[from left] San Isidro, Davao Oriental Municipal Mayor Justina MB. Yu and DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon sign the Memorandum of Agreement on KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP implementation.

Davao City –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently conducted simultaneous municipal orientations to its 16 targeted municipalities implementing KALAHI CIDSS- National Community Driven Development Program (KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP).

The orientations were attended by program beneficiaries, municipal and barangay officials.

Targeted municipalities are Maco, Monkayo, Nabunturan, Pantukan, New Bataan, Boston, Manay, Tarragona, Governor Generoso, San Isidro, Caraga, Cateel, Kapalong, New Corella, Malita, and Compostela.

“We are happy to announce that KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP now covers new areas. More beneficiaries from vulnerable sectors will be empowered upon realizing their contributions in the improvement of their community,” announced Regional Director of DSWD Priscilla N. Razon during the municipal orientation in San Isidro, Davao Oriental.

KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP Community Development Specialist Nick Elvi Digol, said the main objective of the activity is to introduce KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP to the beneficiary-communities.

“In this activity, attendees are oriented about the program and its underlying requirements for implementation,” Digol said.

Also discussed at the orientation were conditions for local government (LGU) participation and size of block grants to eligible LGUs.

Eligible 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 municipalities, Digol added.

Following the orientation was the Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement by the Local Chief Executive and the DSWD Director.

Also administered was the Signing of the “Panaad sa Pagsuporta” (Manifesto of Support), a symbolic act to signify the commitment of LGU officials, DSWD officers, and beneficiaries to work together in reducing poverty through KALAHI CIDSS- NCDDP.

KALAHI CIDSS- NCDDP is the expansion program into a national scale of operations of the community driven development (CDD) approach, which was tried and proven effective by Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

From 2003 to 2013, Kalahi-CIDSS has completed 746 community sub-projects in Davao Region.

“I am immensely thankful that DSWD continues to support different areas in Region XI. Rest assured that we will give our full support to make the implementation successful in our municipality. Yes, we can do it because of the sustained assistance from DSWD,” San Isidro Mayor Justina MB. Yu said.

To run from 2014 to 2019, KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP bears a Php 9.3 billion project cost nationwide covering 847 poorest municipalities.

Region XI has a total cash grant of Php 360, 812,560.00 million for 299 barangays. DSWD