DSWD CALABARZON director is new Kalahi chief

DSWD IV-CALABARZON Regional Director Annie E. Mendoza has been designated as the new National Program Manager of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services - National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development.


Prior to Dir. Mendoza’s appointment as national program manager, she served as regional program manager of DSWD Field Office MIMAROPA’s Kalahi-CIDSS implementation under the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s grant from 2011 to 2014. She worked as Director III-Social Welfare Attaché in Kuwait from February 2014 to June 2015 before returning as DSWD Field Office CALABARZON’s Assistant Regional Director, a post she held for three years before becoming its OIC-Regional Director in February 2018.


“I want us to continue the gains we’ve made especially during the national scale-up of Kalahi-CIDSS. Rather than simply focusing on community infrastructure, we must also emphasize our empowered social capital — the hundreds of thousands of volunteers we’ve helped empower and community members we’ve trained. If all champions of Community-Driven Development like us would unite, we can make a persuasive and resounding call to continue Kalahi-CIDSS after 2019,” she beamed.


Director Mendoza performs her new role at Kalahi-CIDSS while serving as CALABARZON’s head at the same time. She replaced former DSWD Undersecretary Maria Lourdes Jarabe.


Kalahi-CIDSS, one of the government’s poverty-alleviation programs implemented by DSWD, uses the community-driven development (CDD) approach that empowers communities in 847 targeted poor and disaster-affected municipalities to identify their own needs, and collectively implement and manage solutions to these needs. It is funded by the Philippine Government along with development partners World Bank and Asian Development Bank.


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DSWD IV-CALABARZON Regional Director Annie Mendoza was named as the new National Program Manager of Kalahi-CIDSS in January 2019.

DSWD CALABARZON Regional Director Annie Mendoza was named as the new National Program Manager of Kalahi-CIDSS in January 2019.