P19.6 million Kalahi-CIDSS projects up in Sarangani Town

KORONADAL CITY --- Thousands of residents of coastal town of Maasim in Sarangani province are set to benefit some Php19.6 million of various community projects courtesy of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-A Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), government flagship poverty-reduction program.

Bai Zorahayda T. Taha, regional director of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in SOCCSKSARGEN said Tuesday that 11 villages of town have been identified as beneficiary communities of projects that seek to address their pressing needs.

According to Taha, far-flung communities of Nomoh and Kabatiol will have finally soon a safe source of potable water with the construction of water system amounting to Php1.53 million and Php1.03 million, respectively.

New school buildings with amenities in Lumasal (Php 3.49 million) and Malbang (PhP3.41 million) and a day care center in Php793 thousand are seen to address the perennial classroom shortage, especially with the implementation of Department of Education’s K-12 program.

Community training centers with skills training and livelihood component will be constructed in Bales (Php1.86 million), Seven Hills (Php1.96 million) and Kablacan (Php1.95 million).

Villages of Pananag and Kanalo will have new health station amounting to some Php890 thousand each while a drainage system amounting to Php1.82 million is expected to benefit families affected by flooding in Colon.

Meanwhile, Ann Allaga, the program’s area coordinator in town said that prior to this, villages of Maasim already benefited some  Php17.2  million worth of community projects including 11 units of school building and a training center from previous Kalahi-CIDSS implementations.

Allaga added that documents are now prepared and reviewed for the eventual release of funds to commence the sub-project implementation.

Maasim has been identified as one of the Kalahi-CIDSS areas for it is considered as one of the poorest towns in Sarangani.

According to the Small Area Estimate of 2009 of National Statistical Coordination Board, the town posted 52.2 poverty incidence.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a program funded by World Bank and Asian Development Bank, collaboratively implemented by DSWD and local government unit, aiming to reduce poverty, improve local governance, and empower communities through a more inclusive local planning and budgeting processes.###(Hilbert T. Estacion, Regional Social Marketing Officer, DSWD-12)