MAMBAJAO, Camiguin – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has lined up more than P60 million in projects to boost poverty alleviation and disaster risk management in the island province.

The projects, which are funded by the National Government with a counterpart from the local government units, are part of the DSWD’s program coverage for 2015 under the Accelerated Disaster Risk Operation Management.

Present at the project launching last May 28 were DSWD Assistant Secretary Teodolo Romo Jr. and assistant regional director for Northern Mindanao Aldersey de la Cruz. 

Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said the DSWD projects “are a big help to the province’s economic growth and boost the island’s development being a premier tourist destination in the country."

“All the efforts of the DSWD in the province will complement to our effort to the development of this island, particularly in the educational development of the youths who are our future professionals.” Romualdo said.

The projects, which are under DSWD’s Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development Program, include flood control facilities, potable water systems, concrete line canal/drainage systems, dredging and slope protection, road construction and rehabilitation, construction of barangay halls, sea walls, and evacuation centers, which are spread across the municipalities of Mambajao, Mahinog, Sagay, Guinsiliban and Catarman.

All the projects were identified by the affected 58 barangays of the five municipalities that involve close to 19,000 households.

Camiguin was one of the areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

While the damage in the province was not as extensive as that in the Visayas, the DSWD saw the need to address the island’s lack of infrastructure to meet the minimum requirements in mitigating disaster.

Romualdo said big-ticket investments are in the pipeline for Camiguin, including power generation facilities like windmills, solar and run-off river projects.

A world-class golf course and a five-star hotel are also being planned in the island, he said.