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PIA Press Release
2006/10/23

Asipulo is KALAHI CIDDS best performing municipality

by Vency D. Bulayungan

ASIPULO, Ifugao (23 October) -- The municipal government here will be given an incentive for being the Best Performing Municipality in the implementation of the Kapit –Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) in the province.

Edna Duhan, Provincial KALAHI CIDSS officer said that Asipulo was able to implement well the program which started in 2003. The first to avail of the incentive project, the town will now apply its own version of what has been learned from the program in the past three years.

KALAHI-CIDSS:KKB is a community driven development project which aims to empower communities through their enhanced participation in community projects that reduce poverty. KALAHI is the national government’s framework program for a focused, accelerated, convergent, and expanded strategy to reduce poverty. Its main project is empowerment and the sub-project is the infrastructure component.

Most of the implemented projects under this program were farm to market roads, irrigation, drying pavements, foot bridges, barangay health stations water system, foot paths and a day care center. There were 13 barangays, 2,313 households and 396 individuals who benefited from this program

“All of the projects were identified by the community people and they were the ones who implemented the said projects, too,” Duhan said.

In a simple ceremony, the KALAHI system or process or the learning and knowledge gained by the people were handed over to the local government units here since the program ended this year.

In her speech, Shirley Inso, the acting Municipal Social Welfare Officer here said that the three years stay of the said program in their municipality has been a worthwhile experience. “The outputs were very satisfying and something to be treasured by the people,” Inso said.

She pointed out that coordination with the LGU was very vital in every undertaking. “Volunteers were always there to take some critical positions during the implementation period and the barangay assemblies were always there to do their primary role in decision-making,” she said.

Inso disclosed that some of the strategies adopted to ensure more community participation is the formulation of an ordinance giving more fines to households who are absent during assemblies and the conduct of raffle draws during assemblies.

With the conduct of barangay assemblies, the community residents have learned how to participate and how to sustain it. The project also incorporated capability-building trainings to the volunteers before major activities were made. Among these were e decision making exercises, preparation of project proposals, finance and procurement training, audit and inventory trainings, Operation and maintenance trainings and barangay based advocacy for education team training.

“The said trainings were very helpful as tools in the provision of skills and knowledge for the exercise of their roles and functions as volunteers,” Inso said. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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