Kalahi-CIDSS staff conduct mid-year national workshop, develop strategies to advocate CDD institutionalization

Quezon City—the Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS) conducts the 2019 Mid-year National Program Review and Evaluation Workshop (PREW) and 2020 Work and Financial Planning (WFP) Workshop. 

In his welcome speech, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista commended the efforts and contributions of the regional staff to attain the program accomplishments for 16 years. He also shared the good news on the approval of the program extension.

“Rest assured that the program will be extended. We are grateful to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for their approval of the 2020 budget to be charged against the government of the Philippines (GOP) amounting to P1 Billion.”, he happily and confidently shared.


Kalahi-CIDSS program is set to end this year. Its main goal is to integrate community-driven development (CDD) as a development strategy at local and national level.

During the workshop, the strategies to institutionalize (CDD) approach beyond the program were discussed. Since its first year of implementation in 2003, the DSWD through the Kalahi-CIDSS exemplify the CDD approach and has demonstrated success in delivering basic social services, empowerment, and governance outcomes making significant contribution in poverty alleviation, community empowerment, and participatory local governance.

District representatives such as Congressman Mohammad Khalid Dimaporo of 1st district of Lanao del Norte pronounced his support by sharing the effectiveness of the program in terms of improving the welfare conditions of the households during budget hearings. While Congressman Johnny Pimentel expressed his admiration to the invaluable volunteerism of more than half a million community volunteers during the 3rd National Community Volunteers’ Congress in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte last August.

 In order to craft a comprehensive regional advocacy plan that will engage various program stakeholders, the national and regional program staff worked closely and discussed the immediate actions that will strongly support the proposal on the institutionalization of CDD processes and activities.

Majority of the identified advocacy activities are focused on mobilizing community volunteers by providing them venue where they can broadcast the triumphs and impacts of Kalahi-CIDSS in their communities. One example is the face-to-face dialogues with local chief executives (LCEs) and legislators.

In conclusion, the national program management office headed by Dir. Janet Armas committed to the regional program management offices to provide all the technical assistance to continue the implementation of the CDD that promotes people as center of development. ###