Feature: KALAHI-CIDSS, flagship project
By Rose B. Palacio
Davao City (22 December) -- The pro-poor program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will go on as one of flagship projects of her Administration, said Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dr. Esperanza I. Cabral.
Dubbed as the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), the program aims to empower communities, improve local governance, and provide economic opportunities for the poor. It employs a community-driven development approach that allows the residents of target communities to participate in local governance, said Department of Social Services and Development (DSWD) XI Director Merceditas Jabagat.
The project targets the bottom 25 percent of municipalities of the 42 poorest provinces in the country. KALAHI-CIDSS now operates in 2,367 barangays in 13 regions. It is funded by a World Bank Loan, with counterpart funds from the Philippine government and LGUs.
About 1,531 community sub-projects in 1,625 barangays nationwide are in various stages of implementation. Of this, 834 sub-projects sub-projects have already been competed, including 227 farm-to-market roads, 227 potable water systems, 86 health facilities, 60 school buildings and 172 other projects across the country that include among others, post-harvest facilities and solar driers, day care centers, wharves, and productivity centers.
A total of P1.8 billion has been provided to support these projects of which P1.6 billion are KC grants and P625 million are local counterpart contributions generated by local municipalities, barangays and communities.
Apart from internal agency monitoring, the DSWD has engaged NGOs and the media in undertaking the external monitoring of the project.
Common findings affirmed the effectiveness of KALAHI-CIDSS processes as a strategy for people empowerment, enhancing local governance and reducing poverty in the target communities. (PIA XI/DSWD) [top]