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Kalahi-CIDSS: Bridging communities

Baganga, Davao Oriental – Convenience is a given for travelers in urban areas, where multi-million budget bridges connect and help bring them to their destination. On the contrary, in remote Barangay Campawan here, residents literally need to cautiously traverse on a single cable wire-bridge (with a matching wire atop for residents to hold on to) in crossing a raging river, a daily ordeal that has ended in tragedy for some.

The inconvenience that became a daily grind to the community is now a thing of the past as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Kalahi-CIDSS, funded a Hanging Cable Footbridge sub-project at PhP 2,428,541.00 with local (government) counterpart contribution (LCC) of PhP 113,787.00.

Bayanihan spirit

In barangay Campawan, travelling from a certain village to the poblacion would take an hour. Brave school children eagerly cross the river when the water level is low just to be able to attend class.

“We were hoping our government could help us by building a proper and safer bridge to prevent more accidents in our village,” said Julieto M. Songale, Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC) chair.      

However, local officials were unable to address the problem perennially experienced by residents because of limited resources.

When the barangay was granted funding during the 2nd cycle of Kalahi-CIDSS implementation in 2017, local officials and project staffs wasted no time and started to work not only for the construction of the sub-project but also in capacitating the residents as they will be on top of the implementation.  

“We attended seminars organized by Kalahi-CIDSS and we were able to identify the sub-projects that address our most pressing needs,” Songale said.  

The 65-linear-meter hanging bridge is a product of the collective effort of the people, demonstrating community ownership of the project.

Per program of works, the hanging bridge was expected to be completed in 120 calendar days. But community volunteers came up with a plan that would ensure the speedy and quality construction and they were able to finish the sub-project within 114 calendar days.

Songale shared that their group actively monitored the project during the construction phase.

“Amoang gi schedule kada semana ang among monitoring ug pag trabaho para naa gyud transparency ang tanan sa progress sa sub-proyekto (We scheduled a weekly monitoring and construction to ensure all are updated of the project’s progress).”

He added this would also ensure that the construction is according to the agreed timeline.

Positive impact

“The goal of the program is to ensure sustainable development by ensuring the safety of communities and providing more income-generating opportunities as they can now conveniently transport their produce to the nearest market place,” said DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

She added that residents are now equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to push for their own development

“All the hardships that we experienced in the past are rewarded with relief now that Kalahi-CIDSS granted us a hanging bridge sub-project. More importantly, the sub-project came to fruition through the effort and massive volunteerism of the community,” said Lydia F. Lanaban, 33, member of Kalahi-CIDSS Project Preparation Team (PPT).

The 65-linear meter hanging cable footbridge is a success not only because it provided protection to the people, but it also bolstered collaboration and cooperation among the people of Campawan by coming together to make the project become a reality. (DSWD)

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Ata-Manobo women graduate via Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA

Kapalong, Davao del Norte (DSWD XI) – Clad in their colorful tribal dresses and accessories, 36 women from the Ata-Manobo tribe proudly received their respective livelihood training certificates during their recent graduation. 

These women are a spectacle in their eye-catching outfits which they crafted with their own hands. Thanks to the 15-day Skills Training and Capability Building on Dressmaking and Beads Crafting for Indigenous Knowledge System Practices (IKSP) provided through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services Payapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn Indigenous People – Community Driven Development (Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA IP-CDD) project.

“In this event, we display our works for the very first time, not only to showcase our output but also to show that Indigenous women are active, capable and should be celebrated as contributors in preserving their tribe’s culture,” said Neybe C. Erlano, 23, one of the graduates.

Dreams and designs

Erlano dreamed of becoming a seamstress and acquiring her own sewing machine. Even with limited means, she found other means to pursue her passion such as sewing clothes using scrap materials.

A mother of two, Erlano is primary responsible for taking care of their children. Her husband earns PhP 200 daily, which is barely enough to buy food and cover expenses needed for their children’s education. The meagre earnings jolted her to also earn to help support their family, which she took to mean helping her spouse in farming and setting aside her dreams of becoming a seamstress.

However, when the Skills Training and Capability Building on Dressmaking and Beadsmaking for Indigenous Knowledge System Practices (IKSP) was offered in their village, Erlano decided to be one of the 36 participants.

Preserving the tribe

Through the years, the Ata-Manobo tribe in Barangay Florida saw declining interest in the cultural heritage and tradition among young people, including fashioning their distinctive embroidery and accessories.

“Pagsulod sa Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA sa among barangay,  among gihandum nga ma preserba and lumadnong kultura ug sining sa among tribo, mahatagan og oportunidad nga ma promote ang kasuotan ug mga beadscraft sa tribong Ata-Manobo, ug makahatag og dugang kahibalo nga magamit ug matudlo namo sa mga musunod nga henerasyon (When Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA came into our barangay, we were inspired and yearned for our native culture and arts to be preserved, be provided the opportunity to promote our cultural costumes and beads accessories, and endowed with more knowledge which we can use and pass on to the next generation),” Erlano passionately shared.

Advancing IP women

Kalahi-CIDSS IP-CDD aims to deliver basic services to IP communities by supporting the implementation of the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development Protection Plan (ADSDPP), strengthening partnership of local governance institutions and the Indigenous Political Structures (IPS), and building the communities’ resilience to conflict.

This particular sub-project has a grant allocation worth PhP 600,000.00. This covers the provision of sewing machines and dressmaking materials to enable them practice their tradition in dressmaking and expand their livelihood initiatives as they target to display their products in a bigger market. Initially, the sub-project benefits 343 households in the barangay.

The skills training in Barangay Florida is also in partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU), Public Employment Service Office (PESO), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The partners provided support in the training design and provision of materials to help participants sustain what they have started.

“The Kalahi-CIDSS program opened my eyes,” declared Erlano. “It transformed IP women into competitive and productive individuals. It not only taught me the importance of livelihood and preserving our tribe’s culture, but it also instilled in us how a skill can be sustained with discipline and focus. Our income can help fulfill our dreams, like putting all our children to school and raising our standard of living.”

Erlando believes that their new skills will lead to women empowerment and contribute tremendously in preserving their tribe’s culture. With the skilled and more knowledgeable women working united, their tribal tradition will flourish definitely even throughout the next generations. (DSWD)

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Day care center for San Isidro children opens

SAN ISIDRO, Davao Del Norte (DSWD XI) -The Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently turned over a newly constructed day care center to Barangay Sabangan, San Isidro, Davao del Norte.

Kalahi-CIDSS granted Php 956,529.00 for the construction and fixtures while the municipality provided a Local Counterpart Contribution of Php 67,200.00. 

During the turnover ceremony, the key of responsibility was handed over to the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC), community volunteers, and parents.

The project was realized through the local residents’ engagement in the local development process of the program. They are the frontline in planning, implementation and management of the project.

With the completion of the project fully furnished with tables, chairs and other fixtures, students will no longer need to walk eight (8) kilometers to reach the nearest school. The new day care center can cater 33 children.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the programs of DSWD that uses the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach to empower local communities to undertake their own development projects by actively and directly involving in local governance such as identifying their community needs as well as taking part in implementing projects that will address these needs. (DSWD/Photos by Francis Gerald Salutillo)

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Kalahi-CIDSS multipurpose facility up soon in San Isidro village

GROUNDBREAKING. Some 152 households in Barangay Libuton, San Isidro, Davao del Norte will soon have their Two Units Multipurpose Pavement Post Harvest Facility through the LGU-led implementation of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Present during the groundbreaking ceremony were local officials, DSWD staffs, and community volunteers.

For the construction, DSWD granted Php 612,200.00 while the municipality provided a Local Counterpart Contribution (LCC) of Php 40,100.00.

At present, the Municipality of San Isidro has a grant allocation of Php 12,744,000.00 under the Kalahi-CIDSS LGU-led implementation modality. It is set to complete 13 sub-projects in 13 prioritized barangays.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the programs of DSWD that uses the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach to empower local communities to undertake their own development projects by actively and directly involving in local governance such as identifying their community needs as well as taking part in implementing projects that will address these needs. (DSWD/Photos by Francis Gerald Salutillo)

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School up soon for Sto. Tomas IPs

STO. TOMAS, Davao Del Norte (DSWD XI) – Some 40 Indigenous People (IP) families living in Sitio Talos, Barangay San Jose, Sto. Tomas town, Davao del Norte will soon benefit from a new community project as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kalahi-CIDSS IP-CDD recently broke ground for the construction of a School Living Tradition worth Php 1,000,000.00.

The Ata-Manobo tribe proposed the school so that culture bearers and practitioners are able to propagate and preserve their tribal culture, practices, and heritage.

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services Indigenous People – Community Driven Development (Kalahi-CIDSS IP-CDD) targets to deliver basic services in IP communities by supporting the implementation of the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development Protection Plan (ADSDPP), strengthening partnership among local governance institutions and the Indigenous Political Structures (IPS), and building the communities’ resilience to conflict.

The Kalahi-CIDSS IP-CDD program shall operate along the principles of Ancestral Domain-based, Indigenous Knowledge, Systems and Practices-centered, and locally defined and peace promoting development. (DSWD)

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Access road in Kiblawan village opened


ACCESS ROAD.   The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) turns over a 160 linear-meter barangay road with single barrel box culvert worth Php 1,671,982.00 with a local government counterpart contribution of Php 113,042.00 in Barangay Bonifacio, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur.

Present at the turnover were DSWD officials, municipal and barangay leaders, and community volunteers. The new access road links communities that were previously separated by a river, resulting to the increase in the number of agricultural products transported, and reduction in the residents’ transportation fare cost.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the programs of DSWD that uses the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach to empower local communities to undertake their own development projects by actively and directly involving in local governance such as identifying their community needs as well as taking part in implementing projects that will address these needs. (DSWD)

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Women building roads

ROADS BY WOMEN. Grace Melasan, 43, Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteer, helps in the construction of Concreting of 450 Linear-Meter Community Access Road in Barangay Gotamgo, Saranggani, Davao Occidental. The project is worth Php 2,141,343 and implemented through Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

As of April 2019, there are 20,619 Kalahi-CIDSS women community volunteers in Region XI. Some 36.87% of women volunteers are laborers in the construction of community sub-projects while 55.74% are trained in program workshops and capacity building activities.

Kalahi-CIDSS provides opportunities to women in income generation and decision-making activities, thus, developing their self-confidence and leadership skills as well as increasing aspirations for personal development.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the programs of DSWD that uses the Community Driven Development approach to empower local communities to undertake their own development projects by actively and directly partaking in local governance such as identifying their community needs as well as taking part in implementing projects that will address these needs. (DSWD)

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BUB projects in Matanao opened

BUB IN MATANAO. Blessing and turnover of Balay Pag-asa, Women Crisis Center, and Multi Purpose Center for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disability in Matanao Davao Del Sur. The projects were constructed through the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kalahi-CIDSS with a total grant fund of Php 2,900,000.00 and a local government counterpart amounting to Php 436,360.00.

The BUB modality takes into consideration the development needs of poor cities/municipalities as identified in their respective Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) formulated with the strong participation of basic sector organizations and civil society groups. (DSWD)

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