[L-R] Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Arlene M. Semblante, Talaingod Mayor Basilio A. Libayao, and Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Community Development Specialist Nick Elvi Digol at the signing of the memorandum of agreement for the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA and Kalahi-CIDSS BUB.

Talaingod, Davao del Norte –“Ang DSWD padayon nga nag tabang sa mga lumad nga matagamtaman ang kalinaw pinaagi sa pagtukod og mga proyekto nga sila mismo ang nagdumala (DSWD continues to help indigenous people achieve peace through projects that they themselves manage),” shares 50 year-old Datu Lumansad Sibogan, a representative of the Tribal Council of Elders here.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Local Government Unit recently renewed their commitment for the 4th cycle of Kalahi CIDSS -PAMANA (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services -Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan) and Buttom Up Budgeting (BUB) implementation

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed at Gazebo Balimba Hills, Barangay Sto. Niño. Present were Mayor Basilio A. Libayao, Vice Mayor Francisco G. Gipulla Jr, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Arlene M. Semblante, Kalahi-CIDSS Community Development Specialist Nick Elvi Digol and the 15 tribal leaders.

To date, Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA has completed 24 sub-projects here with a total cash grant of Php 13.5 million while the LGU contributed Php 8.93 in the three cycles.

BUB through DSWD also released Php 3.9 million with a local counterpart of Php 459,070.00 for sub-projects completed in sitios Cuyas, Barobo, Melyong and St. Anne.

Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA already helped 4,196 households here through community sub-projects such as potable water system, drainage canal and low cost solar home lighting.

Apart from Kalahi-CIDSS, Talaingod is also covered by Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD.

Presently, there are 2,775 Pantawid Pamilya and 2,779 livelihood program participants in the town.

Mayor Libayao expressed his utmost appreciation to the community-driven development approach of DSWD. “Through this partnership, we aim to put a permanent and just closure to tribal wars and internal armed conflicts in our municipality.”

Intot Juan, 28, a Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer from Purok Nasilaban, Barangay Palma Gil, is thankful to DSWD for accessing basic social services in their community.

“I am grateful that inhumane acts due to tribal wars and armed conflicts are slowly put to an end through DSWD’s initiatives. What a tremendous relief that my family can now sleep peacefully at night.”

PAMANA, one of the modalities of Kalahi CIDSS, is the Philippine government’s program and framework for peace and development.

BUB on the other hand, is an approach to preparing the budget proposal of national government agencies, considering the development needs of cities/municipalities as identified in their respective Local Poverty Reduction Action Plans (LPRAP).

In 2015, a total of nine municipalities will be covered by Kalahi CIDSS PAMANA in Davao Region and 29 by Kalahi CIDSS BUB. DSWD