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LGUs keep KALAHI-CIDDS spirit alive

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (27 October) -- Even with the impending end of KALAHI-CIDDS, a banner poverty reduction program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, local government units which benefited from the program intended to embrace the program's principle and strategies that resulted positive impacts in the community.

Talaingod, Davao del Norte vice mayor Alex Sibogan said that his community has seen the effectiveness of the strategies followed in the KALAHI-CIDDS program, thus, the local government opted to continue those in their local projects.

"Just like what we learned from KALAHI, we organized the community and empowered them such that they would feel that they own the project and not just the government," he said.

Sibogan narrated that most local officials failed to consult the community and asked them which project is greatly needed by them. Instead, these officials came up with their own projects only to realize later that it was not actually the priority need of the community.

The official from Talaingod admitted that the KALAHI-CIDDS would not be around to assist them all the time. Thus, it is then the responsibility of the local government to keep the strategies learned from the program and use those as they go about with their own projects.

"We still follow the 16 steps which served as the 16 powerful steps used in the KALAHI program. We find these steps very effective," he added.

The KALAHI program was implemented in six municipalities of three provinces in Region XI namely; Sto. Tomas, Talaingod, Tarragona, Manay, Laak, and Mabini. A total of 190 sub-projects were implemented in all KALAHI areas.

Common projects implemented in those areas include potable water system, rural irrigation, rural electrification, day care center, health station, bridge, post-harvest facility, etc.

Presently, the national government has already released a total of P134.5 million grant to KALAHI beneficiaries. (PIA XI) [top]

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