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3rd PIAC meeting organized in Palawan for Kalahi-CIDSS implementation

The attendees of the PIAC meeting, together with the RPMO key staff, in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

The attendees of the PIAC meeting, together with the RPMO key staff, in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

The Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Project Management Team organized the Provincial Inter-Agency Committee (PIAC) meeting for Palawan last October 16, 2013 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Among those who attended were key staffs from the provincial local government unit which includes the Provincial Engineer, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer, and the Provincial Environmental and Natural Resources Office. Nonetheless, the DILG Provincial Director, the Planning Officer of Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), and the Commissioner of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) joined the activity.

The said meeting was held to map out the Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects in the 11 municipalities covered, to identify projects which are in the pipeline of the Provincial Local Government Unit and national agencies, and to identify possible convergence points where the agencies and the DSWD can complement their services.

Regional Infrastructure Specialist Aera Bravo gave the status of Kalahi-CIDSS project implementation. She mentioned that with the 11 municipalities, 2 are already in the second cycle of implementation, whereas the remaining number is in the first cycle of implementation. She emphasized that with the forging of partnership with the different agencies, this may help ease the implementation of the project especially in the areas wherein engineering and finance are of main concerns.

Each agency was tasked to present their projects which can be aligned with Kalahi-CIDSS. For the PCSD, they clarified concerns regarding the issuance of certificate that is needed for the construction of water system sub-projects. The NCIP, nonetheless, said that they are willing to coordinate with the Area Coordinating Team assigned to areas where there are IPs to help facilitate the community and to further encourage them to attend barangay assemblies.

With the meeting conducted, it is hoped that the partnership between the other national agencies, Provincial government and the Department will be sustained. ###


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Kalahi-CIDSS MiMaRoPa organizes workshop with LCEs

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan – Eight local chief executives attended the workshop organized by Kalahi-CIDSS MiMaRoPa last September 24, 2013. The activity was held in order to let the LCEs know of the updates on the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS on their municipalities, and likewise to address issues and concerns which they may have.

The 11 municipalities which Kalahi-CIDSS covers for 2011 and 2012 were all well-represented. There were also representatives from the Provincial Government and national agencies such as DILG who participated in the activity. Nonetheless, also in attendance were KC National Project Manager Benilda Redaja and Deputy National Project Manager Tomas Cabuenos.

“No one should be left behind in development. Kalahi-CIDSS would want and would still maintain to contribute to this slogan, aside from its three-pronged objectives of empowering the people, improving local governance, and reducing poverty,” said Regional Director Wilma Naviamos, as she welcomed the participants in the activity. She said that the role of local chief executives is crucial not only in the Kalahi-CIDSS but also in other programs implemented by the Department.

Part of the workshop is the presentation of the progress and investment of Kalahi-CIDSS in the region. Assistant Regional Director Annie Mendoza presented the report and briefly discussed the amount of Kalahi-CIDSS grant for the province, the total amount disbursed, and the number of completed sub-projects.

Hon. Hercules Umali, local chief executive of Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro and Kalahi-CIDSS advocate, shared their municipality’s experience in Kalahi-CIDSS. A video presentation of various sub-projects built on the municipality of Bongabong was shown to attest how the project changed the municipality during its three-year implementation. Notably, Bongabong was able to implement 30 sub-projects in three years, with an additional 12 sub-projects from its Makamasang Tugon modality. The Makamasang Tugon is a one-year incentive to good performing LGUs who have successfully implemented KALAHI-CIDSS. Sub-projects in Bongabong include school buildings, day care centers, health stations, and water system.

Mayor Umali encouraged his fellow LCEs to fully engage themselves in activities of Kalahi-CIDSS, particularly with the barangay assemblies. This is to better understand the situation of their constituents and also come up with a plan at the level of the local government to address the problems.

An open forum was held to which the several LCEs air their concerns toward the procurement process which impede the sub-project implementation. Provincial Engineer Saylito Purisima said that the provincial government will help and coordinate with those municipalities regarding the issue.

To date, nine municipalities of Palawan (Aborlan, Agutaya, Coron, Cuyo, Cagayancillo, Narra, Taytay, Quezon, Sofronio Espanola) are already in the sub-project implementation stage of Kalahi-CIDSS. From a a total of 53 sub-projects to be implemented in Palawan, twelve sub-projects were already completed. Majority is still on-going in the implementation and is also set to finish before December.

KALAHI-CIDSS or Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is the government’s flagship anti-poverty project funded by Millennium Challenge Corporation which aims to eradicate poverty through improving local governance and empowering the communities. Noteworthy, the project utilizes the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach. ###


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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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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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For Learning Pursuits

“Gusto kong ma-motivate ang mga bata sa amin na mag-aral. Para naman hindi na dumagdag pa sa mga out-of-school youth sa aming lugar, kasi sadyang napakarami na nila,” (I want the children to be motivated to study and learn. So that it would not help increase the number of out-of-school youth in our place, because there are already quite a lot) said Ms. Luzviminda Diamamo, a teacher from Brgy. Estrella Village in the municipality of Narra, Palawan.

Now she needs not to worry about the status of out-of-school youth in their barangay because she is confident that this June, many children would be more than happy to enroll in the newly-built school of the barangay.

The 1-unit 2-classroom high school building was no less than an effort of the barangay itself through the help of Kalahi-CIDSS. Kalahi-CIDSS stands for the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services. It is a poverty alleviation program of the DSWD that uses a community-driven development approach. Kalahi-CIDSS empowers the communities by making them participate in governance to ensure that their needs are addressed. Resources are given to the community, and from there, they decide on the sub-project that would efficiently address their need.

According to Ms. Diamamo, the educational attainment of children in the barangay is low. Only 25% of those who finished elementary are the ones who can afford to go to high school which is located in nearby barangay. Unfortunately, the remaining 75% of children accounts for those who do not have the means to pursue high school due to the costs it incurs, especially in transportation.

On the average, a child who goes to high school would need Php1,000 a month for his transportation and meal allowances. The 14 to 16 kilometer ride to the school every single day would definitely hurt anyone’s pocket. Two rides will have to be taken to reach the said school.

It comes with no surprise that Ms. Diamamo put high regards to education as she is a teacher herself. But her concern transcends over matters of transportation costs. More than the expenses, it is the situation of those who can’t go to high school that bothers her. Many girls got pregnant, while some tend to marry at a very young age. “Dahil kulang nga sa edukasyon, marami ang napariwara ang buhay,” (Because of lack of education, many have gone astray in life) noted Ms. Diamamo. Those children have potential, but sadly, the lack of money to go to school, and more so the lack of school building in the barangay hindered them in achieving their goals.

Given the situation, Brgy. Estrella Village opted to have a high school building as their sub-project. They knew that it is important to cater the education needs of the children in their barangay. Not only it would be of great help to the parents in terms of expenses, but also it would somehow stop the budding rate of teen pregnancy and young marriages.

Ms. Diamamo said that Kalahi-CIDSS made the school building possible for them. She attests that words will not be enough to express their gratitude for everything that was taught to them by Kalahi-CIDSS. By far, the project’s transparency is the one thing that will be greatly remembered by them. Not only will it be made tangible through the newly-built school building, but will also signify the community’s participation and involvement in the Kalahi-CIDSS process.

She hopes that with the coming school opening, children will be inspired and driven to learn, much more than the barangay’s drive for participation with Kalahi-CIDSS. Sure enough, a Php1,553,000.00 cost for a school building is not too much given the number of minds and skills it would nurture and hone in the years to come. No amount could probably equal that to a certain extent. ###

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