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KALAHI-CIDDS volunteers seek donors for pro-poor projects

BAGUIO CITY (7 September) -- The youthful Natonin mayor led Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDDS) volunteers in presenting their priority project proposals for possible funding and technical assistance during the Donor's Forum last week.

The KALAHI-CIDDS is the largest anti-poverty program of government at present. Partly funded by the World Bank with counterparts from the local government units, it is a community driven development in which the people are developed as initiators and resources for social transformation.

Among the priority projects presented are the farm to market roads in Manayday, San Isidro Abra and Taga, Pinukpuk, Kalinga; waterworks in barangay Buneg, Lacub, Abra and Gaang, Tanudan, Kalinga; cable footbridge in Dacalan, also in Tanudan; irrigation, citrus production and construction of classrooms for Grade 5 and 6 in barangays Alunogan, Banao and Butac respectively, all in Natonin, Mt. Province.

Natonin Mayor Ana Marie Bana-ag, in seeking for support for the projects said the LGUs particularly the barangays can not or can hardly put up their financial counterparts but the identified projects are very important for faster delivery of basic services and for the community people to be more productive.

The presentors professed that given the present situations in their barangays, the residents including school children have to hike to reach the community or school, can hardly transport their products, have very limited income generating activities and have poor access to safe water as they appealed for donors for the realization of these priority projects to lessen their hardships.

DSWD Regional Director Porfiria Bernardez shared that among those helping with pro-poor projects in the KALAHI CIDDs coverage are the governments of Japan and New Zealand.

Now on its midterm of implementation, KALAHI CIDSS in the Cordillera covers 143 barangays in 14 municipalities in four poor provinces namely Mt. Province, Abra, Kalinga and Ifugao. This is spread over four phases from 2003 to present.

Phase 1 covered Hingyon, Ifugao while the coverage of Phase 2 are Asipulo and Tinoc, both in Ifugao and Sadanga, Mt. Province. Phase 3a covers Tanudan, Kalinga and Tineg, Phase 3b is Natonin and Paracelis, Mt Province while Phase 4 coverage are Danglas, Lacub, Lagayan, San Isidro and San Quintin in Abra and Pinukpuk, Kalinga.

Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) Assistant Regional Director Alice Anacio, the KC Regional Program Manager reported that as of July 31, 2007, there are 125 top prioritized sub projects with a total project cost of P111,39,645.74, which are completed and ongoing. Of the total cost, P67,219,422.43 came from the KALAHI fund while the P44,171,223.31 is local counterpart.

Topping the list of priority sub projects are roads with 50, water system with 21, irrigation, 16 and bridges, 6. Others include school, day care center, common service facilities, foothpath, health station, multi purpose, post harvest, drainage, electrification and flood control.

With the KALAHI CIDDS projects, Anacio reported there is faster delivery of basic services, easier transport of goods, expanded income generating activities and improved health and sanitation. Children, too, are clean and can go to school on time.

As the program also adopts a strategy in which the LGUs play very crucial roles and responsibilities, the KALAHI CIDDS has improved local governance as there is now better partnership between the community and the barangay officials. With LGU consulting them, the community is now part of the decision-making and they know where public funds are spent. The bayanihan spirit is also strengthened.

The forum also provided a venue for dialogue between and among community beneficiaries, LGU partners and project stakeholders.

During the forum, Luke Asbucan requested in behalf of Tanudan mayor that the LGU be given until December 2007 to solve the problems besetting the project. Tanudan has 16 subprojects with only 6 completed and Phase 3 is scheduled to terminate by the end of the year.

Bernardez enjoined all to continue putting on the fight against poverty and in fostering change through the KALAHI CIDSS.

Alleviating poverty is the overarching goal of the present administration.

Some of the agencies present promised to extend support mostly thru technical assistance. (PIA) [top]

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