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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 16, 2012


KALAHI-CIDSS sub-projects help address impact of climate change

GOVERNOR GENEROSO, Davao Oriental, Jan. 16 (PIA) –- Mindful of the impact of climate change on their village, residents of this municipality have prioritized six flood control sub-projects during the latest Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF) of the KALAHI-CIDSS project.

On January 10, Barangay Poblacion started the implementation of its flood control sub-project with a ground-breaking activity. This is just one of the four barangays implementing flood control sub-projects. The other two sub-projects which are flood-control related are the box culvert of Barangay Chicote and the drainage line canal of Barangay Anitap.

Department of Social Welfare and Development Assistant Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon said the flood control sub-projects are relevant and responsive to the needs of the people in amidst the adverse impact of climate change.

“The project is very relevant especially in these times. Sa karon nga panahon daghan na og calamities sama sa nahitabo sa Iligan, sa Cagayan ug sa Pantukan (At these times there are many calamities caused by climate change like those that happened in Iligan, Cagayan de Oro and Pantukan),” said Razon during the ground-breaking activity.

Razon was referring to tropical storm Sendong which hit the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro and killed more than a thousand people, and the landslide that took place in Barangay Napnapan, Pantukan, Compostela Valley that killed about 40 people.

She added that heavy rains and floods have become a big problem and this is recognized by the villagers.

This also indicates that KALAHI-CIDSS is a unique project where the people are encouraged to participate in choosing what sub-projects to implement in their areas. “Sila gyud mismo ang mangunay sa implementasyon pati ang pagdumala sa pondo (They themselves implement the sub-project and manage the funds),” she added.

The flood control sub-project is very important, said Barangay Poblacion KALAHI-CIDSS volunteer Edison Sisor, because the people in the village have been grappling with floods in the last two years.

“Ang tubig baha karon perte nang taasa mao nga nakadisider mi nga flood control ang among isumite sa MIBF (Floodwater nowadays have gone so high, that is why we really endorsed a flood control sub-project during the MIBF),” Sisor said.

Other projects approved during the MIBF were three health stations, two potable water systems and a food terminal.

The municipality is on its second cycle of implementation and has already received an P18 million KALAHI-CIDSS grant.

KALAHI-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is a community-driven development project of the Philippine Government with DSWD as lead agency. (RGA/DSWD-11/Leslie Lao-Francisco)

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