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ComVal's Mabini is newest KALAHI town

Davao City (1 September) -- Development in the countryside is reaching new heights. This was after the municipality of Mabini in Compostela Valley was identified for the expansion program of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS).

August 24, 2006 was a turning point for Mabini as KALAHI-CIDSS was launched with the active participation of DSWD regional director Mercedita P. Jabagat, assistant director Dr. Minda B. Brigoli, Mabini mayor Reynaldo Dayanghirang and his municipal officials.

Director Jabagat said the inclusion of Mabini would mean more developmental projects to be implemented in the locality. She said the project aims to uplift the living conditions of the people in Mabini and provide stability in their trade and industry.

She said KALAHI would offer a host of attractions to prospective livelihood resources. Apart from that, the project would develop a large number of skilled labor among the populace and would improve income-generating projects and other livelihood support programs, she added.

To date, KALAHI community sub-projects in 92 villages in Davao Region include road upgrade, potable water system, solar drier, corn mill, slope agricultural technology, tribal housing, health center, class room unit, computer training for Out of School Youth, rural electrification, road river crossing, community library, drainage system and a multi-purpose training center.

KALAHI-CIDSS is a poverty alleviation program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) nationwide. Designed to empower local communities, it adheres to the principles of localized decision-making, transparency, competitiveness, simplicity and sustainability.

KALAHI, project implementers are optimistic Mabini will enjoy the enviable advantage of a fast start-up period of livelihood and economic opportunities due to availability of support services.

The full support of Mabini municipal officials and the vigorous involvement of barangay captains were made apparent during the recent signing of the Memorandum of Agreement and Manifesto of Support to the project. (DSWD/airacablinda-PIA XI) [top]

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