Loboc, Mabini, Pilar, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, Sagbayan, San Isidro, San Miguel, Sevilla, Balilihan and Valencia in Bohol province; Jimalalud, San Jose, Ayungon, Bindoy, La Libertad, Mabinay, Manjuyod, Pamplona, Tayasan and Vallehermoso in Negros Oriental province; and Lazi in Siquijor province.


KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP helps the communities in these areas by providing funds and experts like social workers, engineers and financial analysts to help them achieve their proposed projects. Majority of these projects that the communities have proposed to build are buildings, roads, footbridges and sea walls. ###