Local executives in three towns in the Cordillera affirmed the positive effect of the community – driven development projects in their respective localities.
In the closure program for Millennium Challenge Corporation funded KALAHI – CIDSS (Kapit – Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services), Mayor James Edduba of Pasil, Kalinga, highlighted that KALAHI – CIDSS is a good and the right program that encourages volunteerism and brings (positive) changes in the countryside.
Mayor Victorino Barona Jr of Bucay, Abra, in behalf of the people in the municipality, expressed gratitude for the program as the community development sub – projects implemented under the program have truly changed for the better the lives of the people.
Besao, Mountain Province Mayor Wellington also highlighted the progress brought by the around P70 million worth of KALAHI – CIDSS community development sub –projects in his town.
The towns of Pasil, Bucay and Besao, in the five year implementation of the MCC-funded program are four, three and six cycles’ beneficiary of KALAHI – CIDSS grants, respectively.
Aside from their respective LCEs, community volunteers from each town also shared their learning experiences and the benefits they have earned under the program.
DSWD Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin, in his keynote message, said the KALAHI – CIDSS program was conceptualized then as a dream to increase LGUs’ and people’s participation in community development and poverty reduction projects. But the inspiring stories that were shared in the forum are indications that community empowerment is now a reality.
DSWD Regional Director Janet Armas, reported that under the KALAHI – CIDSS accomplishments in the Cordillera, 432 sub-projects involving basic access infrastructure, basic social services, community production, economic support and common service facilities, and environmental protection and conservation, were approved benefitting 67,792 households in 19 municipalities in five provinces in the region.
Through the program, Armas bared an increase in barangay assembly participation, mobilization and training of volunteers, labor generation, which are in line with the program’s goal to address poverty, increased community involvement and improvement of local governance.