"Pagkakita sa katawhan sa Barangay sa akong kahago ug paningkamot nga makproject pinaagi sa Kalahi-CIDSS, pagkahuman gayud sa implementasyon, ang mga tawo pinaagi sa Asembliya, ilang gi desisyonan nga ako ang modumala sa Water System nga proyekto. Nakita usab sa opisyales sa Barangay ang akong abilidad og kakugi busa ila akong gisaligan kay dako ilang pagtuo ug paglaum nga kaya nako dalhon ang Organisasyon (When the people in the barangay saw the effort and persistence I put into in order to obtain a project through Kalahi-CIDSS, the people through the Barangay Assembly decided to endorse me as head of the water system project immediately after the project implementation. The local government officials of the barangay recognized my skills and passion, so they trusted me because of their belief and hope that I can lead the water users’ organization).”
-- LORETA O. AYA, Chairperson, Barangay Water and Sanitation Association (BAWASA)
Communities have capable and responsive leaders. With Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP, the combination of traditional and new leadership functions in communities have been strengthened, improving the collective capacity of communities to address their poverty problems.
· LGU leaders and Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP community volunteers acquire or improve their leadership skills on community mobilization, facilitating collective action, and problem solving. Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP community volunteers and LGU leaders with good performance in Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP have been elected or re-elected to official positions of leadership at the executive or legislative branches at the barangay and municipal local government levels.
· This new breed of community leaders gives Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP communities a voice so they can have a more meaningful representation in the local development councils of barangays and municipalities.
· These leaders facilitate accreditation of Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP community-based organizations in said councils, which that play a crucial role in the priority-setting, resource allocation, programs implementation, and monitoring in localities.
Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP has mobilized community volunteers and barangay LGUs in reviving/revitalizing local structures for people’s participation in development.
Volunteers and LGU representatives are trained in various areas, including but not limited to:
· Data gathering and situation analysis
· Community building (e.g. value formation, leadership, team building, effective communication, and volunteerism)
· Development planning
· Project development and management
· Financial management
· Community infrastructure
· Operations and maintenance
· Organizational management
· Conflict resolution
Barangay Assemblies enable communities to focus on community priority-setting, planning, implementation, monitoring, operation and maintenance of community projects.