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