Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development, through Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) recently conducted a Community Volunteers’ Congress at the Grand Men Seng Hotel.Attended by some 158 Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers, the three-day congress cum learning conference is an avenue for exchange of learning and experiences from more than a year of implementation of community driven development (CDD) in Region XI.

Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers came from the municipalities of Caraga and Cateel of Davao Oriental, New Bataan of Compostela Valley, and Malita of Davao Occidental.

“This event aimed at showcasing the best and innovative practices that led to the success of CDD implementation in the covered municipalities of Kalahi-CIDSS in Region XI,” said DSWD XI Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

She added this activity determines how community volunteers and Barangay Local Government Units (BLGUs) will carry on the lessons of the CDD approach of the program in their respective localities.

Selected community volunteers presented testimonies on their CDD experiences and best practices in the field.

The congress also focused on developing mechanisms to further advocate Kalahi-CIDSS in the barangays.

A creative gallery highlighting the implementation and best practices of Kalahi-CIDSS was also mounted during the activity.

The 1st Community Volunteers’ Congress was held last December 2015 with 250 volunteers attending from Nabunturan, Monkayo and Maco of Compostela Valley province; and Tarragona, Manay and Boston of Davao Oriental.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a community-driven development program of the Philippine Government aiming to empower people through sustainable development, enhanced participation in local governance, and management of poverty alleviation projects.

To date, Kalahi-CIDSS has a total number of 15,658 community volunteers and operates in 21 municipalities in Region XI. (DSWD)