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LGU Tabontabon reaps DSWD 2018 GAPAS Award

DSWD OIC Secretary Emmanuel Leyco (Second from rigth) together with Kalahi-CIDSS Program Heads, personally award the GAPAS plaque and certificate of recognition to Tabontabon Mayor Rustico Balderian (Right) during the PANATA Awarding Ceremony.

The Local Government Unit of Tabontabon, Leyte has been unanimously chosen by the GAPAS Awards Committee as the National Model LGU Implementing Kalahi-CIDSS in this year’s DSWD PaNaTa Ko sa Bayan Awards held on March 8, 2018 at the DSWD Central Office, Quezon City.

The PaNaTa (Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon) Ko sa Bayan Awards acknowledges the efforts of the individuals, groups and organizations whose panata or vow is to share their resources, time and selves in providing  better opportunities for disadvantaged sectors and for inclusive growth. The GAPAS Award is a sub-award conferred to DSWD partners and stakeholders. Specifically, it is a commendation given to exemplary Local Government Units implementing Kalahi-CIDSS in the Philippines.

Although considered as one of the poorest and smallest towns in the province of Leyte, LGU Tabontabon has demonstrated success in meeting key performance indicators in their Kalahi-CIDSS implementation. Said municipality has also exercise effective leadership as a champion Community-Driven Development (CDD) advocate  through its adoption of Kalahi-CIDSS proccesses, thereby institutionalizing CDD.

“DSWD cannot fulfill its functions alone. We need the support of our partner stakeholders like the LGUs in implementing our programs and services. I congratulate LGU Tabontabon and our community volunteers for this national achievement”, said Regional Director Restituto Macuto

Last year, LGU Tabontabon was also recognized by DSWD Field Office VIII as 2017 Bayani Ka Regional Awardee for Best LGU Implementing Kalahi-CIDSS. With this award, the implementation leads to clear and promising outcomes on the empowerment of Tabontabon residents and on uplifting the well-being of the marginalized and vulnerable sectors in their communities.

A total of 36 Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects were constructed in Tabontabon under the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) Funding from 2014 to 2017. Most of these sub-projects are community infrastructure. But aside from the construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, seven barangays underwent Capacity Building Training on Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRM) plus disaster amenities, Family and Community Disaster Preparedness (FCDP) and First Aid, empowering communities to be disaster resilient.

“We have launched UNGARA (Wish) 2025 in June 2017 as our support to AMBISYON NATIN 2040 Program. LGU Tabontabon wish to increase the income of the poorest of the poor families. Kalahi-CIDSS has provided a stepping stone to achieving our wish through increase in community participation.  We are institutionalizing Kalahi-CIDSS’ Community-Driven Development strategy within our local planning and budgeting. I know this is just the beginning but we are confident that we can achieve more because we have the support and participation of the people”, Mayor Balderian emphasized.

Tabontabon Local Chief Executive, Mayor Rustico Balderian, during his acceptance speech.

Tabontabon Mayor Rustico Balderian (Third from Right) together with DSWD Executive Committee Members lead by OIC Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco (Center) and Regional Director Restituto Macuto (Right)

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KC-JFPR awards three classrooms to Bislig Community

Bislig, Tanauan, Leyte, October 2, 2014 – Two units of elementary school buildings, one with one classroom and the other with two classrooms, were reconstructed and turned over by DSWD Kalahi CIDDS – JFPR to the Bislig Elementary School of this municipality.
The project grant, thru the Asian Development Bank (ADB), was received under the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) and financed by the Government of Japan.

Mayor Pelagio Tecson, Jr. of Tanauan, in his speech, thanked ADB, JFPR, and DSWD for the repairs of the three classrooms which were turned over to the elementary school. He noted and expressed his gratitude and praise that the buildings were made of sturdier materials, and could withstand winds of 250 kph. Also in his message, Mayor Tecson updated those present with the ongoing events/projects in his municipality and thanked DSWD Sec. Dinky Soliman and DSWD field office eight for the speedy release of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) budget. The Mayor further announced the start of the giving out of the remaining P10k of ESA in cash, to pay for carpenters, masons and other workers involved in the repairs of the houses in Tanauan. He also proudly added that Korea has chosen to build an Agricultural Institute in this municipality, too. For all these, he quotes Tanauan’s mantra: Each new day is a better day in Tanauan!

DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations (ARDO) Resty Macuto, in his message, told everyone present that the best way for the Tanauanons to show their gratitude was to take care of the gifts given by Kalahi CIDDS-JFPR and ADB, not to recall the negative things that Yolanda has brought upon Tanauan, focus on the good things that came instead, and show to all that they are stronger than Yolanda. ARDO Macuto also shared his three I’s: Isaisip isapuso at isagawa ang nalalamang maganda. And his 3 M’s: matapat, mahusay at magiliw. These I’s and M’s put together would spell IAM or I’M which meant that each one of us should keep in mind and in heart, and therefore do those that we know are good, and we should do all these (that we do) honestly, happily and well. In this way, ARDO Macuto added, “Kaya ko, kaya mo, kaya natin ang pagbabago!”

Some ADB-JFPR personalities who graced the event were JFPR Project Manager Melanie Ruiz, ADB Stakeholders Engagement and External Relations Expert Dindo Mengote, ADB Project Coordinator Jocelyn Saw, Team Leader Ramon Binas, Jr., Deputy Team Leader Nicole Orendain, Financial Expert Alicia Manuel Calingin, Project Coordinator Mynard Matammu, Mr. Joel Mangahas and Ms Claribel Villarico.

The Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) was established in May 2000 and provides direct grant assistance to the poorest and most vulnerable groups in developing member countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) while fostering long-term social and economic development.
The JFPR grant has three components, which also reflects its targets: (A) Local government unit (LGU) infrastructure is restored, and access to emergency employment and livelihood support is provided; (B) Basic emergency maternal and child health-care services are provided; and (C) Improved resilience to future disasters and effective project management, coordination, monitoring, and reporting are achieved.
DSWD will be implementing sub-components under Component A. Sub-Component 1 is focused on the speedy recovery of selected small-scale municipal and community-level infrastructure. This will be implemented thru KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP.

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP scales up the community-driven development (CDD) strategy, which was used and proven effective by Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) in its past 11 years of implementation.
Using a community-driven approach, KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP empowers poor and vulnerable communities to identify their own needs and prepare project proposals to address their common problems. These projects include local infrastructure such as water system, roads, bridges, health stations and school buildings.

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