Kapit-Bisig Para sa Bayan: Hamon sa mga Bagong Bayani


Sa ika 15-17 ng Agosto, magtatagpo ang ilang mga community volunteers ng Mindoro, Marinduque at Concepcion, Romblon para sa kauna-unahang pagtitipon ng mga Community Volunteers ng KALAHI-CIDSS sa rehiyong MiMaRoPa.

Tampok sa dalawang araw na gawain na may tema na “Kapit-Bisig Para Sa Bayan: Hamon sa mga Bagong Bayani” ay ang bahaginan ng mga volunteers ng kanilang mga kwentong bayanihan sa KALAHI-CIDSS, mapalalim ang kanilang kaalaman at adbokasiya sa CDD sa pamamagitan ng bahaginan, pakikilahok sa patimpalak, at pakikinig sa mga BAYANI KA! Champions at mga panauhin.

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Kalahi-CIDSS Photography Contest: Faces of Empowerment

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Deadline of submission: July 15, 2016

Who may join?

The photography contest is open to individuals residing in the Region of MIMAROPA who are at least 18 years old. The staff of the DSWD KALAHI CIDSS Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) are not eligible to enter.

What to enter?

Through the years, KALAHI-CIDSS is continually striving to empower individuals to affect change in their communities and we want to see this through your eyes. In line with the theme “Faces of Empowerment”, photos should capture how communities/individuals are empowered to work towards development through Kalahi-CIDSS.

This is not limited to photos of volunteers or laborers working on a sub-project. We urge you to look deeper into what empowerment really means to you or what it has become after the implementation of sub-projects.

All photographs should follow the following guidelines:

  • Entries must be in digital format and submitted in .jpeg or .jpg form.
  • Photographs should not be digitally altered or manipulated and accurately portray the scene as it appears. Minor editing such as adjustments in brightness, contrast and color are acceptable.
  • The photographer is responsible for securing permission for the use of the photos from the subjects or in case of a minor, from the subjects’ guardian.
  • The caption must be complete and accurate, sufficient to convey the circumstances in which the photograph was taken. Disguising or misrepresenting the origin of your content is cause for disqualification.
  • By joining the contest, the entrant is considered to have granted the KALAHI-CIDSS RPMO permission or license to use the photos, along with the names of the photographers, for various publications and marketing collaterals and for other purposes.

The following submissions are ineligible:

  • Photographs that have won any other contests or have been published in print or online are not accepted.
  • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright.
  • Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content.
  • The KALAHI-CIDSS Regional Program Management Office shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.

How to enter?

All images must be submitted thru email including all the required information and the entry form. Download the entry form here.

The photographer may send an unlimited number of entries provided that all required information are complete.

Submissions should be sent to: kcivbsmo@gmail.com


1. Relevance to the Theme – 25%
2. Creativity – 25%
3. Technique (Use of elements of photography) – 25%
4. Overall impact – 25%

• First Prize: Cash Prize of Five Thousand Pesos (P 5,000)
• Second Prize: Cash Prize of Three Thousand Pesos (P 3,000)
• Third Prize: Cash Prize of Two Thousand Pesos (P 2,000)

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Unity Towards Security

Almost five months after being devastated by Typhoon Nona, traces of destruction are still apparent in some places in Baco, Oriental Mindoro. As one of the municipalities that were severely damaged by the typhoon, the citizens of Baco determinedly continues to rise against the challenges brought about by these types of disasters.

In Barangay Lantuyang, a predominantly Mangyan Alangan community, Nori Veron Maliglig recalls that most of the community scatters to different places to evacuate the area during calamities.

Located right beside the Karayrayan River, many of the residents of Barangay Lantuyang, especially those in the lower areas are in danger from flooding. And because most of the Mangyan houses are made of light materials, strong winds and rains easily damage and destroy their homes.

In the midst of these threats, the community have decided to construct an evacuation center with the funding of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS). As one of the core poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, it aims to empower communities to choose and implement projects that address their most pressing needs.

Tagalog turned Mangyan

Nori Veron Maliglig, a sixty-year-old resident of Barangay Lantuyang, is one of the volunteers of KALAHI-CIDSS who persevered for the success of the implementation of the project.

Together with the other volunteers, she diligently worked and showed her care for the residents of the barangay despite being the only Tagalog in a community of Mangyans.

She settled in Baragay Lantuyang forty years ago and has embraced the Mangyans and their culture and now has a family with two children. “Tagalog ako na naging Mangyan (I am a Tagalog who became a Mangyan)”, she laughingly said.

Since this was a first for the community, the Mangyans were hesitant in claiming the job of the Warehouse Keeper, worried that they would have to pay for anything that will go missing from the warehouse.

“Ako naman po ay naaawa na yun na lamang ang wala kaya nilakasan ko ang loob ko na ako ay tumayo bilang bodegera (I felt sorry that it was still vacant so I gathered my courage and became the warehouse keeper)”, said Nanay Veron.


Almost there. Nanay Veron smiles in front of the nearly completed evacuation center.

Not just another charity

The community of Barangay Lantuyang is no stranger to outsiders offering help, especially charities; NGOs, NGAs and private corporations often visit and promise infrastructure and development. Most of which were never completed.

From all the false promises emanated their mistrust of all programs and agencies that reach out to their community.

Because of this, the whole community was at first hesitant in accepting the KALAHI-CIDSS program. According to Nanay Veron, “Noong umpisa, hindi sila naniniwala. Baka mahirapan lang sila pero wala din (At first they did not believe. Maybe it would just burden them but result to nothing)”.

But she tried to persuade them to give the program a chance. “Tignan muna natin (let’s see first)”, she told them.

Seeing the project slowly being completed, “Sinabi ng mga mangyan na pinalakas ko ang loob nila (The mangyans said that I gave them courage)”, said Nanay Veron.

When the community has finally united with one goal in mind, the challenges however numerous and daunting were faced with determination.

The land where the evacuation center was planned to be built was owned by priests. So in groups, the volunteers and community members visited the Bishop numerous times to ask for his approval.

His fear and his mistrust was the same as the community.

With the help of Father Victor Florida, SVD, commonly known by the Mangyans as “Father Jun Jun”, the volunteers and the community tirelessly visited the Bishop to explain the process of KALAHI-CIDSS though at first he remained doubtful. He needed assurance that the program will not be same as the previous projects given to Barangay Lantuyang.

After months of meetings, he consulted the issue with the priests of Oriental Mindoro and finally gave his permission to use the land.

Soon, given the chance and proper training the volunteers were already doing things on their own.

They initiated the relocation of an electric post situated at the construction site by talking with the local energy provider.

Whenever needed, the Procurement Team head, Sawi Villar, can even go alone to Calapan City to talk to suppliers and for canvasing.

As a fairly distant Barangay, transportation can be a challenge for the volunteers. For this, they contribute some of their extra earnings from harvests.

They also had a contribution for the pig used in the pansula, a ritual before the start of the construction to ward off evil spirits.

However, their determination was further tested. During Typhoon Nona, a part of the roof of their warehouse was blown away, leaving all their materials under the rain and the rising water of the river.

Some of their cement got wet rendering them unusable, but the volunteers never lost hope.

Laborers and volunteers were already working on the building while relief goods were being distributed to the residents of the Barangay. Almost all of the community members were also very willing to work have a bayanihan for the completion of their evacuation center.

“Ibinuhos ko na ang aking kalooban jan, ako ay hindi umaabsent at palaging nagbabantay (I poured my soul there, I was never absent and I always look after the materials)”, says Nanay Veron.

Beyond beliefs, beyond religion

The residents of Barangay Lantuyang are now eager to implement projects for the development of their barangay. They plan to propose for a protection dike or a day care center in the following cycles of the KALAHI CIDSS.

During the blessing of their evacuation center on April 28, 2016, Father Jun Jun told the residents to care for the building saying, “panatilihhin nating buo, panatilihin nating maayos, panatilihin nating malinis dahil sa panahon na kailangang kailangan natin na syay nandyan (Let us keep it whole, let us keep it in good condition, let us keep it clean because when the time comes that we will need it, it will be there)”.

In his message, Father Jun Jun also emphasized the importance of the community’s solidarity. “Sa tuwing magpapaalala ako sa mga taga Lantuyang, sinasabi ko na ang pagkakaiba iba ng ating mga pananampalataya ay sana hindi maging hadlang, sana ito ang maging daan para sama sama kayong gumawa (Whenever I remind the residents of Lantuyang, I tell them that, may the differences in religion not be a hindrance, it should be a way for you to work together)”

The community of Barangay Lantuyang, diverse in beliefs and religion, with their initial success in the construction of the evacuation center, was reminded that only with unity will they achieve change and development.

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Father Jun Jun leads the blessing of the evacuation center

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The evacuation center of Barangay Lantuyang



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Paraan ng pagpapatupad ng proyekto ng 2 barangay sa Aborlan, gagawing modelo ng iba’t ibang bansa sa Asya

ABORLAN, Palawan- Swerte kung ituring ng mga taga Aborlan ang pagbisita ng mga representante ng bansang Myanmar, Indonesia at East Timor kaninang umaga.

Ang Barangay Sagpangan at Gogognan sa Aborlan kasi ang napili ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa buong Pilipinas na may matagumpay nang proyekto sa ilalim ng Kapit Bisig Laban Sa Kahirapan, Comprehensive And Integrated Delivery of Social Services o KALAHI CIDSS.

Nais kasing gawing modelo ng mga nabanggit na bansa ang pagpapatupad ng matagumpay na proyekto sa pangunguna ng komunidad at ordinaryong mamamayan.

Gaya na lang ng 3.345 km. Farm to market road sa Barangay Sagpangan at ang hanging bridge sa Barangay Gogognan.

Kung dati ay kailangan pang lumangoy o maglakad ng malayo ang mga mga estudyante at residente ng Brgy. Gogognan para lang makatawid, ngayon naman ay kailangan na lamang nilang lakarin ang 60 metrong tulay. Malaking kaluwagan para sa kanila at sa kanilang pamumuhay.

93% ng residente ng barangay ay pawang katutubong Tagbanua at sila ang nagtulung-tulong para magawa ang tulay. Aminado naman ang mga volunteers ng proyekto na hindi naging madali ang proseso dahil kailangang maging transparent lahat.

Ito ang kanilang ibinahagi sa mga bisita na pag-aaralan naman nila para ituro rin sa mga mamamayan sa kanilang bansa.

Patunay umano ito na malaki ang papel na ginagampanan ng ordinaryong mamamayan. Dahil kahit sila ay maaaring makapagpatupad ng mga proyektong mapapakinabangan ng lahat.###

Source: TV Patrol Palawan

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Mayors’ Forum conducted for KC-NCDDP in IV-MiMaRoPa

Pasig City – A total of 99 local chief executives (LCEs) and representatives participated in the recently conducted Mayors’ Forum for the 62 eligible municipalities targeted for inclusion in the KALAHI CIDSS-National Community-Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP). The activity was divided into two parts, with the morning session focusing on the recovery and rehabilitation of areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda and the afternoon session concentrating on the discussion of KC-NCDDP.

Local chief executives, municipal representatives, and partner agencies were present during the Mayors' Forum conducted by KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP last May 7, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Pasig City.

Local chief executives, municipal representatives, and partner agencies were present during the Mayors’ Forum conducted by KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP last May 7, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Pasig City.

The activity entitled “Municipal Mayors’ Forum on LGU Coordinated and Community-Driven Post-Disaster Rehabilitation and Development” aims to engage and discuss with LCEs how their LGUs can be supported in their early recovery and rehabilitation efforts after Typhoon Yolanda. For Region IV-MiMaRoPa, three provinces were affected. These municipalities will start the KC-NCDDP implementation this June.

DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa Regional Director Wilma Naviamos gave her opening remarks noting climate changes are strongly challenging everyone to be more responsible in caring for the environment. Consequently, these environmental conditions pose hazards to people. Naviamos said that while these may happen, there are projects that have been completed to cater people affected by the disaster. She calls for everyone to rethink on the best way to prepare, respond, rehabilitate, and mitigate.

Usec. Francisco Fernandez of the Department of the Interior and Local Government was invited to discuss about the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Program (GPBP) which is an avenue for harnessing National Government Agencies (NGAs) support for rehabilitation. Similarly, Assistant Director Dennis Villasenor conferred about the hazard-informed land use and comprehensive development planning of local governments for their early recovery and rehabilitation.

Nonetheless, the Municipal Mayor of Coron, Palawan Clara Reyes, shared their LGU experience and lessons after Typhoon Yolanda struck their municipality last November. She also discussed how these lessons may also help other localities which were also on their way to recovery and rehabilitation.

In the afternoon, National Program Manager of KC-NCDDP Benilda Redaja discussed the rehabilitation of areas in the context of NCDDP. Small group discussions were held with the mayors afterwards.

Some of the issues and concerns of the mayors that were raised were the local counterpart contribution, the year of implementation, and the requirements needed for enrollment to the Program. These were consequently addressed by the Kalahi-CIDSS staff.

Hon. Hercules Umali of Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro closed the activity by encouraging the LCEs of new coverage areas to support the KC-NCDDP.

NCDDP is the scale-up of operations of the CDD approach used and proven effective by the KALAHI-CIDSS. ###



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DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa hiring 641 workers for the National Community-Driven Development Program

Malate, Manila – In preparation for the start of the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP), the KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP will be hiring a total of 641 field staff to be deployed to areas across the MIMAROPA region.

Specifically, the 62 areas to be covered by the project will require 62 Area Coordinators, 78 Deputy Area Coordinators, 78 Municipal Financial Analysts, and 423 Community Facilitators.

Interested individuals who have a background in development project management, social development, civil engineering, accountancy, and community organizing can personally submit their application letter and resume to the regional office or at the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) office in the provinces.

The deadline of accepting of applications is on May 9, 2014.

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is the scale-up of the operations of the CDD approach used and proven effective by the KALAHI-CIDSS. CDD empowers citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring projects to address local poverty issues collectively. ###

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