World Bank Group head hails Pinoys' resiliency to cope with disasters

Tanauan, Leyte – Filipinos are known to be resilient, possessing the ability to readily bounce back after experiencing disasters.

This was affirmed by World Bank Group (WBG) President Jim Yong Kim during the meeting of various civil society organizations (CSOs), international humanitarian organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs), and local stakeholders held recently in this town.

The WBG head, who was joined by Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman to the gathering, also committed the support of his organization to the rehabilitation efforts for Typhoon Yolanda survivors.

“The Philippines can be the next economic miracle in Asia,” he said, emphasizing that “all of us have the responsibility to make sure that the Philippines lives up to that great promise that many developing countries saw in the country many years ago. “

The WBG has been a development partner of DSWD through the KapitBisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), now known as KALAHI CIDSS-National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP).

Using the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach, KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is the national expansion of Kalahi- CIDSS, which started in 2003 as the flagship poverty alleviation program of the DSWD.

It enables poor and vulnerable communities to identify their own needs to address their common problems.

These include local infrastructures such as water system, roads, bridges, health stations, and school buildings, among others.

WBG pledged to provide US$479 million for KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP, which will benefit 571 municipalities including five million individuals living in Yolanda-affected communities.

For her part, Sec. Soliman underscored the importance of CDD, especially in disaster-hit areas, such as Region VIII, to speed up their recovery.

“President Kim’s visit reinforces World Bank’s long-term commitment and support to our rehabilitation efforts. This is a testament to their continued trust in our Department and our government,” Sec. Soliman said. ###