Cawayan exec assures counterpart funding for KALAHI-CIDSS
by CL Martinez
Cawayan, Masbate (24 February) -- Mayor Edgar S. Condor of this town has affirmed his commitment to allot a counterpart funding for the implementation of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Community Integrated Development and Social Service (KALAHI-CIDSS) project here.
In a brief talk with Assistant Regional Director Evelyn M. Lontok of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Bicol, Condor has assured the municipal government will shell out the P8.1 million counterpart for the entire cycle (one year) of the KALAHI-CIDSS regardless of the 2010 election.
"I am positive and excited about this project," Condor said, adding that during the initial negotiation, he did not even think of implementing other special projects but allocated the full counterpart for KALAHI-CIDSS.
In fact, the mayor conducted a municipal assembly to make sure that the 37 barangays are also ready to allocate their counterpart.
"We want everything in place for the smooth implementation of the KALAHI-CIDSS, DSWD has programs and projects proven to help the poor-we have 4Ps or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and now we have KALAHI-CIDSS. We are lucky because the government has not forsaken us," Condor remarked.
Lontok, meanwhile, said that Cawayan town is indeed lucky because it is the only municipality in Bicol chosen for the additional 16 municipalities to implement KALAHI-CIDSS nationwide.
She bared KALAHI will pour P16.6 million grant fund for Cawayan.
Lontok said initially two other municipalities - Dimasalang and Mobo enrolled in KALAHI-CIDSS but has only 59 and 57 percentage of poverty incidence, as compared to Cawayan with 74 per cent poverty incidence.
"We are fast tracking hiring members of the Area Coordinating Team so that we could proceed to the municipal orientation this March. We are also positive that the LGU officials headed by mayor Condor will sustain their support even after the project ends in March 2011," sheadded.
Meanwhile, the KALAHI-CIDSS project in Bicol region has funded a total of 667 community infrastructures and interventions that responded to the people's prioritized problems from 2003-1009 in the amount of P779,668,600.26. Over 160,065 household beneficiaries presently reap benefits from the project.
KALAHI-CIDSS is the largest poverty alleviation portfolio of the World Bank in the Philippines. (KCRSMO-DSWD/PIA) [top]