DSWD to provide assistance to IPs affected by demolition in Dipolog

July 15, 2015 – DSWD Field Office IX committed to augment assistance for the Subanen families affected by the demolition in Dipolog City.

Ma. Eva Avila, SWADT (Social Welfare and Development Team) Leader of Zamboanga del Norte together with Rosalie Casinillio, AICS (Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation) coordinator went to the demolition site this morning to check the status of the four IP families in barangay Sta. Isabela, Dipolog.

“We have already laid down our commitments to augment help for these families. In fact as agreed with the CSWDO, we will be providing 1 sack of rice to each family and food packs.”  Avila disclosed.

Aside from this the DSWD regional office has also accommodated the request of educational assistance for members of the families who are in high school and college. As to the relocation, Eva further revealed that the office will also be extending transportation allowance for those families who will be relocating outside the city. Cash-for-work assistance for 10 days @ Php210/day and emergency shelter assistance will also be provided to families who intend to build their own houses.

Avila added that, weeks before the demolition she has personally visited the IP households who were occupying the lot that was assigned to them by the LGU. She said that together with Engr. Riza Elias, DSWD IX engineer, they were able to talk to some of the families in the area to inform them about the demolition and assistance that will be providing to the affected families.

“We were there weeks before the actual demolition. We have even shown them the lot map and informed them about the possible assistance that DSWD can offer come resettlement time. They were calm and told us that they will not take it against us because they know that it was the LGU who gave us the authority to occupy the lot.” Avila said.

Moreover, Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo said that regional office will be continuously coordinating with CSWDO Nenita Domingo for other necessary augmentation and as soon as the families are ready to avail of the said assistance.

Four Subanen families have been affected by the demolition which transpired yesterday in Barangay Sta. Isabela Dipolog City to give way to the construction of DSWD Provincial Office. The LGU stands firm that the lot assigned to DSWD has long been identified as government complex where three other government offices are built such as PNP, Philippine Coconut Authority and DTI. ###

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11 villages in ZamPen avail of Php17Million development projects through KALAHI-CIDSS

Representatives from one of the villages in RT Lim presenting their proposed sub-project through a song with a visual aid

Representatives from one of the villages in RT Lim presenting their proposed sub-project through a song with a visual aid

Zamboanga Sibugay – Eleven (11) barangays in the municipality of RT Lim (Surabay), Zambaoanga del norte have availed of development sub-projects from KALAHI-CIDSS after an “election” of their most urgent needs last week. Contrary to traditional project implementation, community-mobilized volunteers will steer these projects into completion, which amount to Php17Million.

Last April 30, 2015, RT Lim has conducted the sub-project prioritization event, known as the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF) wherein volunteers of Kalahi-CIDSSbpresented their sub-project proposals and chose which among the community projects will be prioritized. The forum participants will choose what they think is the most viable and feasible based on the criteria set by the volunteers themselves.

The most common proposed sub-projects are roads, Day Care Centers and school buildings which reflect the communities’ most pressing need. These sub-projects were deliberated by community folks who took part in a participatory situational analysis, where they discussed prevailing issues and inequities present in the barangays. After preparing the proposals, they endorsed it in a forum, the MIBF.

“We want our children to have a conducive classroom.” Thus, their request for a Day Care Center. During the KALAHI-CIDSS municipal inter-barangay forum, representatives from the different barangays in a municipality casting their votes on the development sub-projects that should be prioritized for funding.

“We want our children to have a conducive classroom.” Thus, their request for a Day Care Center. During the KALAHI-CIDSS municipal inter-barangay forum, representatives from the different barangays in a municipality casting their votes on the development sub-projects that should be prioritized for funding.

In this forum, representatives from the different barangays in a particular municipality are brought together to present their proposals, and afterwards vote for the “best and most urgent”. Their votes are strictly based on criteria, which they have also initially set forth as guidelines.

The KALAHI-CIDSS project provides a grant of Php14,612.609 for the muncipality. Since the amount is limited and not all proposals can be prioritized for funding, the need to vote is essential. However, augmenting the grant for the realization of the sub-projects are local counterpart contributions, which may be pooled from many sources within and outside the municipality. RT Lim was able to raise more than Php2Million as a counterpart.

The MIBF is a highly democratic avenue, which is very similar to the polls. Representatives from the barangays stand on stage and encourage the others to vote for their sub-project. They explain the community’s condition and why they need the sub-project badly. After the “campaigns”, the participants would then cast their ballots.

For RT Lim 11 barangays out of 26 are to undertake their own development sub-projects which are mostly road concreting, Day Care Centers, box culvert and farm-to-market road. They are expected to be completed by August this year.

One of the volunteers espressed their anticipation of of the conduct of MIBF as they have accordingly been needing a Day Care Center for the Indigenous Kids in Barangay Sta. Rosario since the makeshift classroom aren’t conducive anymore for the children to occupy.

“Excited na kami ipatayo ang project kung mapili. Kasi 44 kabataan nga IP wala na sila maklasehan, nagiba na yung dati nilang classroom. Gusto namin madevelop ang kaalaman nila. Kaya umaasa talaga kami sa Kalahi para mas nindut gyud ang ilahang pag-iskwela.” Ederita Tecson shared.

Kalahi-CIDSS which has been implemented for over a decade in poor municipalities in the Philippines has just been scaled up in 2014 to cover additional municipalities in the next 5 years. It aims to empower communities through their active participation in the development cycle, enhance the responsiveness of local governance, and reduce poverty in the poorest municipalities. ###

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Dalan sa kalinaw (Pathway to peace): The tri-people’s legacy

“Naa’ay gisulud mga baynti ka armed men sa barangay Sulo, didtu sa baligyaan, sa merkado. Dayun gitulis ang mga tawu, mga nagbaligya ug isda, goma. Nagcause na sya ug upat katawu namatay kay gipangpusil man sila.” (Around 20 armed men entered our village, particularly at the wet market. The people were robbed. Four people were killed in that incident.) Maritess finally started.

It was three years ago when the bucolic town of Naga were stunned by the cruel and still unsolved murder of some residents. However, Maritess recalled the incident with fear still evident in her eyes.

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Tess, a 42-year old native of barangay Sulo in Naga serves as a barangay secretary and a Procurement Team Member of Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-project Management Committee. She has been active in participating in the different development efforts in the community, including the construction of the 395 meters concrete pathway, a project which they hoped would end their struggle and will prevent the same incident to happen again.

Naga, an interior municipality found in ZamboangaSibugay province, is considered to have frequently pressing humanitarian concerns because of the prevailing climate of distrust and fear among its residents caused by peace and order threats. A home to tri-people, the Christians, Muslims and the Lumads, Naga has been continuously struggling to be able to get loose from stereotypical impression of the outsiders that their town is a conflict torn and affected community.

Tess was in town of Sulo that day saw her neighbors rushing to a school located in Bulansing (an isolated sitio in barangay Sulo) to fetch their daughters and sons.

“Nagchaos ang mga tawu, nanagan mi. Nakit-an naku ang uban gahilak gadagan padung sa skwelahan didtu sa Bulansing. Layu-layu man pudtu, mga upat kakilometro gikan sa sentro. Dili man sya accessible by vehicles, maskin kanang single motorcycles, kinahanglan pa baclayun. Mao tu naglisud ang mga parents kuha dayun sa mga anak.” (Everyone panicked. We ran,  and I saw some of our neighbors were crying, rushing to school to fetch their children. The school was four kilometres away from us and it was not even passable for vehicles making it difficult for parents to get their children immediately.)

Aside from this, Tess also recounted that the police struggled to respond because they still had to walk through the narrow and hilly trail to get to the crime scene. The same incident transpired after a few weeks and this prompted the community members to act upon the situation.

“Bahin atu, nakadecide mi kay concrete pathway gyud ang among kinahanglan ibutang sa sitio Bulansing. Nakit-an namu kay dakug kaayuhan gyud ning ihatag. Una, easy and safe access para sa tanan, ang pagresponde sa pulis kung naay mga panghitabu, human narealize pud namu kay kini pud ang mahimung bridge sa mga lain-lain nga tribo.” (Because of that, we saw the need to construct a concrete pathway. We saw that it was the best project for all. Aside from it can give us easy and safe access for the residents, most especially for the police whenever something happens, we also realized that it can serve as a bridge between our people.) Tess recounted, referring to the Subanens who live in Bulansing.

“Kami isip myembro sa komunidad, gi-konsider namu sya kaayuhan pud sa mga Subanen tribe. Ang nigawas man ngamuragsacentrolangangnatagaanug project kung asa ang mga kristyano, syempre lain pud nang feeling murag nabiyaan sila. So gusto pud namu participate pud sila kay para sa ilaha man pud nang dalan.” (As a member of the community, we also considered the welfare of the Subanen. Because when we were given the first project of PAMANA, it seemed that they were left behind. So we wanted them to participate because the pathway was for their own good.)

SAM_1001 (2)Through the 300,000 cash grant from OPAPP, the construction of concrete pathway was constructed in sitioBulansing, barangay Sulo, Naga in September 2013. The implementation of the sub-project followed the Kalahi-CIDSS Community Driven Development approach which gives opportunity to the community members to participate in the entire process through volunteerism.

The completion of the concrete pathway came in no time which has been credited to the determination, unity and cooperation among the people of barangay Sulo regardless the religion, tribe, age and gender, everyone took part to ensure there is security and peace in the community.

Tess sees volunteering as an opportunity to share her knowledge as a public servant and at the same time will pave the way for Lumad to establish a better relationship with other people.

“Maskin wala compensation nga madawat okay lang basta duna pud mi ikashare nga kahibalu. Kay anytime mawala ta sa kalibutan di natu madala. So karun that’s the time na itodo na. Nakit-an pud namu pagkakakaron dunay na syang linkages, nagmingle na ang mga kristyano, muslim ug mga Subanen nga nipuyo sa Bulansing.  Ang ilahang gibati kay ang centro gane naka dawat  sa pamana, kami pud so nafeel na nila kay part  pud sila sa community, sa paglambu. Nibalik ang ilahang pagsalig sa gobyerno, walay rejection, maskin unsa ang lahi, Sa Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA, tanan gitrato as kalahi.” (Even we don’t get any compensation, I just wanted to share my little knowledge because anytime we might just leave this world, we cannot bring it with us after all. The project also now serves as a linkage between Christian, muslim and Subanen. It made them feel that they are part of the community because they too availed of the Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA project. They now feel that they are part of the progress, they gave back their trust to the government, no more rejection, regardless the religion, the tribe, the culture, with Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA, everyone is treated the same). Tess stated.

Students and kids in Bulansing, Sulo comfortably walking on newly constructed pathway by Kalahi-CIDSS - PAMANA

Students and kids in Bulansing, Sulo comfortably walking on newly constructed pathway by Kalahi-CIDSS – PAMANA

Tess also added that their community now feel safe and secured above all. “Di na mi mabalaka kay kabalu mi, di mi biyaan sa gobyerno kay gihatagan nila mig dalan padung sa kalinaw.” (We now feel safe because we know the government will never leave us because they have bequeathed us a legacy—a pathway to peace.)

The PAMANA implementation of DSWD is nearing its end  in 11 municipalities in Western Mindanao. In its wake, it has left behind 634 community projects like roads, schools, health stations and livelihood enhancers that immediately address the community’s needs. But more than just concrete structures, PAMANA has left some more important legacies – peace, unity and a progressive community.

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Kalahi-CIDSS trains community volunteers on procurement, finance management

Western Mindanao 02/13/15 — Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers from Salug, Zamboanga del Norte undergo procurement training last February 12-13, 2015. Part of the session was the orientation on the roles and responsibilities of the volunteers, the policies and operational guidelines of procurement to ensure fairness, effectiveness, economical and transparent procurement procedures.

Attendees were Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairperson, Bids and Awards Committee, Procurement Team, Project Implementation Team, Monitoring and Inspection Team, Audit and Inventory Team, Book keepers, Barangay Captains.

One of the groups performing the mock bidding

One of the groups performing the mock bidding

Aside from providing lectures, the participants also underwent series of simulation about some procurement methods such as Community Shopping of goods, community shopping for works and small value procurement for works to enable them to learn the subject matter better through a mock-up.


Meanwhile, a community finance training was also conducted by Kalahi-CIDSS last February 2-7, 2015 that aimed to orient the participants— Community Bookkeeper, BSPMC, Barangay Treasurer, Audit and Inventory — on the detailed community-based financial management systems and procedures covering the general provisions, cash management, bookkeeping and reporting, and community finance monitoring.

11001010_10202255368145454_1964188936_oCommunity members who submit themselves to volunteer in Kalahi-CIDSS are delegated tasks on procurement and finance management among others. The capability building aspect of Kalahi-CIDSS forms part of the effort to empower community members so they will be skilled enough to carry out their responsibilities in project implementation. Thus, all volunteers in municipalities enrolled in Kalahi-CIDSS will undergo the same training and orientation.

Kalahi-CIDSS has been scaled up since 2014 to target 847 municipalities in the entire country, to include 52 which were identified in Region IX. It uses Community Driven Development (CDD) approach that puts the power back to the people by giving them the opportunity to manage resources and implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves.###
























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Kalahi-CIDSS partner LCE wins BayanI Ka award

Mayor Alibutdan receives a plaque of recognition and five thousand pesos as prizes for winning Best LCE for improved local governance award. (from L-R) DSWD Asec. Teodulo Romo, Asec. Camilo Gudmalin, Usec. Parisya Taradji, Mayor Eldwin Alibutdan, Region IX Director Zebaida Arevalo and Kalahi-CIDSS National Program Director Benilda Redaja

Mayor Alibutdan receives a plaque of recognition and five thousand pesos as prizes for winning Best LCE for improved local governance award.
(from L-R) DSWD Asec. Teodulo Romo, Asec. Camilo Gudmalin, Usec. Parisya Taradji, Mayor Eldwin Alibutdan, Region IX Director Zenaida Arevalo and Kalahi-CIDSS National Program Director Benilda Redaja

01/26/15—Mayor Eldwin Alibutdan of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay was named the BayanI Ka! National Awardee for Improved Local Governance last January 23, 2015 at Asian Institute of Management in Makati City.

Alibutdan was among of the five awardees from the different parts of the country to win in the individual category in Kalahi-CIDSS BayanI Ka Awards for successfully implementing the program in their respective communities.

Alibutdan is considered to be one of the CDD (Community Driven Development) champions in Region IX. He has been vocal about his aspiration of addressing the needs of his constituents who motivated him to realize the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS in their locality. Aside from this, he is also passionate about promoting CDD as one of the best strategies to fight against corruption.

 “It is truly a pleasure on my part to receive this award from DSWD. I cannot even articulate how thankful I IMG_1595am to the program for the effort of recognizing their stakeholders. Surely, this will drive me, us, the Local Government Unit of Ipil to perform our duties better in empowering the poor and disadvantaged and I hope that I will serve as an inspiration to my fellow mayors, colleagues and all the leaders in Region IX to support and adopt CDD as an efficient poverty reduction strategy.” says Alibutdan in a statement.

Region IX also bagged the BayanI Ka Best Youth Volunteer award and was given to Ms. Loreza Dee Tomial of Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay. Tomial was mthe Project Preparation Team member and Monitopring and Inspection Team chairperson in the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS in Barangay Sanghanan, Kabasalan. Loreza believes that part of the development process of the community is the need to capacitate the community members, including the youth.

The ceremony was attended by DSWD international development partners and the agency’s members of the executive committee headed by Sec. Corazon “Dinky” Soliman who gave a very inspiring message to the awardees.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman giving her message to the awardees

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman giving her message to the awardees

 “We are very humbled by the partnership that you have offered because this partnership brought to life what democracy and development mean…your service to the nation is very much valued…This recognition may not be enough to measure the effort that all of you have given, whatever development is seen and felt in your areas is truly a reality.” says Soliman during her opening message.

The BayanI Ka! Awarding organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development intends to acknowledge the hard work being put by the local, everyday heroes who put their own communities (“bayan”) before their own selves (“I”) through their enhanced participation in community development. ###



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PAMANA Women: Lighting their way home

Siocon, Zamboanag del Norte 01/22/2015 — In the early times, the primary role of women was to care for their family and home. A sphere where she can express her femininity is narrowed to a certain extent and restricted to her marital life where her role as a female is revealed. But now, the role of women has significantly transformed. Women now don’t only fulfil their filial responsibilities as a mother and wife, but they also shed light to attain communal peace and development as empowered citizens.

Barangay Poblacion of the municipality of Siocon is one of the areas in Zamboanga del Norte with so many inspiring stories to tell. Siocon is a budding municipality located in the upland and forested area west of Zamboanga del Norte province. In spite of being a 1st class municipality, Siocon used to face social conflict. Due to having been perceived as a “hotspot” by the locals where individuals in conflict with law are based, the place has become inaccessible for government interventions to penetrate the place.

“Hindi naman mismo dito nag-gyegyera, pero yun nga may mga sightings daw, may mga naninirahan na lawless (elements) kaya nahihirapan dati ang mga workers na magbigay ng tulong.” (There’s no insurgency here, but still some would say that there are sightings of lawless elements, some even live here that’s why the government workers really find it difficult to extend their help.) Baby opened up.

BeryaneJutingo, 53 years old or Baby as she is commonly called by their neighbors is a community volunteer. Together with Baby was Genara Lorete or Nara who served as her constant companion. While proudly showing a picture of their community sub-project, they both shared their situation before the implementation of PAMANA project cycle 2— the 34 units streetlights that they install themselves.

“Noon alas seis ng hapon pa lang, kasi madilim eh, lahat nasa loob na ng bahay. Siguro isa yun sa mga rason kung bakit laging may away, laging may hindi pagkakaintindihan. Hindi kasi sila nag-uusap palagi.” (Before, as early as six in the evening, people here are already home. Maybe it is one of the reasons why there are always conflict and misunderstanding because people hardly talk to each other.) Nara said. While Baby added that before the completion of the project, people used to complain about cases of bullying. “Dati kasi pag madilim yan ang pinagsisimulan ng gulo. Yung nagtitrip lang. Kung madilim dali lang gyud maka-ikyas, dagan lang dayun didtu kay singgit man gud!” (There used to be cases of bullying when there were still no streetlights. Because they can easily escape since the surrounding was very dark. )

Seeing the need to address this problem, in May 19, 2014 the community started the construction and installation of the 34 units streetlights in different strategic areas with the help of the funds given by OPAPP amounted to Php 300,000.00.

Community volunteers putting up one of the 34 units streetlight

Community volunteers putting up one of the 34 units streetlight

“Streetlights po talaga ang naisip naming kasi makakatulong yun sa pagpapabuti ng relasyon ng mga tao sa barangay namin, ug dili na ba kana, delikado.” (The first thing that really came into our minds were streetlights because it will help in improving the relationship of the people in our village and it also minimizes risks.)

Out of 25 volunteers in Poblacion, 16 are women.

“Kay kasagaran man gyud diri ang ilahang mga bana naa gyud trabaho. So syempre ang akung nakuha nga mga volunteers women gyud. Human, willing man pud sila, so ingun ku, sigi!” (Because usually their husbands are working. So of course I got women volunteers instead. They were really willing so I said, why not?) Marlyn Duhaylungsod, Village’s Chairwoman explained.

And so Baby and Nara proved how women work differently compared to men in terms of commitment. “Murag mag bente kwatro oras gyud mi magwork kay i-try unta namu humanun before muabut 45 days. Naabut jud! Kapuy pero enjoy pud  kay makaapil-apil sa pag-cut sa tubo, sa bars. Then siguro ang memorable gyud katung nagpintal mi sa bars. Kay nindut gyud nigawas ang mga poste. Mga bayi  lang tu tanan ang nagpintal.” (Seemed like we were already working for almost 24 hours because we wanted to finish the project before the 45 days timeline, and fortunately we did it! It was tiresome but we enjoyed it because we were able to join the laborers in cutting the pipes, the bars. And perhaps the most memorable experience was when we painted the bars. It came out so nice. All who did the painting were women volunteers.)

However, Baby and Nara still had to deal with some challenges in the course of the implementation.

“Ah nagproblema gyud mi sa katung mga materyales nga gipag deliver nga dili man amo. Dili ba fitting ang mga tubo. Pero kami nalang pud

Women volunteers painting the streetlight bars

Women volunteers painting the streetlight bars

ang naghimu ug mga kalihukan para magamit lang gihapun sya. Then nahimulang pud sa pag tinabangay.” (We really had a problem with the materials delivered with incorrect specifications. The pipe didn’t fit but we made a way on how we can still use the materials. And through unity, we were able to do it.) Baby said.

While Nara was confronted with a problem of dividing her time being both a volunteer and a mother. “Lisud gyud. Pero maayu na lang kay ang akung bana, gapuli-puli lang mi sa mga bata.” (It was real hard. Good thing that my husband does my duties whenever I can’t.)

“Karun naa na suga, ang mga tawu naa na sa gawas, istorya-istorya, bonding-bonding. Then ang uban nakit-an gyud naku kay ga-tanum na man. Kay wala man daw sila oras sa adlaw. Then wala na pud mga buguy magbato. Lingaw na ang mga tawu.” (Now that our barangay is already well-lighted, people now stay outside even at night. They now get the chance to talk to each other more often. Then I also saw the others starting to plant in their vicinity which they couldn’t do before because it’s only at night that they have time to do it.) Barangay Chairwoman gladly related.

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Baby and Nara couldn’t also help but to share how the particular project has changed them as a woman and a resident of their barangay.

“Ngayon yung feeling naming malaki ang kontribusyon naming sa barangay namin. Yung may halaga pala kami. May magagawa pala kami

para sa iba at yun ay dahil sa PAMANA.” (Now I feel that I have a huge contribution in our community. That we are worthy and we can do something for the others because of PAMANA.) Baby related.

“Syempre ngayon may pakialam na kami. Hindi yung noon, pag babae, magsilbi lang sa kanilang bana. Karun ah, ga participate na gyud mi. Kaya pala namu!” (Of course now we can say that we already care. Unlike before, women are viewed as the ones who are only attending to the needs of their husbands and children. Now, we really participate and we realized that we also are capable.) Nara added.

PAMANA o Payapa at Masaganang Mamamayan provides seed funds per barangay in the identified municipalities for peace and development projects that were identified through consultations with the barangay residents. Through PAMANA, poor communities were able to identify their most urgent needs, taking into consideration their effect on improving peace and hastening development in their areas

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DSWD recognizes modern day heroes

BayanI Ka regional awardees pose with KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP Regional Program Manager / DSWD ARD Consejo Usman and Regional program Coordinator Marilyn Fabian during the awarding ceremony. (From L-R) Fabian, Ornopia, Tale, Alforque, Alibutdan, Realubit, Bagsikan and Usman.

BayanI Ka regional awardees pose with KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP Regional Program Manager / DSWD ARD Consejo Usman and Regional program Coordinator Marilyn Fabian during the awarding ceremony. (From L-R) Fabian, Ornopia, Tale, Alforque, Alibutdan, Realubit, Bagsikan and Usman.

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP recognized community volunteers and partners last December 12, 2014 in Liloy, ZDN in recognition of their selfless and exceptional services rendered in the implementation of DSWD’s KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP program. The BayanI Ka awards were given to Mayor Eldwin Alibutdan of Ipil, ZSP for the Improved Local Governance category, Barangay Chairperson Teresita Tale of Kumalarang, ZDS for Improved Local Governance (BLGU) category, and to seven more community volunteers— Josephine Realubit of Ipil, ZSP for Volunteerism category, Aurora Ornopia from Kumalarang for Gender and Development, Rebecca Alforque for Best Senior Citizen Volunteer, Rodolfo Bagsikan from Malangas, ZSP for Best PWD Volunteer and Loreza Dee Tomial of Kabasalan, ZSP for Best Youth Volunteer. Tomial and Mayor Alibutdan were also chosen to be BayanI Ka National Awardees.

The Search for BayanI Ka awardees is an initiative of the program implementers to acknowledge the hard work being put by the local, everyday heroes who put their own communities first before their own selves through volunteering in KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP. Aside from this, they are also now considered as the new generation of champions who will become advocates in making community-driven development (CDD) a reality.

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is the expansion 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). It targets the coverage of 847 of the poorest municipalities in the country. ###

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Honorable Governor Roberto Y Uy, signed the Memorandum of Agreement between the Provincial office and DSWD’s KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP represented by Regional Director Zenaida L. Arevalo last November 11, 2014 in Dipolog City.

The event emancipated sincere participation of the local government unit of the province in the implementation of NCDDP throughout its municipalities.

Also present as witnesses and supporters were Vice Governor Hon. Senen Angeles, BGEN Apolinario Alobba, Commander of the 101st Infantry Brigade, and LTC Leonel M. Nicolas, Commanding Officer, 10th Infantry Batallion. These personalities evocatively appreciated the KC processes and committed themselves to provide significant support.

I will give my support to the implementation of KALAHI NCDDP by sharing counterpart to municipalities who has difficulty in providing cash counterpart. Atoa silang tabangan kay luoy kaayo sila”; Uy said as he refers to the poor municipalities of the province.

One of the noteworthy impacts that occurred during the orientation was the expression of commitment of Mayor Bong Carloto of Tampilisan to finally engage with NCDDP. Tampilisan was one of the targeted municipalities to implement KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP, however there was a delay in expressing the interest to enroll.

“Sayang kaayo ang mga kaayuhan nga pwedeng mahatag sa katawhan kon atoa kining balibaran”. (We should not ignore and waste the progress that the project (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP) can give to our people.) Vice Governor Angeles commented on the failure of Tampilisan to enroll. So at that instant, an enrollment process was then scheduled by DSWD to the Municipality of Tampilisan.

Uy further said that he is willing to download PLGU funds to the community account. He also plans to create a committee to monitor and to observe how community undertakes procurement and disbursement processes. The Provincial Governor also committed to provide technical people for the NCDDP program when needed. Generally, he also expects that whatever plans and activities to be initiated by the DSWD in regards to the implementation of NCDDP these should be coordinated with PLGU.

Finally, he also asked DSWD to continuously provide them with appropriate awareness about KALAHI CIDSS so they will also be responsive of their roles and functions.

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