DSWD field staff having a courtesy call to Hon. Mayor Manuel O. Calapre of Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte.

This year, as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) celebrates its 69th anniversary, the department continues to extend widely its programs and services to ensure that no one is left behind in development. Hence, the theme for this year’s observance “Social Integration: DSWD Major Thrust in line with the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022.”

One of the major programs of the department, the Kapit Bisig Laban Sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi CIDSS), which uses Community-Driven Development (CDD), helps alleviate poverty by encouraging citizens to take active roles in the community by providing them with control over decisions and over resources in their local development process. The program is attuned with one of the visions of the Philippine Development Plan that growth will be more inclusive as manifested by a lower poverty incidence in rural areas.

Kalahi CIDSS program continues its implementation this year wherein 26 municipalities in Eastern Visayas have benefited. The recipient municipalities are as follows; Biliran, Biliran, Kawayan, Biliran, Oras, Eastern Samar, Lawaan, Eastern Samar, Mercedes, Eastern Samar, Giporlos, Eastern Samar, Maydolog, Eastern Samar, San Julian, Eastern Samar, Merida, Leyte, Inopacan, Leyte, Gamay, Northern Samar, Rosario, Northern Samar, Mapanas, Northern Samar, Victoria, Northern Samar, Allen, Northern Samar, San Ricardo, Southern Leyte, Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte, San Francisco Southern Leyte, Silago, Southern Leyte, Macrohon Southern Leyte, Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte, Pintuyan, Southern Leyte, Hinundayan, Southern Leyte, San Juan, Southern Leyte, Libagon, Southern Leyte and Pagsanghan, Samar.

These municipalities are now in the social preparation stage; DSWD field staff are currently conducting barangay assemblies after making courtesy call to the Mayor. Highlight of the assembly is an overview of the KALAHI CIDSS.