By shifting to the Disaster Response Operations Procedure (DROP) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) has allocated P298.1 million fund for COVID-19 response.

The construction of an isolation center in the municipality of Borbon, Cebu.

The DROP is a procedure of Kalahi-CIDSS used in responding to the effect of disasters and pandemic, in this case, novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). On March 7, 2020, the Philippines declared the first local transmission, and the entire country was under code red sublevel 1.

In line with this, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS shifted its project from the regular Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) mode to DROP, which responds to the basic needs of the implementing municipalities on COVID-19.

The Kalahi-CIDSS aims to provide funds for the 731 sub-projects identified by the 27 KC municipalities in Central Visayas as their priority needs in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.  Some of these sub-projects to be funded by Kalahi-CIDSS include isolation centers, purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), purchase of telecommunication equipment, and implementation of the cash for work scheme.

Kalahi-CIDSS Central Visayas is looking forward to another round of additional funding for 2021-2023 as it continues to promote Community-Driven Development (CDD) in its target municipalities. ###

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