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KALAHI-CIDSS brings good roads, services to remote village

by CL Martinez

Legazpi City (20 October) -- What difference do years of KALAHI-CIDSS project implementation make?

For the past six years, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services or KALAHI-CIDSS has proven how collective action brought change for the communities, a shared responsibility for an improved quality of life.

The emergence of KALAHI-CIDSS, championed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in partnership with various government agencies and non-government organizations, has marked a turning point in Pioduran, Albay, setting up initiatives and innovative projects like roads, water system, bridges, school buildings, health stations, post-harvest facilities, irrigation and flood control system.

Roads bringing in development

For years, as if no vehicle could reach barangay Lawinon in Pioduran town, not even a motorcycle or an animal-drawn carriage and villagers needed to hike for hours to reach the nearest barangays and neighboring ones, including Poblacion.

Lawinon is seemingly isolated from the rest of the barangays in the municipality and deprived of the basic social services.

Pioduran Mayor Dante Arandia admitted that KALAHI-CIDSS brought changes in his municipality.

"The local government and people of Pioduran are just so thankful that now that we have a partner in bringing development to thisbarangay. It wasn't easy at first. The people didn't know the procedures in building projects. But KALAHI has provided different trainings for the community," Arandia noted.

Access has been the top priority of the people manifested by their longing to have their roads opened and improved. The people pressed for the roads foremost; "this is what we have been waiting for", said Arnel Timplancia, procurement team volunteer.

"When we have good roads, the rest follows for services to come in," said Timplancia.

Volunteers explained how different barangays united for the same road project, as barangay officials and the project preparation team realized that individual projects would not be implemented well because of possible hauling problems for their materials (with the road's absence). Moreover, the dire need to have roads improved would entail higher costs.

The municipal government meanwhile has funded extensions of road projects that included the Rawis-Mamlag road, also opening access to Lawinon.

Improving the road network in Pioduran town is a major thrust of the local government in bringing development to all its covered villages. By bringing development projects that the people themselves initiated, the local government would continuously be guided on the town's future development goals.

The people of Pioduran now have this inexplicable joy for every vehicle that they could hitch along the new roads in their barangays. Motorcycle or locally known as "habal-habal" now operates in the community. And for people who take their first ride in a vehicle, getting dizzy and throwing-up after a ride is nothing.

For now at least, they could cut trips from days to hours. Little by little, they can now feel progress in their midst sari-sari stores begin to operate, more and more products are transported to and from nearby towns of Pioduran.

Truly, there is a promise for the people who showed cooperation and commitment with the local government units. With new roads to be taken, now all is set for the making of a better community. (KCRSMO-DSWD/PIA) [top]

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