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PIA Press Release
2010/01/07

KALAHI-CIDSS covers more than 1M households

Davao City (7 January) -- Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) has touched a total of 1,147,723 households in 5,543 barangays nationwide.

The 2009 national performance report of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said KALAHI-CIDSS has rolled out a total of 5,326 community projects amounting to P5.785 billion since it started in 2003.

KALAHI-CIDSS is one of the flagship poverty alleviation projects of the government that supports a community-driven development approach, aiming to reduce poverty.

The community projects are Basic Social Services such as classrooms, day care centers, water systems and rural health centers; Basic Access Infrastructure, such as farm-to-market roads, pathwalks, hanging bridges, and spillways; and Common Service Facilities, such as rice and corn mills, solar driers, and rice threshers.

KALAHI-CIDSS is also into environmental protection projects such as riprapping and slope protection, embankments, and line canals; as well as skills training and capability building in skills training centers.

DSWD claims that KALAHI-CIDSS "has empowered poor communities by entrusting them with the responsibility to take charge of the implementation of their projects and has improved local governance through people participation and transparency."

DSWD has yet to conduct an official survey to measure the impact of KALAHI-CIDSS on its beneficiaries but initially it has found out that KALAHI-CIDSS has increased the income of poor barangay residents through employment in project construction work with an estimated total income benefit of P917 million.

"This is equivalent to P1,200 for every man or woman barangay resident employed in KALAHI-CIDSS small construction activities," DSWD report says.

Other visible impact seen attributable to KALAHI-CIDSS includes improvement in the housing structure of beneficiaries, access to electricity, and ownership of television sets.

Barangay residents were also found to have become "more active in local decision-making and implementation of projects to address their needs."

Meanwhile, KALAHI-CIDSS is seen to live on with more development assistance agencies pledging to provide and to continue giving assistance.

DSWD revealed in its report that the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)'s pledged to allot funding for the expansion of KALAHI-CIDSS.

MCC is a United States corporation established in 2004 aiming to reduce global poverty through the promotion of sustainable economic growth in poorest countries in the world.

According to the DSWD, after MCC Country Director Troy Wray's recent visit to the Philippines to take a look at the progress of the project, he agreed to increase the proposed MCC contribution to KALAHI-CIDSS to $120 million.

Aside from the World Bank, KALAHI-CIDSS also continues to get support from PODER Y Prosperidad dela Communidad Project (PODER) which has adopted the community-driven development (CDD) processes and principles of KALAHI-CIDSS framework and strategies.

With funding assistance from Agencia Espanola dela Cooperacion Internacional Para el Desorollo of Spain, PODER covers 162 barangays, 9 municipalities and 5 provinces in Regions III, V, and Caraga.

DSWD reported that PODER has funded 275 projects worth P288 million benefiting more than 76,000 households since it started its funding support about three years since KALAHI-CIDSS took off in 2003.

PODER supported projects include 66 water systems, 42 day care centers; 40 school buildings/learning centers; 61 drainage and flood control systems; 21 health stations; 13 roads; 16 bridges; four irrigation systems; five post harvest facilities; and, seven livelihood activities/productivity centers.

In 2009, 59 projects worth P80 million were completed benefiting 21,530 households in 61 barangays. (PIA XI/JMDA/DSWD) [top]

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