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KALAHI-CIDSS MoA Signing in New Corella

KALAHI-CIDSS MOA SIGNING. [left to right] Mayor Nestor L. Alcoran of New Corella, Davao Del Norte Gov. Rodolfo P. Del Rosario and Director Ester A. Versoza of DSWD sign recently the Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of KALAHI-CIDSS (Kapig Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) in New Corella for three years with a funding support of P27 million. Witnessing the event are [lef to right] Vice Mayor Petronilo P. Jocson, Provincial Social Welfare Department Head Arlene M. Semblante and DSWD ARD Priscilla N. Razon. DSWD/ccd

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Some 32 members of the DSWD-MOVE (Men Oppose to Violence Against Women Everywhere) participate in the Foot Parade during the March 8 observance of the International Women’s Day with the theme, Babae, Tagumpay Ka Ng Bayan. MOVE is an organization of caring, pro-active and principled men committed to be actively involved in the elimination of ViolencAgainst Women. DSWD/ccd

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Induction of MOVE Officers

Officers of DSWD XI MOVE (Men Opposed to Violence Against Women Everywhere) are inducted into office by Director Ester Acebedo-Versoza during the 59th DSWD Founding Anniversary. [L-R] Wilfredo Planas -auditor, Renato Villafuerte -treasurer, Melecio Fernandez -secretary and Alfredo Sy -president. MOVE-DSWD XI was organized last quarter of 2009. DSWD/ccd

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Caraga’s Gardening Program and the 4Ps

SAN JOSE, Caraga, Davao Oriental -Acknowledged by the Municipality of Caraga as the “model barangay for gardening,” San Jose has the enthusiastic and cooperative 4Ps beneficiaries to thank for. “Kini mahitungod ug alang lamang kanila (This is all because of them),” Barangay Captain Alexander Sael bragged.

The gardening program is the initiative of the local government of Brgy. San Jose which started October 2009. “Gitagaan namo og luna atbang sa Barangay Hall para ilang matamnan og gulay ug uban pang lagutmon (We gave the lot located across the barangay hall where they can plant vegetables and other root crops).”

Also, the seeds and other planting materials were donated by the local government unit like camote and swamp cabbage (kangkong).

In addition, the money they earn from their produce are then kept by the barangay treasurer as “emergency fund.” “Nakahatag na mi og singko mil pang-lubong kadtong naay namatay sa amoang barangay (We were able to donate P 5,000.00 for the burial expenses of one community resident),” Brgy. Capt. Sael said. Some of the harvested vegetables are also divided and distributed to the 4Ps households.

“Dako kaayo og natabang ang 4Ps sa amoang barangay. Nakita nako nga wala lamang nakatabang ang 4Ps sa pagpaeskwela ug paghatag og saktong nutrisyon sa ilang mga anak apan na-exercise pud nila ang community involvement (4Ps has been a huge help in our barangay. 4Ps not only assisted them on their children’s education and health but also enabled them to exercise community involvement),” continued Barangay Captain Sael.

As the father of the barangay, he never fails to remind his constituents to comply with the conditionalities of the program. “Ang pagtuman lang sa konsdisyon sa programa ang ginapangayo sa inyoha. Ug kung buot huna-hunaon para gihapon sa inyo ug sa inyohang mga anak ang kondisyon nga ilang ginapangayo. Swerte ra kaayo ta sa Barangay San Jose nga naapil ta sa 4Ps busa atoa gyud nga panggaon ang programa (The only thing asked of you by the program is to comply with the conditionalities set by 4Ps. And come to think of it, the required conditionalities are also for you and your children’s welfare. We are very lucky here in Barangay San Jose to be included in 4Ps that is why we have to love the program),” Brgy. Captain Sael prompts them.

Barangay San Jose is one of the seventeen barangays of Caraga which benefited from 4Ps. 4Ps is a poverty-reduction strategy aiming to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by giving out cash grants to extremely poor households to help improve the health and education of children aged 0 to 14. DSWD/sjbs

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KALAHI-CIDSS Opens in New Corella, Gov. Generoso

DAVAO City  -“We are happy to welcome the municipalities of New Corella and Gov. Generoso as the newest KALAHI-CIDSS Areas in Davao Region,” announced Director Ester A. Versoza of DSWD.

On the other hand, Mayor Nestor L. Alcoran of New Corella, Davao Del Norte and Mayor Vicente Orencia of Gov. Generoso, Davao Oriental are equally pleased and excited to implement the national program in their respective locality. At this early, the mayors have lined up plans and activities to ensure success of KALAHI-CIDSS. Mayor Orencia even declared to document the whole process from start to finish.

“The municipal launch is set March 3 and 4. The two new areas have 20 barangays each and will get P9 million each for the 1st Cycle Implementation or a total of P27 million each in a span of three years,” Versoza explained.

“DSWD has already completed implementation of KALAHI-CIDSS in the towns of Sto. Tomas, Talaingod, Tarragona, Manay, Laak and Mabini with a total funding support of P210.99 million, of which P77.24 million or 37% is local government counterpart,” Versoza added.

Among the 190 community projects prioritized and implemented through the KALAHI-CIDSS Community-Driven Development Process are Potable Water System, Road Rehabilitation, Tribal Housing, Health Station, Corn Mill, Multi-Purpose Training Center, Rural Irrigation System, Day Care Center, Community Library, Bridge, and Rural Electrification.

KALAHI-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is one of the national government‘s anti-poverty projects implemented by DSWD since 2003. It aims to boost the decision-making power of local communities, strengthen their involvement in local development planning, and mobilize local government units and community resources to implement community projects that reduce poverty. DSWD/ccd

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Pantawid in Sarangani Island

Mayor Jerry T. Cawa of Sarangani Island, Davao Del Sur discusses with DSWD Director Ester A. Versoza the implementation status of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Sarangani which has a total of 2278 recipients. 4Ps families nationwide receive a monthly cash subsidy for five years to support health and education needs of children 0-14 years old. DSWD/ccd

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