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DSWD bares PGMA's KALAHI-CIDSS gains in Region 8 bared

Tacloban City (February 2) -- The inspiring gains in Region 8 of KALAHI CIDSS, the flagship poverty alleviation project of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo were disclosed by Project Manager Celeste Madlos during the recent Harampang Ha PIA media interaction recently.

The initial gains in Empowerment include enhanced roles among the beneficiaries, as productive and responsible members of the community; increased participation in barangay assemblies; more expressed civic mindedness among the beneficiaries and willingness to engage in community activities.

The initial gain in improving local governance could be glimpsed through more responsive barangay local government units in allocating their meager resources; increased number of Barangay Assemblied conducted; more responsible resource mobilization; increased technical assistance from the municipal local government units to KALAHI CIDSS activities. KALAHI CIDSS has shaken traditional perceptions and practices or ways of doing things.

With regards to the initial gains in Poverty Reduction, the gauge include health benefits due to access to safe and potable water, increased productivity because of access to irrigation projects, salaries paid to temporary employment of laborers during the implementation of special projects which reached P59 million.

About 40% of the total loan entitlement of the country for the Kalahi CIDSS program, has been allocated for Region 8. This means about P700 Million, P251 M has yet to be distributed, Ms. Madlos said.

This project of President Arroyo is not dole-out but more on empowering the poor communities to manage their own resources and to solve their current problems. The local government units provide counterparts to the project funding and most of the time the citizens themselves are too willing to contribute.

One Kalahi municipality in Samar, particularly Pinabacdao, has been granted incentive programs called the Social Inclusion program.

Meanwhile, two KALAHI local government partners, Balangiga and Maslog were given incentive funds under the Makamasang Tugon. (PIA 8) [top]

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