Naval town begins implementation as KALAHI-CIDSS ends program
By Lanie Pitao-Tupaz
Naval, Biliran (28 April) -- From among the 11 beneficiary-regions all over the country and 32 target municipalities in Region VIII of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), the capital town of Naval, Biliran starts its implementation two years before the program ends.
The project is supposedly for the municipality of Caibiran. They implemented the project in only one cycle but due to financial constraints, the municipality did not finished the entire project, thus it was given to the willing municipality of Naval which comprises of 26 barangays.
The KALAHI-CIDSS project which is due to end in December 2008, gave its last two years in the 26 barangays of the municipality of Naval.
The KALAHI-CIDSS allocates P7.8 million each year with a 30% counterpart from the local government of Naval and the provincial government of Biliran to help reduce the poverty incidence in the municipality, particularly those people who are far from the seat of governance.
As the 8-team KALAHI-CIDSS staff starts implementation of the project in Naval last January, they started to solicit the problems and needs of the people in the barangays and their possible solution to totally eradicate the problem.
As each barangay’s needs were identified, a Municipal Inter-Agency Committee (MIAC) was created to help assess and monitor the barangays.
With the limited funds, barangay officials were required to seat together for prioritization of needs disregarding their personal interest but based on the urgency of needs of the barangays, and based on the municipal development plan.
As per presentation of the 26 barangays, potable water is the most common need though the municipality if abundant in spring water supply. The problem is the funds in providing the water system that will bring this precious commodity in every household that will surely solve other entailing problems due to scarcity of water supply.
Next common problem is the farm-to-market roads that will facilitate the delivery of farm products to the market.
The municipality of Naval and the entire province of Biliran is generally an agricultural zone. Majority of its people relies on farm products for their livelihood. Thus, the absence of an accessible road is an additional manpower and financial burden for the needy farmers.
Upon identification of the priority barangays, the project is scheduled to be implemented in July and to end in December, this year.
Those barangays and projects of lesser urgency will avail of the project in the second cycle, that is in 2008.
The KALAHI-CIDSS is the national government’s poverty reduction program that provides interventions on asset reforms, human development services, capacity building and participation in governance.
It employs the community-driven development approach, giving community groups control over planning decisions and investment of resources for local development projects.
Ed Eubolo Co, KALAHI-CIDSS Area Coordinator in Naval, said that projects implemented under the program are graft-free since even the manpower that is contributed by the barangays are monetized. (PIA Biliran) [top]