Communities complete water system project

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014


BINDOY, Negros Oriental -- A level II gravity-fed water system project was recently turned over to the communities in this town.

The community project was proposed by four barangays including Batangan, Malaga, Nagcasunog and Pangalaycayan, which got prioritized for funding by the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a poverty reduction program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The water system project is said to benefit 938 residents in the said communities.

Water project blessing
NEGROS ORIENTAL. A priest blesses the newly completed gravity-fed water system project of Barangays Batangan, Malaga, Nagcasunog and Pangalaycayan in Bindoy, Negros Oriental. (Contributed photo)

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As part of the community empowerment process, the barangays of a beneficiary municipality would have to propose solutions in the form of community project proposals to the problems and needs of their community and lobby these for funding.

"Communities proposing their projects are one of the highlights of the community-driven development (CDD) strategy of Kalahi-CIDSS because the decision-making of service delivery of the government is now greatly being acted upon by the regular members of the barangay," said Bindoy Mayor Valente D. Yap.

"Kaning stratehiya sa Kalahi-CIDSS mura ni siya ug heart sa mga tawo kay ang mga lumulupyo man ang mupili ug mudecisyon sa mga kalambuan sa ilang komunidad (The strategy of Kalahi-CIDSS is likened to the heart of the people because they are the ones choosing and deciding for the development of their community)," Yap said.

Due to its effectiveness in addressing community needs and empowering the communities to drive the development processes in their own localities, the CDD strategy of Kalahi-CIDSS has been scaled up into a national program now called the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP), which will be officially launched in June 2014.

Negros Oriental Provincial Vice-Governor Mark Macias, who also attended the inauguration activity, congratulated Mayor Yap and his fellow chief executives on the developments of the municipality, and challenged them to continue using the same process in their local governance and service delivery.

"Ipadayon nato ning ing-aning pamaagi kay wala ni pamulitika; kung dili magtinabangay ang mga nagkalain-laing tawo para matuman ang usa ka proyekto (Let's continue to use this kind of strategy because this promotes non-partisan ways; instead, people from different backgrounds are working with each other to complete the project)," Macias said.

He also extended his support to the CDD strategy by reminding the community of the purpose of the barangay assemblies they had to attend in order to complete their water system project.

"Gipahigayon ang mga barangay assemblies kay para magkasinabot ang mga lumulupyo kung unsa jud ang ganahang mahitabo sa komunidad ug para dili lang ang mga pipila ang magdecisyon (We conduct barangay assemblies for the communities to collectively decide on what they want to happen in their communities and to avoid decisions only being made by a few people)," he said.

Kalahi-CIDSS capacitates the regular members of the community to actively participate in the decision-making in their localities and to coordinate with their chief executives in local planning, budgeting and implementing of social services.

“The training ground for the communities to empower themselves is when they are identifying, proposing and implementing small-infrastructure projects and coordinating with their barangay captains and kagawads,” said DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

“We are now in the threshold of paradigm shift of local governance, that is from the traditional top-to-bottom approach to a bottom-up approach of service delivery which will lead to a more participatory and accountable development in the communities,” she added.

The total project cost of the water system amounts to P4,182,258 with funding support of P3,070,861.31 from the Millennium Challenge Corporation and a local counterpart contribution amounting to P1,111,396.69. (PR)

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