DSWD conducts writing workshop for community volunteers-A A +A
Sunday, October 6, 2013
DAUIN, Negros Oriental -- The Department Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII recently conducted a writing workshop for community volunteers of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) areas from the 10 towns of Negros Oriental.
Over 30 community volunteers attended the four-day write shop, which was aimed at sharing good practices and inspirational stories and learn from each other and form a core-group of community-based writers.
A newly formed structure called the Kalahi-CIDSS Communication Team (CT) was conceptualized during the activity, which became the communication arm of this project to write and tell stories on the activities and experiences of their respective communities.
DSWD Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat commended the newly formed group and explained how it will enhance the Kalahi-CIDSS Project.
"To effectively empower communities, we help regular members of the barangay organize small groups including Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC), Operation and Maintenance Team, Procurement Team, Monitoring and Evaluation Team and Project Preparation Team (PPT) and train the members of each group with skills pertaining to their chosen team,” she said.
“The formation of the Communication Team (CT) is an innovative strategy, which will also empower the community volunteers on the aspect of communication as an important tool to promote and pool support from various stakeholders. I'm proud that the Social Marketing Unit has conceptualized this strategy and I have high expectations that with enough technical assistance given to the community volunteers, this will definitely be replicated to the other areas in the region implementing the CDD project," she added.
Another objective of the writing workshop is to produce a coffee table book that will compile the stories of different empowerment experience written by the community volunteers themselves.
The participants of the write shop were provided one-on-one consultations and orientations on basic writing by the Social Marketing Staff of DSWD, including Jaybee Binghay, Aileen Lariba, Kerwin Macopia and Simeon Remata III.
The other speakers during the activity also include Dexter Gimena, regional community development specialist for Kalahi-CIDSS; Hermes Pilongo from Negros Chronicle; and Darrel Winthrop Torres of Yes FM and who is a consultant of Silliman University during its recent Asia Writer's Workshop held in Dumaguete City.
DSWD hopes to launch the coffee table book sometime during the launching of the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP), which is the scale-up version of the CDD technology used and proven effective by the Kalahi-CIDSS Project.
The writing workshop was made possible through funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a funding agency that is created by the US congress to help address the millennium development goals particularly on the reduction of poverty. (PR)