DSWD releases P1-B for Kalahi-CIDSS in Eastern Visayas
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, June 9 (PIA) -- A total of P1,008,526,165.63 has already been released to the barangay-beneficiaries of the whole Eastern Visayas through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program of the national government.
DSWD Regional Social Marketing Officer Jennifer Caspe Paa in a message said that of the 1,865 barangays throughout the region about 3,820 National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP)-funded sub-projects have been identified by the community.
She noted that although Eastern Visayas have the biggest NCDDP scope throughout the country, Kalahi-CIDSS in Region 8 is the first region to hit the disbursement target, saying that the P1-B release is downloaded directly to the community accounts of each barangay whose community members managed and implemented their chosen project.
Some of the identified sub-projects to be implemented this year include improvement of school buildings, rehabilitation of roads and bridges and construction of barangay evacuation centers.
“The milestones of Kalahi-CIDSS disbursement is not possible without the men and women of the community who put their heart to this program. We need to expedite the release of funds in order to translate this money into projects identified by the community members for their own development need especially in Yolanda-hit areas,” Paa quoted DSWD Regional Director Nestor Ramos.
Kalahi-CIDSS is the poverty alleviation program of the national government that seeks to empower community members using the Community-Driven strategy. The NCDDP is the expansion into a national scale of community-driven strategy which was tried and proven effective by the Kalahi-CIDSS program in the past 12 years. ###