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Two more towns in Region 9 identified as KALAHI recipients

Zamboanga City (23 February) -- Aimed at improving the lives of people in the poor and far flung communities of the region, an additional two (2) more municipalities were identified as recipients of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan ? Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) program of the government.

KALAHI-CIDSS Program Officer Dominic Sanchez said the municipalities of Leon B. Postigo and Mutia in Zamboanga del Norte were recently identified to be assisted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the year 2010.

"The project that started in 2003 has positively change the vision of the beneficiaries and were able to appreciate the programs of the government", Sanchez said.

He claimed the project six years from its implementation, has made tremendous transformation of the community wherein the people dictated and suggested the primary needs of their families which the provision of a safe and sustainable water system.

Most of the communities comprising the 17 municipality recipients of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay requested for the construction of a water system.

A total of 56 water system projects were implemented in Zamboanga Sibugay, 54 in Zamboanga del Sur and 28 in Zamboanga del Norte for a total of 138 projects. This is followed by road with a total of 94 projects and school buildings with a total of 59 projects, Sanchez said.

Other projects include Health Stations, Day Care Centers, Post Harvest Facilities, Multi-Purpose Buildings, Bridges, Common Service Facilities, Electric Energy, Drainage/Canals and the like.

Meanwhile, the "Makamasang Tugon" or MT which is a major offshoot the KALAHI-CIDSS projects has made engagement to the four (4) good performing phased-out Local Government Units, (LGUs) that include Siayan, Kalawit and Gutalac in Zamboanga del Norte and Lapuyan in Zamboanga del Sur, Sanchez said.

MT seeks to harmonize the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach in the Kalahi-Cidss areas to the LGUs planning processes which aims to enhance meaningful community participation, transparency, accountability and capability in local governance. It also provides the people and the LGU a working system to sustain th egains and lessons learned from the implementation Of KALAHI-CIDSS, he added. (FNM/PIA-Zamboanga) [top]

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