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DSWD’s Poverty Alleviation Program Inspires Environmental Protection

“Sigeg kakankan ang kilid sa among suba. Busa nananom mi sa kilid aron di na ni mugrabe. Nakatabang ni sa pagpreserve sa footbridge nga gihatag sa KALAHI CIDSS. (The riverbanks keep eroding. Thus, we planted trees on the sides to prevent it from getting worse. This helped preserve the footbridge that KALAHI CIDSS gave us,” sixteen-year-old George Villega says as he stands on the banks of Inolocan River in Pamplona, Negros Oriental.

George is a member of the Environmental Movement for Earth—a group that the youth in Brgy. Simborio have formed. The group’s members range from a nine-year-old to a 24-year-old youth. While a number of members are out-of-school, some are also active in school.

They first planted Mahogany trees before. After a big flood swept the little saplings away, they planted again last March 2014. This time, they had bamboo as these are known to help prevent soil erosion in riverbanks and riparian zones.

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George Villega, a member of the Environmental Movement for Earth in Pamplona, Negros Oriental, stands with the bamboos they’ve planted to prevent erosion at the banks of the Inolocan River. George, together with other youth volunteers in their barangay, help care for their footbridge which was their community’s project under the KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services—National Community-Driven Development Program of DSWD.

“Kung mudako na ang tubig sa suba, maglisud mi og labang. Kuyaw kaayo kay kusog kaayo ang sulog (When the river water rises, we have difficulty crossing. It is very dangerous because the current is very strong),” George adds.

The 100-meter linear cable footbridge, which was completed this year, is worth P4,003,733.00. It is one of the prioritized projects of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services—National Community-Driven Development Program. This is one of the three core poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

As part of the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC), the community volunteers undergo a brief orientation on the Thematic Environment Management System (TEMS) to build up community resiliency toward mitigating the effects of climate change and contributing to biodiversity protection. This was very fit for the community in Barangay Simborio since monsoon rains are known to cause flash floods there.


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New Poverty Alleviation Program Takes Roots in Central Visayas

A report on the introduction of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP in Region VII


The month of September saw the official start of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan—Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – Community Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP) in Central Visayas. This is one of the three core poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It aims to empower people by helping them achieve the needs in their community.

The program is a scale-up of the Community-Driven Development (CDD) strategy which was used and proven effective by the Kalahi-CIDSS in its past 11 years of implementation.

Central Visayas officially launched KC-NCDDP on September 17, 2014. The event, which was attended by representatives from the four provinces in Central Visayas, started with a motorcade around key streets in Cebu City. A group signing of the memorandum of agreements between KC-NCDDP partner municipalities and DSWD and the signing of the commitment of support followed at Bayfront Hotel at the North Reclamation Area. Various local chief executives, Civil Society Organziations and representatives from the 19 implementing National Government Agency partners participated in the activity.

KC-NCDDP starts as the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi CIDSS) goes on with its third and last cycle of implementation with the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) funding.

The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) also comes in during this period. They are covering 5 out of the 10 MCC-covered areas. These are the municipalities of Pamplona, Manjuyod, Mabinay, Vallerhermoso and Jimalalud in the province of Negros Oriental.

With the end of the third quarter, the count of Kalahi municipalities in Region VII rose from 10 municipalities in Negros Oriental to 72 new areas spread across Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor. This makes Region VII one of the 4 regions in the Philippines with the most number of target municipalities.

Six out of 10 Kalahi CIDSS-MCC areas are included in the present KC-NCDDP municipalities.

By the start of the fourth quarter, the training for the Area Coordinating Teams (ACTs) in all the four provinces was already done. The trainings, which were simultaneously conducted in Cebu and Bohol, started on September 9 and ended on October 10, 2014.

The areas are classified under three categories: 377 poor and Yolanda-affected municipalities, 177 non-poor but Yolanda-affected municipalities and 293 poor but non-Yolanda-affected municipalities.

The Yolanda-affected areas under the 377 and 177 municipalities are prioritized this year.

The areas under the 177 category are the municipalities of Balamban, Consolacion, Liloan, Naga, Medellin, Carmen, Compostela and Cordova in Cebu province; Tubigon, Ubay, Carmen, Loon, Calape, Jagna, Trinidad, and Maribojoc in Bohol province; and Valencia, Sibulan, Basay, Dauin and Amlan in Negros Oriental province.

Meanwhile, the areas under the 377 category are the municipalities of Asturias, Bantayan, Daanbantayan, Dumanjug, San Francisco, San Remegio, Sibonga, Tabogon, Tuburan, Alcoy, Borbon, Catmon, Ginatilan, Madridejos, Pilar, Poro, Santa Fe, Santander, Sogo, Tabuelan and Tudela in Cebu province; Guindulman, Alicia, Anda, Antequera, Bilar, Buenavista, Candijay, Catigbian, Clarin, Inabanga, Lila, Loay, Loboc, Mabini, Pilar, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, Sagbayan, San Isidro, San Miguel, Sevilla, Balilihan and Valencia in Bohol province; Jimalalud, San Jose, Ayungon, Bindoy, La Libertad, Mabinay, Manjuyod, Pamplona, Tayasan and Vallehermoso in Negros Oriental province; and Lazi in Siquijor province.

After training, the ACTs were immediately deployed to their assigned municipalities. They then started with municipal orientations, consultative meetings and barangay assemblies.

It is advised, however, that there is a need for constant refresher trainings and technical assistance not just from the RPMO but also from the Sub-Regional Project Management Office (SRPMO) to the ACTs.

The earlier batches are now in the community planning and proposal preparation and approval stage of the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) while others are still in the social preparation and community consultation stage.

It is essential that all the proposals are completed on time and the funds are downloaded to the communities as the region has a target of almost P1 billion by December 2014.

To guarantee that the region would reach its target downloading and obligated amounts by December 2014, members of the RPMO and Sub-RPMO should constantly be in the field monitoring and giving assistance to the ACTs. The Monitoring & Evaluation team is hopeful that with constant communication among the various units and the ACTs, the targets will all be met by the end of the year.


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Municipalities in Cebu attend enrolment forum for poverty reduction program

Cebu City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the Provincial Local Government Unit of Cebu recently heed an enrolment forum to discuss the requirements and procedures in joining the National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP) implementation in 2014.

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is a national poverty reduction program utilizing the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach which empowers barangay residents to identify problems and needs of their communities and propose solutions in partnerships with their local government units.

OIC-Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Attorney Mark C. Tolentino explained that Governor Davide believes in development being actively participated by the grassroots communities. “We are actually very excited to know more about KC-NCDDP and how it could better the service delivery and local governance of our local government units,” Tolentino said.

In the CDD program, communities can propose small-scale infrastructure projects ranging from water systems, school buildings, day care centers and health stations, training and post-harvest facilities to community access roads and bridges which they have identified is a priority project that needed to be implemented in their locality.

DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Nemia Antipala discussed how the CDD strategy is used by developing countries as a significant factor in making governments more reponsive in their services and programs. “CDD strategy is considered a model in poverty alleviation not just in our country but also in the whole world. This is precisely why a lot of international funding agencies are pouring in their money just to implement the program,” Antipala said.

Over 1.2 million households residing in 555 barangays in the towns of Alcoy, Asturias, Balamban, Bantayan, Borbon, Carmen, Catmon, Compostela, Consolacion, Cordova, Daan Bantayan, Dumanjug, Ginatilan, Liloan, Madridejos, Medellin, Pilar, Poro, San Francisco, San Remegio, Santander, Sibonga, Sogod, Sta. Fe, Tabogon, Tabuelan, Tuburan and Tudela will begin their implementation this year.

Together with the Province of Cebu, the said municipalities are now in the process of completing their requirements and finalizing institutional arrangements with the DSWD regional office. The provinces of Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor will also have their own enrolment forum in the next few weeks. ### (Social Marketing Unit)

Photo caption:
DSWD Regional Director for Operations Nemia Antipala addressing the mayors and municipal representatives during the LGU enrolment forum at Cityscape Hotel in Cebu City


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US Funding Agency visits communities in Negros Oriental

Jimalalud, Negros Oriental – A team from the Millennium Challenge Account –Philippines (MCA-P) recently conducted a supervision visit in the communities of Banog and Apanangon in this town. The purpose of the visit was to gather issues and difficulties encountered in the project implementation activities in the field and provide solutions to address these concerns.

MCA-P is the organization that handles the funds from the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a funding agency that supports the implementation of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Kalahi-CIDSS, which is a poverty reduction program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), has been recently scaled-up into a national program now called the National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP).

Headed by MCA-P Director Andy Moll, the group first visited Barangay Banog which has an on-going farm-to-market road community project. The group got interested to visit Banog because of the unique location of its project. “Technically, the community project is located outside the geographical jurisdiction of the Barangay Banog and is already part of the adjacent Barangay Malabago,” Area Coordinator Abner Dela Cruz explained. “The reason why the community decided on this because Malabago serves as the entrance leading to their barangay and to other hinterland communities,” Dela Cruz added.

Director Moll sat down with the community volunteers and barangay local chief executives of Banog and commended them. “This is a concrete example of inclusive development and how communities help each other by pooling their resources. We can proudly report this story to MCC and to the taxpayers of the United States where the grant money comes from,” Moll said.

As part of the operation and maintenance, Barangay Malabago will annually allocate a portion of its Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for the maintenance, rehabilitation and possible extension of the road project.

The following day, the MCA-P team proceeded to Sitio Irene in Barangay Apanangon, the farthest barangay from the town proper of Jimalalud.

During the focus group discussion, the community volunteers told Mr. Moll’s group that they rarely see visitors because of their community’s remote location. “We are very happy that we have visitors and we are also thankful that we are given the opportunity to have projects we ourselves have identified,” Community Volunteer Ginalyn Gonzaga Pacunla said.

The community proposed the construction of a 3,500 meter concrete pathway which will help deliver their farm goods to the barangay proper. When completed, the community project is said to be the longest pathway project funded by MCC in the country.

Aside from the town of Jimalalud in Negros Oriental, MCA-P covers 159 other high poverty incidence rate municipalities in various provinces in the Philippines. Together with DSWD, MCA-P monitors the implementation activities of the program. ### (Social Marketing Unit)

Photo caption:
“MCA-P Director Andy Moll (2nd row, 5th from left in yellow), together with DSWD national and regional staff, poses with the community volunteers and municipal and barangay local chief executives in Barangay Apanangon in Jimalalud, Negros Oriental”


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Launching of national poverty reduction program to benefit 3.5 million households in CV

The Philippine government has now officially launched today the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP) that will empower communities in over 800 municipalities nationwide to participate in the planning, budgeting and implementation of community-level projects that help reduce poverty.

Implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the program will use the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach which empowers poor communities to organize themselves, analyse their own situation, prepare project proposals to address their common problems, and compete for block grants to finance their own projects in partnerships with their local government units. These projects may include small-scale infrastructures such as water systems, school buildings, day care centres and health stations as well as community access roads and bridges.

Community members will also be responsible for implementation and maintenance of these projects. “By giving citizens the opportunity to come together and decide among themselves on how to address their poverty situation and providing them with the technical and financial support to do so, we are ensuring that their needs are addressed effectively. When we create an environment wherein residents of the poorest communities are involved in the development process, we are ensuring that no one is left behind,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

Funding for this project will come from the national government with P9.3 billion and financial support from the World Bank ($479 million) and the Asian Development Bank ($372.1 million).

“Last week, we announced the new World Bank Group Partnership Strategy for the Philippines anchored on supporting the Philippines’ efforts to end poverty and promote shared prosperity. KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is an integral part of this strategy,” said World Bank Acting Country Director Chiyo Kanda. “There is also another good reason why we are all supporting this project. It will prioritize municipalities affected by the disaster which devastated Central Philippines. The use of CDD approaches in post-disaster situations has shown to be effective in accelerating community reconstruction and efficiently putting money for priority needs of communities around the world,” Dir. Kanda said.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), on the other hand, is a new partner of DSWD in CDD implementation. ADB has committed to provide technical assistance to DSWD in addressing the capacity development needs of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP as well as in enhancing provincial local government engagement processes.

“We believe that KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP will boost the country’s poverty reduction programs and can also be effective in post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation efforts in Yolanda-affected areas. Similar community driven approaches were effectively used in countries such as Indonesia to help communities recover following major natural disasters between 2004 and 2010. Through the program, disaster-affected communities will be engaged in determining their needs and priorities to help ensure a locally relevant and sustainable response. The approach also ensures the transparent use of public resources in communities”, ADB Country Director Richard Bolt said.

Using the 2009 National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) Small Area Estimates, a total of 847 municipalities in the country are covered for the KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP implementation with a timeframe of 2014 to 2019.

In the Central Visayas, KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP implementation covers 107 municipalities with a total of 2,311 barangays catering to about 3.5 million households in the island provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor. With a timeframe of 2014 to 2015, 71 areas will be implemented this year and the other 36 areas will start its implementation in 2015.

Aside from the target coverage, the program design incorporates disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM). The program also includes enhancements to focus on thematic areas including gender, peace, indigenous peoples’ development, and environmental and social protection. ### (Social Marketing Unit)


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Community completes farm-to-market road project

Pamplona, Negros Oriental – The residents of Barangay Magsusunog here in this town has recently completed their 300 meter farm-to-market road community project which was turned over to their Barangay Local Government Unit for operation and maintenance. The road project worth Php1,208,900.00 is said to benefit more than 284 households in the community alone and two (2) other hinterland barangays which makes use of the road to get to the town proper.

The community project is one of the eight (8) prioritized small-scale infrastructure projects in the town funded by the municipal LGU and the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a poverty reduction program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which has been made into a national program called the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).

During the inauguration, Community Volunteer Alan Ebo gave the symbolic basket of fruits and crops to DSWD Regional Community Development Specialist Dexter Gimena presenting their accomplishment and that they are now planning to turnover their road project to DSWD to be officially handed down to the municipality and barangay local government unit to help maintain and operate the community project.

“We are very happy that we can now present our community project. We are also happy because even if we are not elected officials of our barangay, we were able to contribute to the development of our community,” Ebo said further telling the audience that the delivery of farm goods to the town proper is much easier now compared before.

“The Municipal Local Goverment Unit of Pamplona has assisted and will continue to assist the development projects of the barangays,” Pamplona Mayor Apollo Arnaiz said. “What we like about Kalahi-CIDSS is how the communities participate in the affairs of the barangay and propose solutions that will address their community needs,” he acknowledged that since the start of the community-driven development program in their town, barangay participation rates have been increasing which makes service delivery of local government units more responsive.

Another feature of the operation and maintenance plan of the community is the planting of 150 fruit-bearing trees along the road project a week before the turnover activity. Pamplona Area Coordinator Cayetano Mobe said the community proposed this plan after their orientation in the community on Thematic Environmental Management System (TEMS), a mechanism set up by Kalahi-CIDSS to ensure that environmental and social safeguards are maintained in the implementation of the program down to the grassroots level.

“This is the community’s initiative in preventing soil erosion and generally contributing to environmental protection and conservation and to food security,” Mobe said. “The community plans to plant more trees as they extend their road project out of the savings they have acquired from their community project,” he added. ### (Social Marketing Unit)

Attached photo caption: (R-L) Community Volunteer Allan Ebo gives the symbolic basket to DSWD Community Development Specialist Dexter Gimena, Pamplona Mayor Apollo Arnaiz and Magsusunog Barangay Captain


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