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PIA Press Release
2009/06/30

DSWD Bicol embraces "KALAHI" Iza Calzado

by CL Martinez

Legazpi City (30 June) -- Officials and employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol Field Office here felt profoundly grateful to former Q-TV At Your Service host Iza Calzado for acceding to be the official endorser and spokesperson of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-Kapangyarihan at Kaunlaran sa Barangay or KALAHI-CIDSS: KKB.

Calzado, who is a half-Bicolana and already included Breast Cancer Awareness and Gawad Kalinga as her advocacies, said she is pleased to be part of the project.

Remia Tapispisan, DSWD Bicol director, has expressed support to Calzado in her advocacy to fight poverty in the country.

"This is a very good example of successful partnership. We are very proud that Calzado was chosen as the spokesperson for KALAHI-CIDSS because she has a heart for the Bicolanos. Her late mother is a Bicolana," she said.

"We are all united in this endeavor because we want to continue to make progress in achieving the overall development objective of the KALAHI-CIDSS: KKB," she added.

With the KALAHI-CIDSS: KKB, Calzado crusades for the empowerment of the poor from all walks of life - women, children and men alike.

According to her, she was impressed with the project methodology of teaching the poor to be responsible because she herself learned to stand on her own by taking on responsibilities.

The project empowers the poor to make decisions among themselves and identify the problems in their community.

KALAHI-CIDSS provides grant for the needs of communities that range from water systems, Day Care centers and school buildings, etc.

"By becoming the celebrity spokesperson of project, I am hoping to become a source of inspiration," she said.

Meanwhile, at least 491 community sub-projects or 81 per cent of the total project under the KALAHI-CIDSS were already completed in the Bicol region.

Community projects implemented included roads, water system, school buildings, irrigation system and health stations, with total project cost amounting to P565-M.

KALAHI-CIDSS is a poverty alleviation project implemented by the DSWD and funded by the World Bank. The Project covers 184 of the poorest municipalities in 12 regions nationwide.

In Bicol, the areas covered are the municipalities of Pilar and Juban in Sorsogon; Sta. Elena and Del Gallego in Camarines Norte; Presentacion, Siruma, Sangay, Minalabac, Balatan and Pasacao in Camarines Sur and Bagamanoc in Catanduanes. (DSWD v/PIA) [top]

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