DSWD, World Bank conduct Kalahi-CIDSS mission visit in Caraga
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and development partner
World Bank conducted a three-day visit in Caraga region from February 12 to 14, 2019,
the second and final leg of the 9th Implementation Support Mission to the Kapit Bisig
Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-
The visiting team was comprised of World Bank Senior Social Development Specialist
and co-Task Team Leader Pia Peeters and Social Development Specialist Corrine
Canlas. They were received by Kalahi-CIDSS National and Regional Program
Management Office representatives headed by National Program Manager Annie
Mendoza and DSWD-Caraga OIC-Regional Director Mita Chuchi Lim.
According to Peeters, the mission aims to review the Kalahi-CIDSS implementation to
identify enhancements for its possible extension. The program is set to end in 2019 and
the World Bank is considering providing additional funds for its continuation.
“We will look at the progress and the status of the sub-projects and mostly, we will
consolidate the lessons in the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS,” Peeters added.
The team visited Trento and Talacogon in Agusan del Sur, which have both
implemented DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS since 2015. The delegates with officials and
community volunteers of two barangays per municipality.
Talacogon Mayor Jesryl Masendo stressed the local government’s appreciation of the
program’s community-driven development (CDD) process, particularly the community
consultations for prioritization of projects that best respond to the people’s needs.
“Amo akita ang empowerment gyud sa tao didto. Kay labi na kami lumalabay lang mi
mga pulitiko. After three years, possible dili na. Lahi na. Siguro mao ginaencourage
nako akong mga kaubanan nga kung pwede by next year, kay naa man pud tay 20%
didto, kadto na nga approach ang atong gamiton. (We have witnessed how the people
became empowered. As politicians, we only hold office for three years; after that, it’s
possible that we won’t be elected anymore. That is why I encourage my co-workers
here to adopt the (Kalahi) approach in utilizing our 20% (development) fund for next
year,” Mayor Masendo shared.
Trento Mayor Victoria Plaza emphasized how the community sub-projects made a
difference in the municipality. "Dako akong pasalamat sa Kalahi-CIDSS kay tungod sa
programa nabuhat ang mga proyekto na para sa komunidad. Labi na kay limitado ra
pud ang pundo sa LGU para sa mga infrastructure (I am very grateful to Kalahi-CIDSS
because through the program, projects for the community have been made possible. It
is important because most LGUs have limited fund for infrastructure), " he said.
The team also held a dialogue with the Regional Inter-Agency Committee (RIAC), which
is composed of partner-regional government agencies in the implementation of Kalahi-
CIDSS, to discuss effective partnership strategies and future initiatives.
Ma. Theresa Golosino from the Department of Education (DepEd) in Caraga noted the
fast implementation of the Classroom Construction for Lumads (CCL), a joint project
between DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and DepEd for the lumads or indigenous peoples of
“The Lumad students are now inspired to go to school because of the newly-built
classrooms. Actually, only the Caraga region completed the CCL project (in the country
so far), and that makes us all proud,” Golosino shared. The CCL implementation ends in
“We know that Caraga is a region that really performs well and it translated as we heard
the testimonies of the people from the ground,” Peeters said.
Peeters observed the “tremendous amount of human capital in the community” and can
be used for community development initiatives beyond DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.
The Implementation Support Mission is conducted regularly as part of the development
partners’ monitoring of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. The observations and recommendations
taken from the mission are applied to the following program cycle to ensure that
services are properly delivered to the people.
Prior to the visit in Caraga, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and World Bank held a three-day
mission visit in Iloilo from February 4 to 6, 2019. Technical discussions and wrap-up
meetings to finalize the agreements are scheduled next week, February 18 to 22, 2019.
World Bank Social Development Specialist Corrine Canlas (left) pays a courtesy call to Municipal Mayor Jesryl Masendo (right) of Talacagon, Agusan del Sur.
World Bank Senior Social Development Specialist Pia Peeters reads the community billboard of the solar-powered streetlights implemented by the community of San Roque in Trento, Agusan del Sur. [Photo by Regional
Information Officer Marko Davey Reyes, DSWD Caraga]