Davao City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently conducted a three-day orientation on the Kalahi CIDSS-National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) for local chief executives and LGU personnel.

Present were LGU officials from Boston, Tarragona, Manay, Monkayo, Maco, Nabunturan, Cateel, Caraga, New Bataan, Nabunturan, Cateel, Caraga, Compostela, New Corella, Governor Generoso, San Isidro, Pantukan and Kapalong.

The orientation covered program background, size of block grants to eligible LGUs, and conditions for LGU participation.

A flagship poverty alleviation program of the National Government, Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP is the scale up of Kalahi-CIDSS.

The goal of this program is to help barangay/communities of targeted municipalities become empowered to achieve improved access to services and to participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting and implementation and to support community-driven post-disaster response and development in disaster-affected municipalities.

To be implemented from 2014 to 2019, Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP has P9.3 billion project cost nationwide. Of this amount, US$479 million is from a World Bank loan and US$372.1 million comes from the ADB Emergency Assistance Loan.

Eligible to participate in the NCDDP are 4th to 6th  class municipalities with poverty incidence higher than the national average of 25% based on the 2009 small area estimates of NSCB (National Statistical Coordinating Board), 1st to 3rd class municipalities with poverty incidence of 40% higher, and Yolanda-affected provinces. (DSWD)