The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has unveiled the seven Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Kapangyarihan at Kaunlaran sa Barangay (KKB) sub-projects in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) that seek to benefit more than 1,000 household recipients.
DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista personally graced the the ground-breaking and ribbon-cutting ceremony for seven Kalahi-CIDSS KKB sub-projects in Kapangan, Benguet last week.
“Ang mga proyektong ito ay sadyang malaking maitutulong sa ating mamamayan upang lubos na mapaghandaan at mapagtagumpayan ang kasalukuyang pandemiya ng COVID-19,” Bautista said in his message during the ceremony last Dec. 29.
(These projects will greatly help our people to be fully prepared and hurdle the current COVID-19 pandemic.)
The DSWD said the sub-projects amounted to more than P9.3 million, and are expected to benefit around 1,498 household beneficiaries from four municipalities in the CAR.
“At sa likod ng mga proyektong ito ay hindi natin nakakalimutan ang tunay na layunin ng program ng Kalahi-CIDSS, kung saan ang patuloy na pagsasabuhay ng prinsipyo ng CDD (community-driven development), ang pagkilala sa kahalagahan ng partisipasyon ng bawat isa sa makabuluhang pagpaplano at pagdedesisyon, pagkakaroon ng transparency at accountability lalo na sa patuloy nating pagtugon sa mga pangangailangan ng ating mga mamamayan,” Bautista said.
(Behind these projects, we will not forget the real objective of the Kalahi-CIDSS program, wherein the principle of CDD is continuously being lived out, recognizing the importance of everyone’s participation in meaningful planning and decision-making, having transparency and accountability, especially to our continued response to the needs of our people.)
The seven sub-projects are the following: the improvement of the Keyang, Gadang Access Road; improvement of Gaswiling (Bekes-Benin) Access Road; enhancement of the Amburayan-Abiang Access Road; construction of Munkelat Level II Water Supply System; construction of the day care center in Brgy. Tawangan, Kabayan, Benguet; construction of three units of vegetable drying shed in Brgy. Duacan, Kabayan, Benguet; and construction of footpath in Brgy. Poblacion, Villaviciosa, Abra.
“The Kalahi-CIDSS KKB approach ensures people-centered development by providing capacity-building and implementation support to poverty-disadvantaged and disaster-affected municipalities,” the DSWD said.
“Through the program, community members actively participate to identify and prioritize their community’s problems and allow them to design, implement, and manage solutions to their priority problems,” it added.
The DSWD also disclosed the completion of three Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects in Kapangan, Benguet through the implementation of the Disaster Response Operations Procedure (DROP) approach.
These include the distribution of hygiene kits and cleaning materials to residents; procurement of communication devices available for the continuous campaign and advocacy against the current pandemic; and the purchase and delivery of Department of Health (DOH)-approved medical tools and equipment.
The DSWD vowed to continuously empower communities through Kalahi-CIDSS by “giving them access and allowing them to maximize their own resources to address their pressing needs.”
Kapangan, Benguet Mayor Manny Fermin; DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National Program Manager Janet P. Armas; DSWD-CAR OIC Assistant Director for Administration Enrique Gascon Jr.; and Office of Senator Ronald Dela Rosa’s Luzon Political and External Affairs Head Ms. Nicholai Buendia also attended the event.