P1 billion spent for disaster mitigation projects in Bicol

The government spent over a billion pesos to fund and implement 712 disaster mitigation sub-projects in Bicol from 2002 to present in response to the recipient communities in 94 municipalities who identified these as their priority.

More than 180,000 households in 94 municipalities were benefited by the projects built under the Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD). Of the total, 438 sub-projects are already completed while the rest of these are under construction with the direct management of the elected residents.

Residents receive technical assistance from DSWD, national government agencies (NGAs) and the local government units (LGUs) on how they can implement these by provision of trainings, seminars, monitoring visits and coaching sessions.

Communities submit project proposals to DSWD through the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF), a municipal activity that evaluates which proposal are funded through the Kalahi-CIDSS process. All proposals came from the result of the participatory situation analysis (PSA), a community research done by residents to identify the problems and solutions to their needs.

Of the PhP1,062,110,051, LGUs had already provided in-kind and cash contribution amounting to PhP98,460,085.24. The projects consist of 493 flood-control structures such as box culverts, drainage canal and river control; 91 riprap walls, slope protection and erosion control structures; 107 seawalls; and 21 spillways or overflow bridges.

The projects are broken down by province as follows: Albay, 63 projects (P96.3-million); Camarines Norte, 71 projects (P113.4-M); Camarines Sur, 291 projects (P424.2-M); Catanduanes, 115 projects (P213.2-M); Masbate, 69 projects (P90.9-M); and, Sorsogon, 103 projects (123.9-M).

Kalahi-CIDSS is supported by the Philippine Development Plan (2011-2016). Its expansion using the CDD approach in the country was approved last 18 January 2013. 101 poor municipalities in Bicol are under its expansion from 2014 to 2019 with a total of grant of Php4,497,448,178.

The development objective of Kalahi-CIDSS is to have barangays/communities of targeted municipalities become empowered to achieve improved access to services and to participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation.

“It will also be aligned into a program to support community-driven post-disaster response and development in Typhoon Yolanda-affected municipalities within provinces covered by Kalahi-CIDSS,” DSWD Dir. Arnel Garcia added. ###