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Kalahi-CIDSS inaugurates first housing project in the Philippines

A total of 65 Kalahi-CIDSS Disaster Risk Reduction Mitigating Housing units funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) were inaugurated and awarded to family beneficiaries of Brgy. Balatson in Burauen, Leyte early this morning.

The Kalahi-CIDSS community billboard stands at the project site as part of teh transparency measure of the project.

"This is a dream come true. All our sacrifices and tears are worth it and we are very thankful", said Brgy. Chairperson Chona Maurillo during her welcome speech.

Brgy. Balatson, a small community consisting of 270 individuals is vulnerable to landslide and recurrent flooding. These natural threats and the residents' experience after the onslaught of Super Typhoon Haiyan compelled them to take action. A better and safer barangay site was the community folks' only solution which was eventually resolved by DSWD through its Kalahi-CIDSS program.

In a short period of 140 days, community members of Balatson with technical assistance from Kalahi-CIDSS and Burauen LGU, developed a much secured site and constructed their own houses following the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach.

Said project with a grant amounting to 10.5 million pesos from MCC through the Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines (MCA-P) and a counterpart from the provincial and local government unit worth 1.3M, is considered the first housing undertaking of DSWD's poverty reduction program not only in Eastern Visayas but the whole Philippines.

 

Regional Program Coordinator Babes Sequito led the ribbon-cutting of the Balatson housing project, the first of its kind funded under Kalahi-CIDSS

Meanwhile, Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Program Coordinator, Babes Sequito during her message, reminded the family beneficiaries of Balatson to take charge of building a better community just like building better houses.

"Above all, this is not just about the construction of your houses or its infrastructure. Kalahi-CIDSS program is also about building better relationships of your community and your family", Sequito emphasized.

 

Rows of houses await the new owners who have endured disasters and hardships, which culminated to the bayanihan that enabled the completion of the Balatson housing project.

 

A happy recipient family stands proudly at their new home.