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Kalahi CIDSS-8 conducts a CDD Orientation with partner NGAs, CSOs and academe

DSWD Kalahi CIDSS Region 8 conducted a Community-Driven Development (CDD Institutionalization) Orientation with partner National Government Agencies, Civil Society Organizations and Academe on May 16, 2019 at Leyte Oriental Hotel, Palo Leyte.

The activity is part of the region’s advocacy plan to strengthen partnership and intensify policy support in institutionalizing CDD as a strategy for inclusive growth, poverty reduction and community empowerment.

Among the topics were the National initiatives towards CDD Institutionalization, and Kalahi CIDSS Ways Forward, presented by Social Welfare IV, Ma. Consuelo Acosta, of the National Program Management Office. Acosta discussed the Operationalization of CDD in agencies and CSOs, and the Creation of a CDD Institutionalization Knowledge and Resource Center (KRC) by which partnership with academe is deemed vital.

On the other hand, Kalahi CIDSS Regional Program Coordinator and OIC Chief, Promotive Services Division, Natividad Sequito, sought for unity in continuously touching the lives of community folks and it is achievable through making CDD a national strategy.

OIC Regional Director Yvonne Abonales affirmed that the road to institutionalizing CDD will be long. However, she is optimistic that it will be realized because CDD has been proven effective in attaining local empowerment, participatory governance, demand-responsiveness, administrative autonomy, greater downward accountability, and enhanced local capacity.

The activity ended with the pronouncement of commitments by the attendees, who represented their institutions in supporting the undertakings on CDD Institutionalization.

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A 141 meter-barangay road built out of Kalahi CIDSS in Matag-ob Leyte

The improvement of a 141 meter barangay road is now being enjoyed by 400 households of Brgy. San Vicente in Matag-ob Leyte. Once impassable due to pothole and muds, the situation becomes worse during rainy days.

The Php 892 thousand pesos-worth barangay road is funded by DSWD Kalahi CIDSS program and collectively accomplished by community residents and the local government unit in a span of two months.

The community identified barangay road as their intervention to make their lives easier now that the road is passable and accident-free. The road helps boost the economic growth of the barangay as products of farmers like copra costs lesser from Php 50.00 to Php 25.00.

The fare of “habal-habal” is lowered as well from Php 100.00 to Php 50.00. It has been a long hope of the residents to have an access road because they encounter problems of accidents and expensive fare. It is no doubt that farm to market road is a priority even in their previous sub-projects implemented through Kalahi CIDSS program.

More than the physical project, the people have been thankful for the program because of the processes and principles it introduced to the communities.

Brgy CaptainAndres Ecoy stated that aside from the concrete result of barangay road they want to continue Community-Driven Development because it lets the people solve the pressing needs of their community.

For Allan Gabriel Jazon, the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee chairperson, the program has given the voiceless a platform to speak. In his case, he was once a bystander and a static observer in their community but when he was entrusted to be a leader all has changed. He said , “By being a volunteer, I got more confidence of myself in giving service to the people, even if I am only an ordinary person.”

He also believed that the barangay road is the result of the efforts of community and local government unit whom from working on the necessary documents to implementing the sub-project.

On the other hand, Procurement Team member, Julito Noya said, “I can contribute to the progress of our community by being active in Kalahi CIDSS program. If I will not stand for my community, who will?”

The municipality of Matag-ob has other 10 sub-projects implementing this year, with all provinsions of barangay road, drainage canal, farm to market road, street light and slope protection to serve 1, 416 target beneficiaries. The said sub-projects aim to reduce the poverty situation among the residents.

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DSWD Conducts Follow Up on Housing Projects

The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently conducted a series of site visits across Region VIII to follow-up its Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP).

Led by the Disaster Response Management Division OIC Chief Pauline Nadera, DSWD staff travelled to relocation sites in Culaba in Biliran, Inopacan, Hindang and Hilongos in Leyte and Guiuan in Eastern Samar to check the progress of these Core Shelters. As of March 2019, 156 shelters are still under construction. DSWD conducted these site visits to check the status of the construction of these shelters and to address the concerns of the CSAP beneficiaries. ( for full update, see…/a.144399098920…/2280679575537321/?)

The Core Shelter Assistance Project is a housing project built for disaster survivors by disaster survivors. Each of these shelters are environmentally-friendly and structurally strong, able to withstand up to 220 kph of wind velocity, and earthquakes up to intensity 4 on the Richter Scale. Like any other DSWD programs, the CSAP is made possible through the help of partnerships. DSWD, along with several partners, provide the funds for the materials while the beneficiaries themselves build the shelters. DSWD uses the cash-for-work or food-for-work modality to address the needs of the beneficiaries while they build these shelters. The Local Government Unit provides the lot where these shelters are built.


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Batang Pedicab Driver

Dahil bakasyon at walang pasok, si Berlan Lanante, 17 taong gulang, ay nagsusumikap na makatulong sa kanyang mga magulang sa paghahanapbuhay para sa kanilang pamilya bilang pedicab driver. Siya ay benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) mula Brgy. Abango, Barugo, Leyte, at ika-pito sa sampung magkakapatid. ☺️💖#DSWDKalingaAtPagmamahal#DSWDMayMalasakit#BatangInspirasyon

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Teachers, kapartner ng 4Ps

Katuwang ng Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VIII at ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) ang mga teachers ng Department of Education sa serbisyong tunay na may malasakit. 🙂❤️ #DSWDKalingaAtPagmamahal#DSWDMayMalasakit

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Alamin ang Totoo: Magbantay, Makialam, at Makilahok sa Eleksyon!

Bilang aktibong mamamayan, ang programa ay hinihikayat ang lahat, kabilang na ang mga benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) na gampanan ang karapatang bumoto.

Higit sa lahat, pangalagaan ang pagiging lihim at sagrado ng boto, dahil dito nakasalalay ang pamamalakad sa bayan sa susunod na mga araw.

Ang Fake or Fact Sheet naman na ito ay nagsisilbing gabay sa mga benepisyaryo ng 4Ps upang protektahan sila at ang programa laban sa posibleng pagsasamantala sa panahon ng halalan. Naglalayon itong magbigay ng tamang impormasyon sa mga benepisyaryo upang sila ay bigyang-tuon at kapangyarihan sa kanilang aktibong pagkamamamayan.

#DSWDMayMalasakit #DSWDKalingaAtPagmamahal

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Kalahi CIDSS F0 8 partners LGU Mayorga to intensify CDD advocacy thru media

DSWD Kalahi CIDSS Field Office VIII intensified its advocacy for Community-Driven Development through maximizing the LGU-initiated and LGU-funded Radio Station in Mayorga, Leyte.

The Regional Program Management Office tapped the Local Government Unit of Mayorga through a free and regular time slot in 103.5 FM Radio Station for regular program updating. The LGU has been positive with its response and gave Kalahi CIDSS time slot in the FM Station which is entitled An Kalahi Yana with a theme MagKalahi Tayo Pilipinas , Mr. Claro Sevillano as the program host.

First episode was aired April 17 of this year presented Kalahi CIDSS program updates and milestones of Mayorga and Eastern Visayas in achieving development objectives, also showcased success stories and program gains from Community Volunteers and presented program’s current direction to CDD Institutionalization.

Regional Social Marketing Officer Jonna Marquez presented the regional program’s milestones and updates saying there are 210 sub projects to be accomplished this year across 25 municipalities under the program.

Moreover, Area Coordinator of Mayorga Raul Tagle discussed the updates of implementation in Mayorga. According to him, to date there are five on-going sub projects, all with the provision of Disaster Risk Reduction Equipment and Health Amenities. There are eleven sub-projects to be implemented this year in Mayorga with 3,422 target beneficiaries. He emphasized that the Local Government Unit of Mayorga together with Community Volunteers, managed the over-all program implementation.

The first episode also featured success stories and program gains through Community Volunteers Raymundo Comora, Pacita Caidoy, and Joannie-Ann Garcio.

Raymundo Comora, a former Community Volunteer turned Barangay official, expressed that it is through the program that he was able to level up his confidence in extending service to his people. He advocated that the capability building interventions and decision-making process of the program be adopted to their community.

Moreover, Joannie-Ann Garcio told that Community-Driven Development provided oppurtunity for marginalized sectors to get involved in program implementation thus, making them empowered individuals. She articulated, “ Matungod sa Community-Driven Development na istratehiyang gamit ng Kalahi CIDSS program, napapamatian an tingog han mga kababayen-an ngan mga pobre.” [Through Community-Driven Development as a strategy used by Kalahi CIDSS program, the voices of the women and poor are heard].

On the other hand, Pacita Caidoy attested that the collective action of LGU and grassroot community have resulted to the successful implementation of sub-projects which alleviates poverty and improves their community.
Testimonies of the Community Volunteers are attesting evidences of the effectiveness of Community-Driven Development as a strategy for Community Empowerment, Transparency, Accountability, Participation and Poverty Alleviation and Improved Local Governance.

An Kalahi Yana with Mayorga FM Radio Station is aired every Wednesday at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

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Mamanwa tribe in Almeria participates in Kalahi CIDSS ODM training

Mamawa families of Brgy.Caucab (Sitio Palayan) of Almeria in Biliran actively participated in the Organizational Development and Management (ODM) training on April 10-12, 2019 held at Elementary School Sitio Palayan , Caucab, Biliran.

The three-day training was provided by the DSWD Kalahi CIDSS which takes part of their sub-project Community-based Forest Management (CBFM) agreement – A land tenure instrument for Mamanwa tribe : Indigenous People.

The training has an aim to strengthen the operation and maintenance of their sub project but still considering the existing Mamanwa’s institutional structures, customs and practices. This is to ensure the preservation of their rights while relatively promoting self-sufficient community through the sub-project. Also discussed in the training was the Planning and Financial Management wherein the beneficiaries learn how to handle their income once they have established their livelihood.

The said sub-project is in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office. (DENR-PENRO). However, DSWD Kalahi CIDSS funded the processing of tenural instrument with a total amount of Php 380,632.00 and will be implemented through the program.

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