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11 municipalities ink MOA for 2nd cycle implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS

Of the 11 municipalities covered by Kalahi-CIDSS in the province of Palawan, nine have signed and entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Provincial Local Government, for the Kalahi-CIDSS second cycle implementation, last September 24, 2013 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

The MOA was signed by Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos and the Municipal Mayors. This was witnessed by Assistant Regional Director Annie E. Mendoza and Provincial Engr. Saylito Purisima.

The nine municipalities include Aborlan, Agutaya, Cagayancillo, Coron, Cuyo, Narra, Quezon, Sofronio Espanola and Taytay. The said municipalities are currently in the sub-project implementation stage of the first cycle.

The activity was held simultaneously with the Local Chief Executives Workshop.

Kalahi-CIDSS is the government’s flagship poverty alleviation program implemented by the DSWD through the financial support of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. It is implemented in the course of three years, with each year corresponding for one cycle. ###



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PLGU signs MOA for Kalahi-CIDSS 2nd cycle implementation

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan – Hon. Jose Alvarez, the Provincial Governor of Palawan, together with DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos, signs the MOA of the 11 municipalities covered by Kalahi-CIDSS for its second cycle implementation.

“You are always more than welcome here in Palawan,” said Governor Alvarez as he signs the MOA of the municipalities. He said that Kalahi-CIDSS will be a big help in improving the lives of many Palawenos who are in deep poverty. He emphasized that the provincial government will firmly support the implementation of the Project, and will even provide what the Project may need.

Deputy National Project Manager Tomas Cabuenos and Assistant Regional Director Annie Mendoza served as witnesses to the monumental event. ###

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Dreaming of Water

“Dati, pangarap lang [namin] ang tubig [In the past, water was just a far-off dream for us],” uttered Ms. Victoria Padullo, the barangay captain of Malitbog in Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro. Her words seemed to energize the participants. Several barangay volunteers echoed in unison, and the slightly cramped room became abuzz with excitement, the people sharing their own experiences in what they deemed as the time when water was so scarce and difficult in their own barangay.

Ms. Padullo started public service in the barangay at the age of 15 when became part of the Sangguniang Kabataan. From there, she served as Kagawad, and later on as the Barangay Captain, a position she holds today. What made her pursue a career in public service is her aspiration to help her barangay, which was sorely lacking in basic services and amenities, including water, be it for drinking, washing, or cleaning.

The lack of clean water, said Ms. Padullo, has been the constant battle that has been fought early on by the barangay.

Unlike other barangays in the municipality, having clean water has long been a struggle for Malitbog. Ms. Padullo shared that although some of the residents are able to get water from a deep well, the liquid is yellowish and gives off a foul, rusty smell. Unfortunately, the residents were forced to use this for washing clothes and dishes, having left with no other choice. “Iyong mga puting damit, madilaw na pagkatapos malabhan, gawa ng tubig [White clothes turn yellow after you wash these because of the water],” Ms. Padullo said.

Even though they were forced to use the water from the deep well in washing clothes and dishes, they knew that it was not potable, so they had to buy drinking water from the Poblacion for PhP 5.00-7.00 per gallon. Those who were well-off installed water pumps in their homes.

Even though they purchased drinking water, the water in their barangay still led to health problems. Children in the barangay often suffered from diarrhea and other water-related diseases. It also fostered poor hygiene and poor sanitation, as students went to school without taking a bath.

The community was forced to bear with theis situation for several years. It was in 2006 when Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) came to their barangay that eventually changed the course of their everyday life.

Kalahi-CIDSS is an anti-poverty project implemented by the DSWD which aims to empower communities through greater participation of the people in local governance, particularly those involving poverty alleviation measures.

When Kalahi-CIDSS entered Bongabong, all 36 of its barangays of Bongabong fully participated, each village hoping that their proposed  community project will be prioritized to address their most pressing needs. Barangay Malitbog hoped that their dream of getting a water system would finally be realized.

Unfortunately, Barangay Malitbog was not prioritized in the three cycles of implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS in the municipality, despite the community’s combined efforts and resources. “Talagang nakakalungkot na hindi kami nasama sa tatlong cycle na iyon para mapondohan ang aming water system sub-project [We were really sad that we were not prioritized in those three cycles to get funding for our water system sub-project],” lamented Ms. Padullo.

Ms. Padullo said that there were times in those three cycles that she prayed that the needs of the residents change so that they can stand a chance during the prioritization. Yet this was a farfetched wish, since it really was the water system that the barangay needed. “Hindi naman mababago iyon dahil iyon ang lumalalabas sa PSA, at sa proseso ng Kalahi, importante ang boses ng tao [That will not change, because that is always the concern that was always raised by the residents during the Participatory Situational Analysis. In Kalahi-CIDSS, the voice of the people is listened to],” she said.

When Bongabong was selected again to implement Makamasang Tugon, a modality of Kalahi-CIDSS, the barangay participated fully again. This time, however, they became more careful in preparing the needed documents. Picking off lessons from the earlier three cycles, Malitbog finally became one of the priorized barangays, ranking 6th during the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF). The moment was so memorable for the residents of Barangay Malitbog that they jumped for joy upon finding out that their water system will finally be funded.

They waited for years for a water system. With the help of Kalahi-CIDSS, they now enjoy the sight of clean and potable water flowing from the 23 tap stands installed in the barangay.

The water system has made a difference in the lives of every families residing in Brgy. Malitbog. They won’t have to worry about water anymore, since they now have access to it.  Since the families no longer have to pay for drinking water, they are able to invest in other things, such as food and providing for their children’s needs. People bathe every day, as they are now more conscious of proper sanitation and hygiene. Ms. Precy Almarez, the Kagawad for Health and Education, also noted that there was a decrease in the number of children who are brought to the hospital due to diarrhea and water-related diseases.

The water system also brought in a new way of development for the residents.  Apart from these short-term benefits that people enjoy, the water system helped a lot in swine production, one of the industries in the barangay. Water is essential in the business because it is used in the cleaning of wastes of the pigs. Having water in the community now helped these enterprising residents. Some owners opt for accommodating a number of pigs to look after to gain a bigger profit. One resident, Ms. Emiliana Mandigma, earns a Php12,000 commission for the swine production. More people are encouraged to engage in order to have a commission, enough to provide for their family’s needs.

The community has also set up an organization to take care of their water system. The Barangay Water System Association of Malitbog collects an amount of Php20,000 a month for the operations and maintenance of the water system.

The level II water system of Malitbog incurred a total cost of Php 4,290,000.00, with a Kalahi-CIDSS grant of Php 3,375,659.24. The sub-project benefited 576 households, of which all are residents of Barangay Malitbog. The sub-project was completed last December 2012.

Barangay Malitbog knows that access to clean water is not something they can take for granted. Having water in the community has brought them far from the situation they were previously in. Today, they exude with vibrancy, because clean water is no longer a far-off dream for them. ###



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DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa conducts orientation on Foster Care

Malate, Manila – Municipal Social Welfare Officers from the different provinces of MiMaRoPa came in to attend the orientation on Foster Care Act of 2012 held last July 17, 2013. The activity was facilitated by Social Welfare Officers Ms. Priscila Contreras and Ms. Cecil Sajonia. The aim of the activity is to enhance the skills of social workers in handling foster cases.

Assistant Regional Director for Administration Mr. Joel Mijares said that with the passage of the Republic Act 10165 or the Foster Care Act of 2012, social workers will play a big part on how the said law will be effectively implemented. Being the ones at the forefront, there is a need to know the salient features of the law so as to provide the child with his/her needs.

Ms. Sandra Plata of the Protective Services Bureau, DSWD Central Office discussed the Republic Act 10165 and its implementing Rules and Regulations. As a backgrounder, the Republic Act 10165 adheres to the policy of the State to provide every child who is neglected, abused, surrendered, under sociocultural difficulties, abused, or with special needs with an alternative family that will provide love and care as well as opportunities for growth and development. It was recently signed into law last June 11, 2012.

Nonetheless, Ms. Plata also shared with the participants some known personalities who have engaged in foster care and have consequently become adoptive families.

In MiMaRoPa, there are 100 licensed foster families. To date, there are 56 children who are under the care of licensed foster parents.

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Support from BLGU made me continue CDD principles

As told by Aristohe Garcia, Monitoring & Inspection Team

Brgy.Calategas, Narra, Palawan


Kalahi-CIDSS, one of the poverty alleviation programs of the DSWD, has been in Narra, Palawan for almost a year now. With the primary goal of empowering communities through participation of people in local governance, I must say that this program is one of a kind, probably the best in all anti-poverty programs out there.

How can I not say it is not the best? Well, people in our barangay are encouraged to participate in its barangay assemblies, thereby making their voices heard. From the 1st barangay assembly down to the 5th assembly conducted all decisions came from the people, from identifying the needs to posing solutions which we deem is necessary.

We, in the community, have also undergone trainings on procurement and finance, as part of the capacity building measures of the project. I was taught things that I never knew before, specifically in the engineering part. I really never thought that I can be an engineer even for just a week! The trainings were particularly helpful and I was glad that I was part of it.

Aside from these things, what made Kalahi-CIDSS the best is the fact that it unites the people themselves and bringing them closer to the barangay local government unit. Alleviating the area from poverty, which was an individual endeavor, became a shared goal of the barangay. Knowing that we too, can partake in development initiatives of our community, gave us inspiration to push forward and continue and apply what we learned in Kalahi-CIDSS.

We are glad that through the process of Kalahi-CIDSS, we were able to address our need for potable water through a construction of a potable water system. We have water for bathing and washing clothes, yet none of which we could drink safely from.

Though Kalahi-CIDSS sounds really good, I was quite hesitant to participate and perform my functions. I was voted to be part of the Monitoring and Inspection Team (MIT). I want to serve the community but something hinders me. I live far from the barangay and that would mean I have to travel back and forth to attend to some concerns of the sub-project.  And since we are volunteers, there is no salary that would compensate us. We have to shoulder our own expenses. Consequently, this would add burden to the meager income of my family.

The uncertainty faded when I saw an old lady fetching water from a deepwell. This moving scenario definitely put me back on course. I was deeply moved by what I saw. This lady, even at her old age, still fetches water for her family. I realized then that I do not want to see men and women doing the same thing as that of the old lady. My barangay needs that water system more than anything else. I wouldn’t mind spending of what is left of me, just so that I can assure the community that there will be a water system in the barangay soon.

Besides, what also pushed me to do better in Kalahi-CIDSS was the support given by the barangay local government unit. The barangay captain even gives transportation fares to the Barangay Sub-project Management Committee team members who live far from the barangay, just for them to head the implementation of the sub-project. The barangay attests that they could not let this opportunity to pass just because the members do not have money for transportation.

Certainly, we would not waste what the barangay and Kalahi-CIDSS gave us. I only have praises for both. ###

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Of family and Kalahi-CIDSS: A tale of a man’s struggles

As told by Ernesto F. Bacay, BSPMC Chairperson

Brgy.Calategas, Narra, Palawan


Tears slowly welled up in my eyes as I recount my experience with Kalahi-CIDSS for the past months. Although not yet considered as tears of joy, I hope it can be soon. Nonetheless, it is a manifestation that what I have gone through, as well as my team, is far from easy.

I am glad that I have been part of something big such as Kalahi-CIDSS. Being voted as the Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairperson added more to my confidence, as well as built up my character. Engaging in the community-driven development process of Kalahi-CIDSS brought about unity in the barangay. People became more participative and active as they engaged in the same endeavor of addressing our need for clean water.

Our barangay proposed a Level II water system as a sub-project. We do not have access to clean potable water where almost all households have to fetch water from a murky source. This has also brought illnesses especially to children. Hence, this is the sub-project we came up with, which incurred a total amount of Php 3,210,000.00.

We undertook various trainings where we acquired knowledge in procurement and finance and applied what we learned in making the project. We sought help from our community facilitator every time we needed assistance, and she never failed to encourage and push us to do our best. We thought we could do just about anything, as long as the team remains intact and well-coordinated.

But the difficulty is yet to begin. When we thought that everything was going smoothly, it turned out otherwise. Our barangay failed four times in water testing. And three times in the bidding of sub-project materials. We could not be so unfortunate.

Failing in these incidents only meant frequent meetings to facilitate and prepare the necessary documents with the BSPMC and the barangay. We were eager to accomplish what is needed to start the sub-project immediately. I witnessed how everyone worked hard, day and night, just to go over through the documents and check what went wrong. The perseverance of the team inspired me to deliver just as well.

The frequency of meetings, however, did not sit well with my wife. She said that my time for the family has lessened ever since Kalahi-CIDSS came to the barangay. Little did I know that she took count of the times I am doing something for the said project.I argued that what I was doing was for the benefit of the whole community, and specifically for them. All these fell on deaf ears. She even made me choose between Kalahi-CIDSS and our family!

I almost gave up that time. I do not need to choose between the two. I knew right from the start that holding a responsibility in the project would require dedication and time to serve. I had no doubt that I can be a competent BSPMC Chairperson. What my wife did not know was that it was our family that served as my inspiration to go through all the challenges hurled on us by the project. I want my children to grow up with no worries as they will always have clean water. I would like to spare them from the difficulty of accessing clean water, which we had experienced.

I explained all this to my wife and she understood. The same is going smoothly with the sub-project, and we will be able to start it soon. I really couldn’t help but tear up, but this time, of joyous tears. ###

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Kalahi-CIDSS MiMaRoPa holds meeting with PLGU of Palawan and MCA-P

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan – The Kalahi-CIDSS IV-MiMaRoPa recently conducted a meeting with the Provincial Local Government Unit of Palawan and the Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines (MCA-P) last June 19, 2013. The said meeting served as a venue to provide updates on the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS in the province of Palawan.

It was headed by Assistant Regional Director Annie Mendoza, together with key staff from the Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Project Management Office. MCA-P Managing Director and CEO Ms. Marivic Anonuevo was present so as to give insights on how to effectively and efficiently implement the Kalahi-CIDSS in the 11 municipalities covered in Palawan.

Also in attendance were Mayor Jaime Ortega of Aborlan and Mayor Lucena Demaala of Narra. While other local chief executives were not able to attend due to prior commitments, they sent in their representatives to take part in the said meeting.

A brief discussion was made on the project implementation updates based on the prioritized sub-projects, disbursement rates, and KC grant utilized among others. Issues on community procurement process were raised, to which MCA-P gave recommendations.

Hopefully, the meeting will give way for a more open dialogue between the LGUs and the field office and MCA-P, to ensure that project implementation will run smooth in the municipalities.

The MCA-P is also set to conduct onsite visit in the project areas of Aborlan and Narra. ###


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Habal-habal driver earns spot in Sub-project Committee

As told by Mr. Mickel Fruelda, BSPMC

Barangay Banice, Banton, Romblon


I am just an ordinary citizen of Brgy. Banice, Banton, Romblon. But everything else seemed to change after the project of DSWD, or what we call Kalahi-CIDSS, came to our barangay. From being ordinary, I was taught that I can be extraordinary, even in my own simple way.

Being the head of the family, I live each day working as a driver of a “habal-habal”. My earnings as a driver are not enough to get my family get through the day, hence I also engage in kopra activities and fishing to provide for my family’s needs. But after Kalahi-CIDSS came to our municipality of Banton, it felt like there is always something to do. From providing to my family, I turned to being an active member of the community.

Our 5th class municipality was soon transformed as barangays engaged in the activities of Kalahi-CIDSS. In our barangay, my fellow members and I identified the main problem of the community. One of the problems that we faced was the rough road, which makes it difficult for us to transport our products to the poblacion. Many community members deem this as a problem since they rely on the earnings they will get from their products. But due to the road condition in their place, many products were not sold, thus less earnings on their end.

This was presented in the barangay assemblies that were consequently conducted, and after several assemblies, it was agreed that the barangay will have the cementing of farm-to-market as the sub-project.

I was deeply engaged in Kalahi-CIDSS activities that I was voted thrice, first as a volunteer in the Participatory Situational Analysis, second as a volunteer for the Project Preparation Team assigned to make the project proposal and third in the post of the Barangay Sub-project Management Committee Chairperson.

Being the BSPMC Chairperson posed a big challenge to me since I am just new to the Kalahi-CIDSS process. I must admit that I do not possess an extensive knowledge and have not acquired the necessary skills to take up on the position. But honestly, after what we’ve been through in the barangay sub-project implementation, I think I was able to use all the things I learned, but this won’t be possible if not for the help of our community facilitator. I learned a lot and have developed self-confidence, thanks to the Kalahi-CIDSS.

But more than self-development, what makes me grateful to the project is the transformation it left in the barangay. Many did notice that upon the arrival of Kalahi-CIDSS, many notable changes took place. First off with how things are run in the barangay. I have no knowledge of how things were done since I am not part of the barangay council. Yet from what I know, if there is a project that needs to be done, they do it among themselves, and without informing the people of how they can be part of it. The arrival of Kalahi-CIDSS changed this. The barangay works together with the people, with the latter being more participative. Likewise, bayanihan was greatly practiced and have become evident, encouraging the people all the more.

Second with the decision-making, to which the community members already have a say, unlike before in which the officials’ decisions are the only ones that were followed.  I am hopeful that these changes will carry on to the next years. Our barangay will have a long way to go, with learnings from the community-driven development (CDD) to guide us.

I am sure that I am not the only one who is just as grateful to the Kalahi-CIDSS project. My sentiments will surely be re-echoed by my fellow community members and all those who have experienced Kalahi-CIDSS.

Maramong salamat sa Kalahi-CIDSS!  ###

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