By Joseph Jubelag
The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 12 has completed more than 400 community projects worth P700 million aimed at alleviating poverty in several impoverished communities around the region.
Gemma N. Rivera, DSWD assistant regional director and Kalahi-CIDSS program manager said the various completed projects were implemented in 17 municipalities in the region from 2014 to 2018.
“These projects have been implemented not just to address the various identified community problems but also to empower the villagers and local government units by adopting community-driven development as a strategy,” Rivera said.
Rivera added that the completed community projects are result of convergence efforts of the agency and local government units by empowering ordinary citizens to take part in community development undertaking citizens by identifying their problems, plan, manage, implement, monitor and sustain their chosen projects in their respective localities..
“These projects are usually located in hardest-to-reach communities in the region basically to facilitate the access of basic social services especially of the poorest among the poor villagers,” Rivera said.
She said among the towns which benefited the projects are Alalamada, Aleosan, Banisilan, Carmen and Pikit in North Cotabato, Bagumbayan, Isulan, Kalamansig, Lambayong, Lebak, Lutayan, Palimbang and Senator Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat and Glan, Kiamba, Maasim and Maitum in Sarangani Province.
Funded through World Bank and local counterpart contributions from barangays and local government units, the projects include bridges, water systems, roads, pre and post-harvest facilities, health stations, disaster response and rescue equipment, livelihood, flood control and and other development projects which will spur the socio-economic development of the region..
Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the poverty-alleviation programs of the government that is being implemented by the DSWD through the community-driven development (CDD) approach, which enables communities in targeted poor and disaster-affected communities to identify their own needs, and collectively implement and manage solutions to these needs.