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The Franciscan Youths (YOUFRA) of Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor: Feeling triumphant after giving their share to the community. Tree planting and clean up activities are one of the regular activities of these youth to help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change following their weekly formation at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor. (pia-siquijor/Rizalie Anding Calibo)
Central Visayas Region

PIA Press Release
Friday, January 27, 2012


By Jennifer C. Tilos

DUMAGUETE CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- Eleven municipalities in Negros Oriental will be included in the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-7).

These municipalities have a poverty incidence of at least 33 percent.

These towns are Ayungon, Bindoy, Jimalalud, Mabinay, Manjuyod, Vallehermoso, Basay, Pamplona, Dauin, Sta. Catalina, and Zamboanguita, according to DSWD-7 information officer Aileen Lariba.

The KALAHI-CIDSS, Lariba explained, is a community-driven development program that aims to empower communities by providing livelihood projects to poor families.

The project has been recognized by the World Bank as one of the top five anti-poverty programs of government in Bohol and in Siquijor.

"Finally this year, it will be introduced in Negros Oriental," said Lariba.

The KALAHI-CIDSS project begins with people identifying their needs as a community. They participate in the project development, planning and in the implementation of the project.

DSWD-7 regional director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre has announced that “in Central Visayas alone, KALAHI-CIDSS has covered 349 barangays in 14 municipalities in the provinces of Bohol and Siquijor.”

Macapobre added that “it has served approximately 80,000 households through 454 sub-projects amounting to about P350 million” in its first implementation in those provinces. (mbcn/jct/PIA-NegOr)

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