Cordillera Administrative Region- Five municipalities in the region were recognized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development here as the ‘Most supportive Local Government Units’ in implementing the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community Driven-Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) this January 2017.
Among the 25 municipalities implementing Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP, the municipal local government units of Villaviciosa and Manabo in Abra; Tadian and Bauko in Mountain Province, and Kibungan in Benguet were adjudged to surpass other municipalities given their full technical and logistical support during the first and second cycle implementation of the program.
Moreover, municipalities with highest percentage of women in paid labor, Sagada, Tublay, Hungduan, Tineg and Daguioman were recognized for exceeding the 30% standard of the program. Buguias, Barlig, Sagada, Atok, Kapangan, Manabo, Tineg and Lagayan were also given recognition having the largest improvement in barangay assembly participation rate.
Also, Villaviciosa in Abra and, Bauko and Tadian in Mountain Province were recognized for completing their sub-projects earlier than planned. These sub-projects are 750 sq.m. access road in Tamac, Villaviciosa, drainage canal system in Bila, Bauko, flood control structure in barangay Balaoa, drainage canal in Lenga, farm-to-market road in Duagan, drainage canal in Kayan West, erosion control in Bunga, water system in Masla, and road concreting in Batayan.
The recognitions were given during the two-day LGU forum held in Baguio City for Abra Cluster and in Banaue, Ifugao for the Kalinga-Apayao-Mountain Province-Ifugao-Benguet (KAMPIB) Cluster on 24-25 and 26-27 January 2017, respectively.
On the other hand, representatives from 35 municipalities who attended the forum also went for a learning visit in Benguet and Ifugao. Abra cluster visited Palina, Kibungan and Pudong and Pongayan, Kapangan while KAMPIB cluster visited Tulaed, Mayoyao; Abatan and Bangbang, Hungduan; and, Nungawa and Panubtuban, Asipulo.
DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Marygrail B. Dong-as said that the learning visit is one of the most important part of the forum for LGUs to exchange lessons learned and experiences in implementing a CDD program. “We hope that you can replicate those [good practices] in your respective municipalities,” she told the participants.
They participated in focused group discussion with barangay officials and community volunteers and visited sub-projects such as multi-purpose building, water system, rice mill, farm-to-market road, access road and rice mill.
“There were times that our farms were left out when we attend trainings but we really wanted to have a multi-purpose building here in our barangay so we sacrificed our time and other important tasks,” Community Volunteer Arlene Macario shared during the visit in barangay Palina.
Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP is one of the poverty alleviation programs of the National Government being implemented through the DSWD in partnership with the local government and its communities. The program promotes community development through participation, transparency, and accountability among poor communities. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Jasmin P. Kiaso