Feature: KALAHI-CIDSS Makamasang Tugon Project, making a difference
by Lorry V. Gabule
Lanao Del Norte (19 June) -- Salvador Mayor Raida L. Tawantawan expressed how the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Service (KALAHI-CIDSS) transformed some 18 villages in the municipality through the implementation of the Makamasang Tugon (MT) Project.
"We are glad to have this project being implemented to the villagers, with a grant of Php12.5 million, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) KALAHI-CIDSS MT," said Tawantawan.
She added, "What differs most is that the project invests heavily on people, not just on projects. People become more proactive, empowered and resourceful members of the community who are able to determine their own paths of development and raise themselves from poverty."
Further, the mayor said "The KALAHI-CIDSS MT's built-in transparency mechanisms have nearly attained, for the project, a'nil' record in graft and corruption. Through a complaints and grievance system, issues pertaining to the project are addressed expeditiously."
The chief executive recognized the project as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's flagship for poverty alleviation.
The municipality availed of the project since January 2009 and completed the 18 sub-projects in May, this year.
To date, projects completed and to be inaugurated includes: (1) villages of Panaliwad-on with their water system-level 1 using 7-unit hand pumps; (2) Mapantao with 286 meters road improvement; (3) Poblacion with water system level 1 using 7-unit hand pumps; Kilala with 273 meters road concreting; (4) Pagalongan with a 48 square meter Day Care Center; (5) Pagayawan having solar drier with warehouse; (6) Bulacon with 153 meters road improvement; (7) Patidon with 276 meters road improvement; (8) Pansur with 370 meters road improvement; (9) Mabatao having acquired portable corn sheller with warehouse; (10) Mindalano with 1.6 kilometers road improvement; (11) Daligdigan with 300 meters road improvement; (12) Sudlon with 200 meters road improvement; and, (13) Padianan having road improvement.
The mayor said that of the 25 barangays / villages, they are able to improve the status of the 18 villagers, harness their skills and potentials to undertake development.
"I owe the success of these projects to my constituents who are now experiencing convenience and satisfaction through their effort and the love of work, as volunteers," expressed Mayor Tawantawan. (PIA-Lanao del Norte) [top]