Cordillera Administrative Region– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Kapit Bisig Laban Sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) has started to  operate under the Disaster Response Operations Modality (DROM) which seeks to deliver COVID-19 related sub-projects in communities along the areas of health, water and sanitation, and economic recovery. 

This is in response to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from the provision of Livelihood Assistance Grant under the Sustainable Livelihood Program and financial assistance through the Social Amelioration Program, the Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP is among the programs of the DSWD which aims to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the communities in the region.

The Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP National Program Management Office (NPMO) pre-identified a total target of 14, 250 households to be provided with early recovery interventions in the region.  In order to achieve this, a new modality of implementation has been launched which is the Additional Financing (AF). 

KC Additional Financing (KC-AF) is the World Bank-funded bridge financing for Kalahi-CIDSS to support the transition into a scaled up operations. Through this, thirty-three (33) target municipalities with more than 20% poverty incidence will be provided with additional funding to implement various programs and services that will help respond to the impact of COVID-19 in our communities.

The following targeted municipalities to implement will be covered in two (2) batches which includes the municipalities of Bucloc, Danglas, Lagayan, Licuan-Baay, Malibcong in Abra Province, Asipulo and Tinoc in Ifugao, Lubuagan in Kalinga, and Natonin and Sadanga in Mountain Province for the first batch. Second batch includes Lacub, Lagayan, Tineg, Tubo in Abra, Calanasan, Kabugao, and Pudtol in Apayao, Aguinaldo, Banaue, Hingyon, Hungduan, Kiangan, Lamut, and Mayoyao in Ifugao, Balbalan, Pasil, Pinukpuk, Tanudan, Tinglayan in Kalinga, and Bauko, Besao, Sagada, and Tadian in Mountain Province. 

As part of the legal agreements and partnership between DSWD and the local government units (LGUs), participating LGUs are sought to commit a minimum requirement of 20% equivalent of the total project cost as its Local Counterpart Contribution (LCC) for sub-project implementation. These may be in the form of cash or in-kind contributions for the implementation of the approved community sub-projects. 

Social preparation is ongoing in the Batch 1 municipalities where they are starting with the community analysis and assessment of the impact of COVID-19. Meanwhile, municipal orientations and assessments were conducted to the Batch 2 targeted municipalities as part of the enrollment activities for the implementation of the said program. The regional office hopes to receive the complete requirements from the municipalities in the soonest possible time. #DSWD-CAR, Social Marketing Unit, Eden Faith S. Fataner

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