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DSWD-7 Trains Staff to Improve Poverty Alleviation Program

Indeed, good communication is the key to success.

To further improve the implementation of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the three core poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), its staff underwent a trainer’s training on conducting a dialogue between stakeholders in the municipalities.
The said dialogue is dubbed Municipal Talakayan. Talakayan is a Tagalog word for dialogue.

Municipal Talakayan is done to draw insights and identify ways to improve the local governance, citizen participation and community development in areas were Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects are being implemented. The dialogue gauges the nature and extent of community and local government engagement.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a program which empowers people by helping them achieve the basic needs in their communities thru working together in the management of resources. The program provides funding and experts to guide communities in achieving these. Most common of these subprojects which they have identified as most needed in their areas are roads, classrooms, water systems and bridges.

During the training, experienced staff also shared and learned various effective strategies from each other. Area coordinators, staff from the Regional and Sub-regional Program Management Office comprised the training participants.

Aside from the Municipal Talakayan, the participants were also trained on Sub-Project Implementation or SPI Database.

“SPI database is a tool to record information and monitor the implementation status of the subprojects in the partner communities,” Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Todd Lucero Sales explains.

With the SPI Database, information such as sub-project status, cost and the likes can be easily accessed. For example, if the staff in the regional office wants to know the percentage of completion of this community’s bridge or that barangay’s health center, he just clicks on the database and checks it out.

Total poverty alleviation is a big ambition in this country. But little by little, everyone in DSWD is sharing and working together to get there. ###