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DSWD's Kalahi-CIDSS named Best Public Sector Project

Iloilo City - The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) won in the 4th Best Public Sector Project Awards in Region VI.

The Awards has four objectives: to identify and recognize good practices in the public sector, enhance the public image of government, identify good practices for possible replication in other areas, and develop social accountability, transparency and good governance.

It was conceptualized by the Regional Development Council (RDC)which is composed of governors of the six provinces in Western Visayas, 16 mayors, 18 representatives of  the private sector, and 22 regional directors of national government agencies.

DSWD-Field Office VI was chosen by the Board of Judges as the winner in the National Government Agencies category for its entry entitled “Ang Banas Padulong sa Kauswagan (The Path to Progress)”.

“Ang Banas Padulong sa Kauswagan" is a documentary on  the barangay trail with foot bridge project in the island-barangay of Macatunao, Northern Iloilo.

It highlighted the collaborative effort of the community and the LGU of Concepcion, with the supervision of the Regional Project Management Office, in the construction of the  PhP1.1 million-worth project.

The project now directly serves 200 households within Macatunao. Some 149 households from other sitios and neighboring barangays also benefit from the community project.

Its implementation was led by Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Chairperson Vivian Dolor whose story of pawning her wedding ring to buy their needed materials for the presentation of their project concept was featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Rated K.

Dolor’s sacrifices, as well as that of her fellow volunteers, to implement the barangay trail with foot bridge subsequently inspired development workers and various groups in getting involved in community-driven development (CDD), the development strategy utilized by Kalahi-CIDSS.

The DSWD will receive a trophy and a cash prize of P50,000 for winning the award.

The awarding ceremony is set on April 1, with Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad as guest of honor.

Kalahi-CIDSS uses the community-driven development (CDD) strategy to empower citizens through various trainings and activities to capacitate them to identify and solve community concerns that affect their local poverty situation. ###