Kalahi-CIDSS project in San Isidro, Bohol

SAN ISIDRO TOWN, BOHOL – Pre-occupied with their personal and familial concerns after attempting to gather strength from the devastating earthquake, residents of Barangay Cambansag need to rally on one common goal to concretize a resolve to get up and rise again.

And given chance to determine what they want with a fund they have been entrusted to implement, residents pick on one infrastructure that would further rise as the hallmark of their tenacity and resolve.

The Multi-purpose Building of Cambansag would rise from the P906,200.00 which the government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has apportioned as part of the P 12.4 million Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (CIDSS) for San Isidro, according to Lucky Biel Diongson, San Isidro Kalahi Coordinator.

A part of the country’s funds to stir local communities participation in the identification of priority projects while empowering communities through a community driven development (CDD) approach, the funds have been downloaded to the barangay accounts as government community organizers teach people to be actively involved in community processes.

We had series of barangay assemblies and in the course of time, after heated debates, the people decided to build for them their multi-purpose hall, Diongson added.

Already for ground breaking, upcoming P.9M Multipurpose Building is set to gather local officials and media at the Cambanac barangay center to witness the victory of people empowerment.

San Isidro mayor Jacinto Naraga would lead the key officials including Vice mayor Teodoxio Asoy, Barangay Chairman Clemente Baguinang, Cleta Gabaisen, Emma Naraga, Rafael Rasona and key DSWD personnel who were instrumental in empowering the community.

And when it is the community who runs the show here, expect local customs and tradition to be the governing principle for the construction and its processes, shared Diongson who pointed out a blood-shedding ritual and wine toast in the program.

A traditional blood shedding activity entails the village gathered and witnessing the slaughter of a livestock or poultry, its blood spilled into the soil as an offering and supplication.

These people know that they do not own the land and somehow, the spirits should be invoked for the safety and success of the events, so when they put in a ritual within the groundbreaking ceremony, it has to happen like they figured it would. ###