Kalahi-CIDSS projects roll out in Sarangani's coastal town

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato- Some P19.6 million worth of community projects are up for implementation in Kiamba, a coastal town of Sarangani province under the government’s poverty-reduction program, Kalahi-CIDSS.

Bai Zorahayda Taha, DSWD 12 regional director said that another 13 community projects will bring benefits to residents of the said town, especially those in the hard-to-reach communities.

“The identification of these community projects was granted to the volunteers after they were given the opportunity to choose which of the proposed projects will be funded by the Program through an inter-barangay forum,” Taha said.

Approved projects include double barrel concrete box culvert in Lomuyon, Tablao, Lebe and Salakit; a rescue vehicle for Gasi, Kling, Maligang, and Katubao villages and a 1,000 linear meter drainage canal in Lagundi.

Tambilil residents will have a new health station while those in Luma will have a potable water system.

Residents of Kapate and Datu Dani residents will soon benefit from new school building and day care center, respectively.

Daryl Doctolero, the town’s area coordinator said that Kiamba is in the final phase of the program, known as Makamasang Tugon (MT), after it has implemented three cycles.

Recently, Kiamba has implemented projects including footbridges, school buildings and flood control infrastructure, amounting to Php20.4 million, Doctolero said.

Kalahi-CIDSS, which stands for Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- A Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is now being implemented in the 16 towns in Region 12.

Funded by World Bank through DSWD, with the cash and in-kind counterpart from local government units and communities, it gives opportunity to the villagers to take active role in local governance. (HTEstacion-DWSD 12/DEDoguiles-PIA 12)