Kalahi-CIDSS expands coverage in Western Visayas-A A +A
Friday, October 28, 2011
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will expand operation of its flagship Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program to the provinces of Antique, Aklan and Guimaras starting 2012.
Edgar Pato, Kalahi national project manager, said the inclusion of Antique and Guimaras is part of expansion in the next five years as the community-driven Kalahi-CIDSS Makamasang Tugon I ends this year.
Kalahi’s end of project conference was held October 28, with a video competition among nine municipal entries as a testimony of people’s fight against poverty.
The nine entries were the towns of Ajuy, Bingawan, Concepcion, Janiuay, Maasin, Moises, Padilla, San Dionisio and San Rafael. The four finalists were the towns of Janiuay, Maasin, Jamindan and Bingawan.
On the other hand, Makamasang Tugon II will cover additional 22 municipalities and 488 barangays in the region.
The program will cover the municipality of Sibunag, Guimaras; the municipalities of San Remegio, Lawa-an, Bugasong, Caluya, Culasi, Valderrama, Pandan and Anini-y, all in the province of Antique; and the municipalities of New Washington, Ibajay, Libacao, Madalag and Tangalan in the province of Aklan.
DSWD regional director Minda Brigoli said the video presentation of projects is the first to be held in the Philippines that gives due credit to the local governments, volunteers and the people behind the development projects.
Pato said the poverty alleviation projects hope to transform communities and identify their own needs without intervention from political officials.
Kalahi-CIDSS started in 2003 until 2011 with a total project cost of P9.3 billion complemented with P5.1 billion World Bank financing and National Government counterpart of P1.6 billion.
The program was extended from 2011 until 2015 for a five-year period with a total cost of P5.9 billion and Millennium Challenge grant of P5.4 billion.
It reached 42 provinces in 12 regions, 4,135 barangays, 182 municipalities and 2 million households since its start in 2003 until middle of 2011.
In Western Visayas, the program was able to reach 22 towns and 678 barangays with a total project cost of P1.3 billion, on top of the Millennium Challenge fund of P22 million.
The projects include basic access infrastructures, basic social services, community production, economic and livelihood support and environmental conservation. (Lydia C. Pendon)