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PIA Press Release
2009/06/23

Feature: KALAHI-CIDSS completes 212 sub-projects worth P225.73M in Northern Mindanao

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Cagayan de Oro City (23 June) -- A total of Php255.73 million have been spent to complete 212 sub-projects under the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan - Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) in region 10.

Of this amount, Php170.55 million was sourced out from the KALAHI grant while Php85.18 million was taken from the local counterpart contributions (LCC) of the three (3) provinces covered by the program in the region.

These provinces and the amount of their KALAHI-CIDSS projects were as follows: Lanao del Norte, Php176.10 million for 135 sub-projects, Misamis Occidental, Php70.43 million for 67 sub-projects and Camiguin, Php9.20 million for 10 sub-projects.

The LCC put up by these provinces also amounted to Php59.36 million for Lanao del Norte, Php22.9 million for Mis. Occ. and Php2.90 million for Camiguin, Assistant Regional Director Aldersey Mumar-Dela Cruz of the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), region 10, said.

A project of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the KALAHI-CIDSS projects, which started in 2003 and ended last March in the region, had contributed to the national effort of alleviating poverty by addressing the identified minimum basic needs of the communities, Dela Cruz said.

Targets of the KALAHI-CIDSS were the poorest barangays, which were given access to and control of key development decisions and resources through community mobilization techniques that ensures transparency, accountability and community participation in the barangay and municipal government structures.

"In fact, funds for the projects were downloaded direct to the beneficiary barangays whose officials handled the financial transactions, themselves, without passing through the DSWD," Dela Cruz stressed.

Meanwhile, the KALAHI-CIDSS areas in the region included the towns of Bacolod, Salvador, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Munai and Poona Piagapo in Lanao del Norte, the towns of Lopez-Jaena, Concepcion and Don Victoriano in Mis. Occidental and the town of Guinsiliban in Camiguin.

Topping the list of these sub-projects were road rehabilitation and improvement and construction of water systems, school buildings, barangay health stations and day care centers.

Also included were the construction of flood control dikes, seawalls, drainage systems, barangay public markets, spillways, foot bridges, solar driers, concrete foot trails, irrigation canals and corn mill, as well, as the conduct of sustainable agriculture training of the barangay residents, Dela Cruz added. (PIA 10) [top]

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