Marcelino, Davao Oriental (DSWD XI) – The second cycle implementation of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) officially begins with the municipal orientation in 11 implementing municipalities in Region XI which will receive Php 176,611,400.00 to fund prioritized community sub-projects.

These municipalities that started the program in 2015 are Baganga, Braulio E. Dujali, Lupon, Kiblawan, Jose Abad Santos, Malalag, Sta. Maria, Don Marcelino, Montevista, Sarangani, and San Isidro (Davao del Norte).

The orientation serves as a forum through which newly elected and appointed local officials, as well as representatives of other government and non-government organizations in the locality are provided overview and updates on Kalahi-CIDSS.

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.

“We are very inspired by what we have achieved during the first cycle of Kalahi-CIDSS as implemented in these 11 LGUs. Truly, the benefits of community-initiated programs empower localities more, and they gain a bigger stake in the future of these projects,” shared Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

Jerome Ruel Susuman, Human Resource Management Officer of Don Marcelino and former Sangguniang Bayan Councilor, expressed his utmost appreciation to the program.

“The Municipality of Don Marcelino is grateful to Kalahi-CIDSS for not only building infrastructures that will help our community, but also in empowering our communities here.  In pledging our commitment in the Manifesto of Support for the second cycle of implementation, I put my heart in every stroke of my signature. We will look forward to a more progressive Don Marcelino and for more communities to develop at a faster pace.”

In the first cycle of implementation in Don Marcelino, a total of 11 sub-projects such as flood control facility, road, multipurpose building, water system, solar home lighting, and hanging cable footbridge were implemented in 11 barangays with a total cash grant of Php 16,776,800.00.

For the second cycle, the municipality will have another grant allocation of Php 16,776,800.00 that will fund sub-projects that address the needs of the community.

Following the orientation, these 11 municipalities will proceed with Community Planning, Proposal Preparation, and Project Approval. The community will be assisted by Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinating Team (ACT) in planning and proposal making, based on their identified community needs.

During the first cycle, these towns completed 110 Kalahi-CIDSS community sub-projects worth Php 173,980,750.00 in 110 barangays.

“More projects are well underway and more communities will continue to benefit from Kalahi-CIDSS. We are very optimistic about what 2017 will bring,” said Director Jabagat. (DSWD)