Archive | September 27th, 2017

Every drop counts as CDD’s impact empowers communities

The community of Barangay Alipuaton in Salay, Misamis Oriental cherishes the completion of the construction of its Potable, Pump-Driven, Water System. The project is part of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan, Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) thrust to empower communities.

Genelyn Caminade, Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer and voted as Barangay SubProject Management Committee Chairperson, of Barangay Alipuaton, Salay, Misamis

According to the World Bank, Community-Driven Development (CDD) programs operate on the principles of transparency, participation, local empowerment, demand-responsiveness, greater downward accountability, and enhanced local capacity. The organization also believes that given clear and transparent rules, access to information, appropriate capacity, and financial support, poor men and women can effectively organize to identify community priorities and address local problems by working in partnership with local governments and other supportive institutions to build small-scale infrastructure and deliver basic services.

Salay Mayor Angelo Capistrano, with the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS team, tests the abundant water supply made available in Barangay Alipuaton

With a total funding of PHP 1,887,802.00 the project was turned over to the community on June 20, 2017 of which the community will handle the operation and maintenance of the potable water system.

“Sa una, gapanglaba kami didto sa suba sa pikas barangay. Karon, aduna na kami saktong panubig gikan na mismo sa among mga gripo, dali ra namo pud maligo-an ang mga bata kada buntag para preparar para eskwela (Before, we used to do our laundry in the river located at the next barangay. Now, we can get sufficient water straight from the faucet, we can easily bathe the kids early in the morning to prepare for school)” shares Genelyn Caminade, Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer and voted as Barangay SubProject Management Committee Chairperson, of Barangay Alipuaton, Salay, Misamis Oriental.

Community people with the local government, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS staff pose for a photo despite the challenging weather during the turn-over ceremony.

A short program was conducted for the formal turn-over, with messages of thanksgiving and appreciation to everyone who helped in the realization of the project.

Ribbon cutting done by Mayor Angelo G. Capistrano Jr. with members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Barangay Alipuaton Council and DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS staff.

The water system project is set to make significant impact to the community of Barangay Alipuaton, Genelyn concludes.

Photos and Story courtesy of June Ray Lustre, DSWD Area Coordinator of Salay, Misamis Oriental

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CDD Creates a Bridge of Opportunities

The community of Barangay Magsaysay, Baliangao, Misamis Occidental saw the need to address the problem of school children walking through dikes of rice paddies to and from Lipacon Elementary School. Aside from the dike being slippery, it was very dangerous for the children especially during the rainy season, the creek overflows which made the way unsafe for children. This has always been the condition of the road.

The 87 linear meter (ln. m.) Concrete Foot Bridge community sub-project in Barangay Magsaysay, Baliangao, Misamis Occidental. The project is funded through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).


Opportunity came when the community enjoined themselves in the identification process through a participatory situational analysis to assess their current situation as a community and the problems that need to be addressed the soonest. This is through the Community-Driven Development approach which is being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The DSWD Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is a community empowerment program of the Philippine Government that utilizes the community-driven development (CDD) approach to ensure that citizens have an active role in development by giving them the voice and the vote in decision-making involving their villages. In 2013, it scaled up into the national CDD program and targets the coverage of 847 of the poorest municipalities in the Philippines.

In Magsaysay, Baliangao, the community completed the construction of an 87 linear meter (ln. m.) Concrete Foot Bridge now ensures a safer route for children to go to school and not have to walk on the muddy and slippery road anymore. Residents, especially parents do not have to worry about the rainy season knowing that their children are now able to go back home safely.

The total project cost of PHP 963,910.00 the grant from DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP is PHP 771,546.00 while the barangay local government pitched in a total of PHP 51,864.00, with the municipal local government of Baliangao pitching in PHP 139,500.00 to complete the total cost.

(From right) Pastor Jovie O. Vilaluna, MIAC Member, Religious’ group, Pervelita Mae. G. Cagod, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Sub Regional Project Coordinator, Mr. Eleno C. Atay , BSPMC –Chairperson, Hon. Ruben C. Atay , Magsaysay- Punong Barangay, Hon. Aghmar A. Yap , Sangguninag Bayan Member in the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon to formally open the 87 linear meter (ln. m.) Concrete Foot Bridge in Barangay Magsaysay, Baliangao, Misamis Occidental.

The sub-project was turned over to the community on July 6, 2017 from the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP represented by Pervelita Mae G. Cagod, Sub Regional Project Coordinator. The said ceremony was also represented by local government units.
The community also recognizes the Women’s Organization lead by Lenie F. Atay as President to oversee the operation and maintenance of the sub-project. The group’s responsibility is to prepare the annual Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Plan, also to lobby and remind the barangay council to allocate funds annually for its maintenance.

Story and Photos courtesy of Elvira Singgit, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinator

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September 2017