Aussie gov't grants P33M for 26 WV projects

ILOILO CITY - The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian government has provided a P33.1 million grant to support the government’s efforts on education in Western Visayas.

The grant will be used for the construction of 26 sub-projects consisting of day care centers and school buildings in identified municipalities in the region.

Maricar Calubiran, DSWD 6 Kalahi CIDDS Social Marketing Officer, said DFAT is now on its second year implementation in the region.

Of this P33.1 million, some P20.4 million went to Iloilo province for the construction of 15 sub-projects; P11,050,000 for Capiz for nine sub-projects and P1.6 million for Negros Occidental for the construction of two units classroom buildings in Calatrava town.

In Iloilo, the 15 sub-projects will be implemented in Bingawan, Lambunao, Maasin, Calinog and Btac. Viejo towns.
Calubiran said the three towns except Bingawan and Btac. Viejo are already covered by DFAT in 2013.

The 9 sub projects in Capiz province will be implemented in the municipalities of Maayon, Tapaz and Jamindan.

All the 9 DFAT covered municipalities are also Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP) areas in the region.

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is the expanded version of the Kalahi-CIDDS launched by the national government in 2003 that aims to alleviate poverty in rural communities using the community-driven (CDD) approach. The program being implemented by DSWD starting this year until 2019 was redesigned to respond to the impacts brought by typhoon ‘Yolanda’ to disaster declared municipalities. (JCM/LAF/PIA-Iloilo)