10 KALAHI projects completed in Juban town
by CL Martinez
Juban, Sorsogon (11 June) -- One of the notable factors that contributes to the success of a project is when beneficiaries themselves unite and readily lend a helping hand in its implementation.
Such was the case of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan: Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-Kapangyarihan at Kaunlaran sa Barangay (KALAHI-CIDSS: KKB) projects here.
"The Juban experience has manifested an exemplary practice for poverty reduction in Bicol having completed the KALAHI-CIDSS projects on time," Regional Director Remia T. Tapispisan of DSWD Bicol averred during the inauguration, blessing and turn-over ceremonies in barangay South Poblacion here.
Tapispisan recounted the overwhelming success in the implementation of 10 KALAHI-CIDSS projects in the said town, all inaugurated last month.
The newly completed projects amounting to some P10.3 million include two-classroom school buildings in barangays Binanuahan, Sablayan, Guruyan and North Poblacion; Day-Care Centers in Calmayon, Caruhayan and South Poblacion; completion of the Barangay Health Station in Sipaya-Calateo; concreting of pathway in Catanusan and improvement of farm-to-market road in Beriran.
The project cost has been sourced out from KALAHI-CIDSS grant, amounting to P7.6 million, while the local counterpart costs some P2.6 million.
Local government counterparts included funds from the municipal and barangay governments, combined with the villagers' participation in terms of manpower, operation and maintenance of the project.
"At last we have now our day care center! Our kids used to attend classes in our barangay hall… Thanks to KALAHI1" exclaimed Sylvia G. Hina, a resident of barangay South Poblacion.
In her message, Tapispisan lauded the efforts of the community and the municipal and barangay officials for achieving such notable feat..
She stressed that the completion of the day care centers will provide a better environment for the children where they can play, work and learn together."
"It really feels good to learn that through the mechanism of KALAHI-CIDSS, we became more confident. The very process of identifying our needs and coming together to realize our dreams epitomized KALAHI-CIDSS," said Punong Barangay Elvira Olondriz of South Poblacion.
Tapispisan, meanwhile, is confident that the people of Juban town will continue to pursue the goals of the KALAHI-CIDSS in reducing poverty, improving governance and empowering local communities. (KCRSMO-DSWD/PIA) [top]