P360-M DSWD fund available for community-driven projects in Region 11

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao Region office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has received an allocation of more than P360 million this year for projects that will be identified and implemented by some of the poorest communities in the region.

Target beneficiaries are areas with the highest poverty incidence, mainly 4th to 6th class municipalities. Among the Davao Region municipalities being eyed for the program are Nabunturan, Pantukan, New Bataan, Boston, Taragona, Governnor Generoso, Caraga, Cateel, Kapalong, New Corella, and Malita.

The projects include farm-to-market roads, school buildings, and capacity building initiatives for livelihood.

There are 847 municipalities nationwide which are considered the poorest in the country, noted Julie Ace Brandon F. Ramos, information officer of DSWD-Region 11’s Kapitbisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program.

This year, Kalahi-CIDDS’s target is to reach 5.4 million households nationwide.

Ms. Ramos said the DSWD will coordinate with local government units so that they can replicate the DSWD programs and procedures.

Under the Kalahi-CIDDS strategy, the people in the community identify and decide on their priority needs, how to address these, design and implement the project themselves, and manage the related resources for implementation.

“The ‘doer’ of the program is the community and the government that are helping to alleviate poverty,” she told BusinessWorld in an interview. ###