First barangays to implement Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects in Central Luzon identified

TALUGTUG, NUEVA ECIJA – Talugtug, Nueva Ecija is the first town in Central Luzon to identify which barangays will receive community grants from the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Last May 21-22, Talugtug identified which of its 28 barangays will receive funding for the implementation of its chosen community projects through the said program.

Although Kalahi-CIDSS began in 2003, it was only in 2014 that Central Luzon became part of the program’s covered areas, following its scale-up into a national community-driven development (CDD) program.

The chosen barangays went through an activity called the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum-Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA), in which representatives from each village vote on which of the proposed community projects will receive funding from the program. Aside from the community residents, officials and staff of the Kalahi-CIDSS national and regional offices and the local government unit (LGU) of Talugtug attended the activity.

The number of prioritized barangays depended on the community grant from Kalahi-CIDSS, which was computed based on the poverty incidence, population size, and income class level of the municipality. Being a fourth-class municipality with a 26.82% poverty incidence and a population of 36,720, Talugtug received a community grant amounting to P8,516,400.

The communities showed their enthusiasm for Kalahi-CIDSS, from opening the program with a parade of floats prepared by each barangay, to their creative presentations of their proposed projects, done through songs, poems, and dances.

The votes resulted in the prioritization of three community project proposals from three barangays: Barangay Maasin’s potable water system, Barangay Mayamot I’s access road improvement, and Barangay Villa Rosario’s irrigation system. A fourth Talugtug barangay may be included, pending the finalization of the village’s resource mobilization. The cost of the three sub-projects will be funded by the Kalahi-CIDSS community grant, as well as the municipal local government unit’s local counterpart contribution amounting to P450,000.00. The other remaining barangays may still be prioritized in Kalahi-CIDSS in the next cycles of the program. Furthermore, the LGU and the national government agencies (NGA) who attended the MIBF-PRA committed to support them.

The residents from the prioritized barangays are thankful that their proposed community projects will be supported by Kalahi-CIDSS.

“Maraming salamat po sa Kalahi-CIDSS! Masayang masaya po kami dahil kami ang napili. Matutupad na ang aming pangarap na hindi na kami mahihirapan sa pag-iigib ng tubig! (Many thanks to Kalahi-CIDSS! We are very happy that we were chosen. Our dream of not experiencing difficulty fetching water will finally be achieved!)” Myrna De Leon, a community volunteer and resident of Barangay Maasin, said happily.

Despite their village not being one of the prioritized barangays during the activity, Elvira Rosquita of Barangay Quezon was also thankful to the program. She said, “Nagpapasalamat kami sa Kalahi-CIDSS sa masayang karanasan, sa pakikilahok sa lahat ng mga assemblies at gawain. Kami ay hindi malungkot kahit hindi kami na priority. Ang importante ay sinubukan namin (We would like to thank Kalahi-CIDSS for this fun experience, through the assemblies and activities. We are not sad even if we were not prioritized. What is important is that we tried).”

Talugtug Mayor Reynaldo Cachuela also expressed his thanks for the program.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa karangalan na ang Talugtug ay naisama sa programang ito ng gobyerno (I am thankful for the honor Talugtug was given in being included by this government program),” said Mayor Cachuela.

He expressed his appreciation of the program’s initiative to involve the citizens in the development process, saying, “I appreciate the trust of our government today. They are putting emphasis on our grassroots level”.

“Dahil dito, ibibigay namin ang aming suporta, rest assured of our commitment (Because of this, we will give you our support, rest assured of our commitment)”, Mayor Cachuela pledged, adding that the LGU and the Sangguniang Bayan will provide full support for the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS in Talugtug. ###