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Mayor's support to KALAHI-CIDSS spells difference

by Leslie Lao-Francisco

Gov. Generoso, Davao Oriental (31 March) -- He was supposed to attend to some important events, but Mayor Vicente D. Orencia decided to spend his day in the 2nd barangay assembly at the barangay hall of Nangan, Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental.

The mayor has become among the most supportive local government executives in the region where the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) has been implemented.

To Mayor Orencia, the program is also the best in terms of poverty alleviation and is a catalyst in fueling growth in his municipality. According to Orencia, "the efforts of the Kalahi-CIDSS staff should mirror that of the MLGU to ensure that our efforts in alleviating the lives of our constituents will be sustained."

He has become an advocate of the program because he has seen its importance to improving the condition of the 9,800 households within the municipality. Governor Generoso, which has a population of about 47,000, is among the poorest municipalities in Davao Region even when natural resources abound. This is because, while there are big fish traders operating in the town, they market their fish to other areas, bringing with them the profit that they make out of the fishing industry in the municipality.

Orencia believes that the implementation of the program will at least make a dent on the struggle of the people in the municipality to free themselves from the bondage of poverty.

He was pragmatic because the program strengthens the participation of the communities in governance and helps them develop their capacity in implementing and managing development activities.

The mayor is also excited on the implementation of the program because the community is allowed to participate in the process from problem identification to monitoring and evaluation stages.

All-out support

Orencia's optimism on the success of the program, which he has translated to doing everything for the benefit of his constituents, has been recognized not only by people around him but also by the people who are on the field implementing the program.

Varnell Dagansan, KALAHI-CIDSS area coordinator, attested to the mayor's support to the program.

Dagasan said: "Ganahan si Mayor sa programa tungod sa iyang nakita ang kanindot sa prosesong gigamit para mapalambo ang komunidad. Andam siya nga nidawat sa mga input ug teknolohiya para mapalalom ang pagpasabot sa mga katawhan. (The mayor likes KALAHI-CIDSS because he has seen the beauty of the process used in developing the community. He was also excited to accept the inputs and technologies to make the people understand the program better)."

He said the mayor has also been "hands-on" in the implementation of the program as "he has attended almost all of the project's barangay activities."

To encourage his constituents to attend the assemblies, Orencia sent them vehicles to transport them from their barangays to where the meetings are held.

Bound for success

Because of the support of the mayor, the area coordinating team believes this has strengthened their position of pushing for the success of the program. His help, as well as that of the entire municipal government, has made it easier for the implementers to convey the message that everyone must contribute to its success.

Annie Rosalinda, KALAHI-CIDSS regional coordinator, is confident of the success of the program as she emphasized the importance of the unity of the community "in thought and in action."

Rosalinda said the unity sets the overall direction of the program in the municipality as shown by how the municipal mayor, municipal government officials and barangay leaders lent their hands for its initial success.

And because of the enthusiasm the mayor has committed, people of the municipality have also shown that they are very supportive of his endeavor.

For instance, during the pilot participatory situational analysis and 2nd barangay assembly held in barangay Nangan on March 23, barangay representatives eagerly participated in the discussion particularly on how they could contribute to its successful implementation.

The three-day event was carried out to identify priority concerns that can be addressed by the program. Response to this process was rewarding as majority of the 35 participants revealed satisfaction with the activities and outcomes. (DSWD) [top]

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