Medina volunteers put community’s safety as top priority

Story by Michie Lou B. Cruda, Community Empowerment Facilitator

Barangay Tambagan, Medina, Misamis Oriental is one of the communities facilitated by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Tambagan means “to be advised” in the local dialect. Legend has it that in the days before the coming of the Spaniards when “datus” ruled the barangays, there was once an old wise man gifted with the power to give effective advices. He listened to people’s problems, personal and social disputes and were settled through his effective advices.

Tambagan is 2 kilometers away from North Poblacion or town proper and takes 30 minutes to travel by local public transportations such as a single motorcycle or “habal-habal” or a motorcycle with sidecar. The top three economic activities of the barangay are copra (dried coconut kernels) trading, “sari-sari store” and hog raising. The three major crops here include are banana, sweet potato and cassava.

In January 2016, a typhoon hit Northern Mindanao, including the Municipality of Medina; Barangay Tambagan was one of the affected barangays. 11 households were totally damaged. The natural disaster became a challenge for the barangay and its officials having been also affected by the typhoon and there were families displaced during that time. The damaged houses were caused by the overflowing of a nearby river.

The community was traumatized with this experience and caused them to fear it may happen again. This prompted the barangay to seek assistance for a proposed flood control structure from various agencies, this, however, did not get a positive result.

When the 2nd cycle of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS started, the community did not hesitate to grab the opportunity to participate in the program’s activities, armed with the hope of having their flood control structure funded.

Leonides D. Rañoa, the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Secretary facilitating the attendance during a barangay assembly of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS in Barangay Tambagan, Medina, Misamis Oriental.

The community volunteers and residents of Tambagan supported the project through attending barangay assemblies, and participating in barangay and municipal activities which introduced them to process of Community-Driven Development (CDD). They also attended capacity building activities to help them manage their community sub-project.

The Community Volunteers and paid skilled laborers of Barangay Tambagan, Medina, Misamis Oriental work together to complete the construction of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS funded community sub-project – a flood control structure.

True enough, with hard work and dedication of the community volunteers, Tambagan became one of the 7 prioritized barangays for the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS 2nd cycle implementation. The community people were happy with the funding of the Construction of 150-Linear Meter Flood Control Structure through the program, as this was identified as their top need during the Barangay Participatory Situational Analysis Workshop. The total project cost of the sub-project is P4,252,929.00 with Local Counterpart Contribution of P18,000.00 from Municipal Local Government Unit.

Leonides D. Rañoa, 51, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Secretary, and is also the secretary of the barangay said “Dili lalim ang pag prepara sa mga papel hilabi na nga bag o pami nakasinati sa Kalahi-CIDSS ug daghan kaayo ang porma nga usahay makalibog. Kinahanglan usab ko mubisita sa area kung aha nakabutang ang sub-project para mag monitor kung naa ba kini progress. Lisod tungod kai naa usab koy kabilinggan sa barangay (Since I have so much duties in my barangay, I can say that I had a hard time understanding what Kalahi-CIDSS is all about and especially the preparation of the forms confuses me sometimes. I also need to visit areas where sub-project was located and to monitor if it has progress)”

Ms. Leonides took these difficulties as a challenge. This was never a hindrance for her knowing that the construction of a flood control structure will benefit the entire community. She became one of the instruments in gaining the support of the community people.

Ako ang usa nga mag-pahibalo sa council ug sa mga katawhan aron sila manambong pag mag asembliya ug kung adunay mga aktibidadis sa barangay, mu-contact ko sa mga 4Ps Parent Leaders aron mapahibalo nila ang ilang mga sakop (I am the one who informs the barangay council and the residents that we all need to attend the barangay assemblies and other activities of the barangay, I even contact all 4Ps Parent Leaders so the beneficiaries can attend)” said Leonides.

Nagbunga gyud ang among kahago. Dako kaayo among pasalamat nga na fundingan mi sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, mao kini ang nakatubag sa dugay ra nga pangandoy nga flood control, ug tungod niini wala nay balay nga manga guba ug wala nai kahadlok ang mga tao nga basin mautro nasad ang panghitabo sauna ug tungod sa sub-project matagaan ug kompyansa ang mga katawhan nga luwas sila sa katalagman (Our hard work paid off. We are thankful that DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS funded our flood control structure because of this, the houses are now safe and the community is less fearful now that the disaster will be repeated, and because of the sub-project, our community are now confident that they will be safe from harm)” Leonides concludes.

Construction of a 150-Linear Meter Flood Control Structure in Barangay Tambagan, Medina, Misamis Oriental funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Program

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS ensures that communities are actively involved in the process from start to end. Not only are they given direct access and control of the funds for their community projects, they also have the opportunity to participate in making key development decisions for their communities.

In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and its community volunteers are advocating for Community-Driven Development (CDD) institutionalization in the local governments for the continuation and sustainability of its gains and empowered communities.

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Empowered community volunteers complete DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Health Station

Story by Sohanida H. Tawano, Community Empowerment Facilitator

The completed 1-unit Barangay Health Station community sub-project in Maribojoc, with a P898,276.00 fund from the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, and a P100,000.00 local counterpart from the barangay development fund of Maribojoc.

Access to an efficient health care facility and care services in the Philippines is one of the top priorities for our government; however, geographically challenged communities do not always have access to such. Barangay Maribojoc in Tudela, Misamis Occidental, is one of these communities.

The nearest health station is located at Barangay Canibungan Proper, Tudela, Misamis Occidental which is 5 kilometers away from Maribojoc and the nearest trail to the area is to cross the Timus river.

This changed when a government program aimed at empowering communities showed them that together – through volunteerism, the community can work to have better accessibility to health services and a comfortable health station.

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) helped Barangay Maribojoc in their quest to provide their own community with a proper health care facility.

The Community Volunteers of Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS workers facilitated a series of barangay assemblies and processes to inform of the community on the possibilities of realizing a solution to their problem. During the series of assemblies and other community empowerment activities, the community volunteers of Barangay Maribojoc proposed a barangay health station as a solution to their lack of access to basic health care services.

This lead to the construction of a 1-unit Barangay Health Station community sub-project in Maribojoc, with a P898,276.00 fund from the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, and a P100,000.00 local counterpart from the barangay development fund of Maribojoc.

Volunteers and paid laborers during the construction of the 1-unit Barangay Health Station community sub-project in Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental.

Josephine P. Oracion, 51, of Purok 1, Barangay Maribojoc was selected by their community to act as the, Community and Monitoring Team Chairperson narrates the difficulties in implementing the sub-project “so far, sa pag implementar sa among proyekto wala mi na encounter nga problema nga dako nga nakahatag og babag sa among proyekto, mga ginagmay lang susama anang usahay ma-delatar og is aka adlaw ang delivery sa materyales (so far, we did not encounter a big problem during the implementation that hampered our construction, it was minor like a delay of one day due to late delivery of construction materials).

Ang among solusyon na gibuhat kay silbi isip volunteers og aduna man mi tagsa-tagsa ka katungod, so procurement committee maoy gitahasan nga mag follow up sa delivery aron ma fast track ang implementation sa among sub-project (we solved this by delegating our procurement committee to constantly follow-up on the delivery of materials to fast track the sub-project)” Josephine said.

One of the problems identified by the volunteers during the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA) was not having accessible road and lack of water supply, “pasalamat kaayo mi nga adunay naka pondo gikan sa laing ahensya sa maong problema kay ang road concreting on going na ang implementation og ang patubig kay gihulat nalang ma download ang pondo sa barangay para masugdan ang proyekto. Panahon sa among Participatory Situational Analysis nga workshop, ang health station ang nag top 1 kay nasuta namo nga tanan katawhan ang maka benepisyo niini (we are thankful that another agency funded the projects needed to address the problems, the road concreting is now underway and the water system project is awaiting funds downloading from another agency. During the Participatory Situational Analysis, the health station was our top priority as the entire community will benefit from this)” said Josephine.

Dako kaayo kini og katabang sa amoa nga isip usa ka lumolupyo sa among barangay ilabi na sa pag imuunization sa mga bata kay sa una sa Multi-purpose Hall ra ipahiluna ang pag immunize sa mga bata og kini dili maayo kay possible makahatag kini og epekto kay makalanghap sila og dili maayo na polusyon tungod kay open area ang multi-purpose. Ikaduha dili na mahasol ang mga barangay health workers nga mutabok pa sa suba para lang maka duty tungod ka yang ilang cluster office ay naa sa pikas barangay, og karon kay nalipay kayo mi ilabi na ang mga barangay health workers namo nga nakaangkon na gyod og kaugalingon nga health station (This health station is a big help for all of us here in Maribojoc, especially for the immunization of the children, before, the immunization takes place in a multi-purpose hall which is very harmful for the children as they might inhale polluted air since the multi-purpose hall is an open space. Also, we the Health Workers will no longer traverse the Timus River to report for duty at a health station on another barangay)” said Josephine.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteers of Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental pose for posterity during the turnover ceremony of the community sub-project – Construction of 1-Unit Barangay Health Station. Josephine Oracion (right) 51 year old DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer, is the Monitoring and Inspection Committee Chairperson and Virginia Jawom (5th from right) is the Barangay Health Worker and volunteer for the Operation and Maintenance committee of Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental.

Isip usa ka Barangay Health Worker (BHW) og Community Volunteer sa Operation and Maintenance group mapasalamaton kaayo nga naka baton mi og kaugalingon nga health station kay dili nami mahasol nga muadto pa sa Barangay Canibungan para didto mag duty, dako kini og tabang sa amo nga BHWs kay dili  na mi magplite og usahay walay kung walay ikaplite mutabok mig sa Timos River para lang maka duty (As a Barangay Health Worker and community volunteer of the operation and maintenance group, I am thankful that we already have a health station, we no longer have difficulty in crossing to Barangay Canibungan to report for duty and we can save on transportation fare)” said by Virginia D. Jawom resident of Barangay Maribojoc.

Nalipay kaayo ko nga naabot ang DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program sa Maribojoc tungod kay maayo ang proseso nga ilang gi implement mao ang CDD diin kami nga lumulupyo sa barangay gihatagan og higayon nga makahibalo ilabi na sa maayong pagpadagan sa pangobyerno. Nindot kaayo ang proseso tungod kay kami mismo nga lumulupyo sa barangay ang maglihok o magdumala sa kinatibuk-an implementasyon sa program gikan sa pag assembly ngadto sa pag ila sa top 1 priority problem hangtod sa pag tukod sa sub-project, nindot kaayo ni nga proseso nga gamiton sa mga local government tungod kay mahatagan og higayon ang mga lumulupyo sa barangay (I am also happy that DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program reached our barangay, the process called the Community-driven development (CDD) empowers our community and we are given authority and control over our decisions and resources as well as to construct our sub-project. This is a good process to be use by the local government units because this really empowers the community and gives them opportunity)” concludes Josephine.

The community is hopeful that more people would visit their place and they will embrace the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community-Driven Development approach. Community-Driven Development (CDD) is an approach that gives the community control of the development process, resources and decision making authority and regarded as the best assessors of the needs that their communities. The communities also have the responsibility of implementing, managing, and operating the sub-projects they have planned as well as maintaining them.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS ensures that communities are actively involved in the process from start to end. Not only are they given direct access and control of the funds for their community projects, they also have the opportunity to participate in making key development decisions for their communities.

In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and its community volunteers are advocating for Community-Driven Development (CDD) institutionalization in the local governments for the continuation and sustainability of its gains and empowered communities.

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Bukidnon community thrives on CDD

Story by Marilou G. Gonzaga, Community Empowerment Facilitator & Krizzia Lynn L. Magaway, Municipal Coordinating Team
Community Empowerment Facilitator

Farming serves as one of the biggest source of income for Filipinos. Despite modernization, the Philippines still thrives in agriculture.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) provides a program to our farmers for the continual progress of our agricultural system.

Barangay San Antonio East, Don Carlos, Bukidnon is known as an agricultural municipality, incidentally, it was during the harvest season when DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS workers introduced the program to the community.

A series of barangay assemblies were conducted giving the residents a glimpse of the myriad of possibilities this community empowerment program brings to San Antonio East. One of the program’s unique features is the Participatory Situational Analysis (PSA). This is a process in the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS where community volunteers undertake community-level research, identify the key factors in the community that cause poverty, and identify a range of possible solutions to address these problems.

The Community Volunteers and officials of Barangay San Antonio East with the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS workers pose during the groundbreaking ceremony for the community sub-project – Construction of 14.00×28.00 meter Solar Drier with 32 square meter Warehouse.

The PSA resulted with the community agreeing that their community sub-project should be a solar drier with warehouse. This would help boost the farmers’ income in the community as there would now be a nearby facility to dry their agricultural products.  

“Mao gyud ni ang labing maayo ug makatabang pagdaku sa kadaghanan sa katawhan dinhi sa among komunidad, aron dili na maglisod pa sa pagbulad sa among mga abot (this is really good and will really help the majority of the people in our community, it will no longer be difficult for us to dry our farm products)” says one of the farmer leaders in the community, Arturo V. Abregana, a former Barangay Captain who is now a DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairperson.

The solar drier facility will benefit at least 200 households in San Antonio East.

The community volunteers during a barangay assembly discussed
the status and progress of the sub-project construction

The volunteers in the community worked hand-in-hand and participated in processing documents and other necessary preparations to make sure their community sub-project proposal is realized.

However, during the 1st Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF), San Antonio East’s proposed community sub-project was not prioritized.

The MIBF is a practice on collective decision making and ensure that the resources will fund projects that are most needed in the municipality.

It also serves as the venue for the processing of experiences brought about by project prioritization and other activities. It is also one of the venues for the resolution of complaints/grievance related to the violation of policies, principles and implementation guidelines.

This did not stop the community. The next MIBF gave another opportunity to the community volunteers of San Antonio East, Don Carlos, Bukidnon. This time, the community sub-project earned a spot as one of the prioritized barangays – without hesitation, the barangay committed to contribute for the remaining amount in order for their vision to be realized – this is also known as the Local Counterpart Contribution (LCC).

The community volunteers and workers during the construction of the warehouse building.

The 14.00 x 28.00 meter solar drier with 32 square meter warehouse facility is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS with a P1,114,016.98 grant and a P313,251.43 local counterpart from Barangay San Antonio East.

The community encountered a lot of problems during the implementation and construction of the sub-project, which started in May of 2018, brought about by heavy rains and other weather disturbances, but the resilient community volunteers pulled through and finally completed the construction of the facility in November of 2018.

The completed 14.00 x 28.00 meter solar drier with 32 square meter warehouse facility is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS with a P1,114,016.98 grant and a P313,251.43 local counterpart from Barangay San Antonio East.

Community-Driven Development (CDD) is an approach that gives the community control of the development process, resources and decision making authority and regarded as the best assessors of the needs that their communities. The communities also have the responsibility of implementing, managing, and operating the sub-projects they have planned as well as maintaining them.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS ensures that communities are actively involved in the process from start to end. Not only are they given direct access and control of the funds for their community projects, they also have the opportunity to participate in making key development decisions for their communities.

In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and its community volunteers are advocating for Community-Driven Development (CDD) institutionalization in the local governments for the continuation and sustainability of its gains and empowered communities.

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Community Volunteers complete DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS school building project

Story by Ferdinand V. Lofranco, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Empowerment Facilitator

Access to Education is on top of everyone’s list, however, many communities here in the Philippines lack the opportunity to proper school facilities – Barangay Corrales in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental is no exception.

Those coming from mountainous places traverse rivers or long walks (oftentimes with no footwear) and on very rough, muddy roads just to get to class causing others to give up in going to school.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) facilitated a series of barangay assemblies for the possibility of improving the road for the convenience of the children and the community of Barangay Corrales Jasaan, Misamis Oriental.

The real struggle of the students of this barangay is they have to travel on foot from their respective houses to Barangay Aplaya where the school is situated and that is approximately a 5-kilometer walk everyday just to attend classes which resulted in them getting home late at night and puts the lives of these students in danger especially girls.

Nestor V. Tumapon, 65, is the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Chairperson of Barangay Corrales, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. Here, Nestor poses near the site of the construction of 1 Unit, 2 Classroom school building sub-project in Barangay Corrales.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairman Nestor V. Tumapon, 65, of Purok 1, Barangay Corrales says “Among mga estudyante nag-antus gyud og baktas kada adlaw arun lamang maka tungha sa pagskwela kay wala gyud high school dinhi sa among barangay busa lisod gyud para sa amoa (Our students have been suffering from hiking 5 kilometers everyday just to get to school since we don’t have a high school here in our barangay and it’s not easy).”

Nestor also says “Ang katawhan gyud nagkauyon og pagtukod sa eskwelahan para sa Highschool students (The community agreed to propose a school building specially for the high school students).”

The Barangay Corrales Community decided that the community sub-project will be a Construction of 1 Unit, 2 Classroom School Building as they embrace the community-driven development approach after it was introduced to them by the DSWD workers.

“Isa pud ka problema dinhi sa among barangay mao ang lisod ang dalan pero ang munisipyo naghagtag og dugang pundo sa barangay. Panahon sa Participatory Situational Analysis sa Kalahi-CIDSS, ang eskwelahan gyud ang number one nga among prioridad kay tanan ang maka-benepisyo niini. (One of the problems of Barangay Corrales is the lack of roads. The Municipal Local Government Unit also provided the fund for the said project it’s already under construction. During our Participatory Situational Analysis workshop of Kalahi-CIDSS, the construction of the school building was the top priority since it would be beneficial to all residents)” said Nestor.

The construction of 1 Unit, 2 Classroom school building sub-project in Barangay Corrales is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, the total project cost of P1,726,400.00 with a local counterpart of P93,000.00 from the barangay and municipal local government units.

The construction of 1 Unit, 2 Classroom school building sub-project in Barangay Corrales, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, the total project cost of P1,726,400.00 with a local counterpart of P93,000.00 from the barangay and municipal local government units.

The community of Barangay Corrales, parents, and local officials alike are grateful to have the school building finally constructed. They no longer worry of having their children walk home, especially late at night, since the school is now just a 5-minute walk from their respective houses.

Community-Driven Development (CDD) is an approach that gives the community control of the development process, resources and decision making authority and regarded as the best assessors of the needs that their communities. The communities also have the responsibility of implementing, managing, and operating the sub-projects they have planned as well as maintaining them.

In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and its community volunteers are advocating for Community-Driven Development (CDD) institutionalization in the local governments for the continuation and sustainability of its gains and empowered communities.

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CV Cyrus: ‘By volunteering, you can learn a lot about a community rather than just reading about it’

by Van Lee More Z. Guevara, Community Empowerment Facilitator

Don Carlos, Bukidnon is home to Lake Pinamaloy, a freshwater lake with an estimated area of 60 hectares. The lake is the main source of potable water for the municipality as well as a potent tourist attraction.

Don Carlos’ commercial activities are dominated by establishments such as sari-sari stores. More than 300 establishments in the municipality engage in retailing, merchandising, food and beverage, catering and servicing.

Don Carlos is also an agricultural municipality. Its climate and fertile agricultural lands make its agriculture industry a potent and productive one, with 70% of its total land area dedicated to the production of various crops.

Don Carlos is the future home of the proposed Bukidnon Domestic Airport which will be located at the unused former Maraymaray Airstrip in the municipality’s Barangay Maraymaray.

These developments are a welcome sight for the communities of Don Carlos, communities like Barangay Bocboc have also embraced a more grassroots style of development – this is the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach. CDD is a community empowerment program implemented through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).

According to the community, the people named the barangay as “Bocboc”, a term referring to a certain grass which is abundant in the community; it also means “Kabugta” (decaying) in the Manobo term. However, the present community shows that they are alive and well.

Community volunteer Cyrus Sevilla Banay, 49, is the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee’s (BSPMC) Audit and Inventory Committee Chairperson of Barangay Bocboc, Don Carlos, Bukidnon. Cyrus is an engineer by profession.

“Does retirement mean you can longer be a productive member of the community?” Cyrus asked himself once, but he later discovers that retirement is not the end of his road.

“I have been volunteering for six years as lead foreman in the Barangay Bocboc Community,” says Cyrus.

“The main reason is to be able to give back to my society. Also, I feel like I have a duty and responsibility for myself and the community” continued Cyrus. 

Cyrus Sevilla Banay, 49, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteer, is the Audit and Inventory Committee Chairperson Barangay Bocboc, Don Carlos, Bukidnon.

His skill as an engineer comes in handy in community works. Cyrus holds a Bachelor and Masters in Electrical Engineering and says that “volunteering has been a great experience for me, I enjoy what I am doing; one can always find volunteering opportunities, because there are a lot of them around.”

There is one thing in particular Cyrus enjoys about volunteering – the good he does. “I feel good when I go through the helping process for the day and indeed somebody is helped. The greatest thing that I enjoy is the challenges you face when helping someone and the satisfaction that you get when you succeed. Above all, when the people really show that they appreciate the effort I put into their lives.”

“I have learned a real sense of satisfaction in accomplishing things. I have to learn to be patient, by putting myself in someone else’s shoes. I have learned to appreciate other problems the community face apart from the present problem that one may be working on” says Cyrus.

“I think it’s great to do a thing like that. There are a number of different things to be done. You can match different skills just to help. By volunteering, you can learn a lot about a community rather than just reading about it. I’m blessed & I thank God for every day, for everything that happened for me” concludes Cyrus.

Cyrus Sevilla Banay, prepares the layout for the .30 kilometer Barangay Access Road at Barangay Bocboc, Don Carlos, Bukidnon.

Barangay Bocboc completed a DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Sub-Project in 2016 which is the Construction of 14.00 meter x 28.00 meter Solar Drier with a 32 square meter Warehouse Building located at Purok 7 Barangay Bocboc, Don Carlos, Bukidnon with a total sub-project cost of P1,134,946.78 with the BSPMC Chair Gerladine Magsayo leading the volunteers. Farmers can now use the facilities to dry, weigh and stock their produce through this sub-project. The Solar Drier and Warehouse is fully functional and operated by the volunteers association which is Security and Exchange Commission registered and is BIR registered, complete with official receipts.

The community of Barangay Bocboc also accomplished their current DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS funded sub-project which is the .30 kilometer Barangay Access Road which complements the solar drier and warehouse facility – to give the farmers better accessibility to the market where they intend to sell their produce. The barangay access road’s total project cost is P2,737,492.04.

The construction of the solar drier and warehouse in Barangay Bocboc is a welcome development in the barangay, since farmers from the area used to bring their products to another town, particularly in Kadingilan, which is almost an hour away. This quadruples their expenses just to get their products to the market.

Today, farmers from the barangay and neighboring barangays can easily dry and store their products in Barangay Bocboc. Drying of their products at Bocboc only costs P3.00 per small sack and P5.00 per big sack, wherein other facilities in other barangays would cost P10.00. This is also complimented by the construction of the .30 kilometer barangay access road which makes transport of agricultural products to the market easier.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and its community volunteers are advocating for Community-Driven Development (CDD) institutionalization in the local governments for the continuation and sustainability of its gains and empowered communities.

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Empowering communities through CDD

By Evangelina B Blaya, Community Empowerment Facilitator

The Municipality of Aloran in Misamis Occidental is a fourth class municipality with a total of 27,625 people according to the 2015 population census. The municipality 38 barangays and is blessed with the Mimolan Falls – covered with a thick forest that is abundant with rare flora and fauna in Barangay Roxas and Macubon Shrine Natural Spring and beaches, and is also home to the “Bunga Dag Tabinal Festival” in September of each year.  

Amidst these natural beauties, Aloran’s communities still long for access to some necessary basic services.

Labo is one of the 38 barangays in Aloran that lacks road access, aside from the dangers lurking behind each muddy, treacherous trip on the trails – it is quite difficult for them to deliver their farm commodities to the market, as they lack a decent access road.

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) reached the Municipality of Aloran, Misamis Occidental bringing along opportunities for the beneficiaries.

The community of Barangay Labo is now able to participate in nation building through community-driven development; through capacity building activities and seminars, they acquire knowledge on how to implement, monitor, and sustain the program and their community sub-project.

Barangay Labo, Aloran, Misamis Occidental declarated that the community was deprived of a safe and comfortable trip to and fro the barangay, adding that the farm products, which are the main source of their income, were constantly damaged during delivery due to a very rough road, forcing them to sell these on cheaper prices.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS facilitated a series of barangay assemblies in Labo and discussed processes that introduced the community to the possibilities of improving their accessibility to the main town which is 2 kilometers away from their barangay.

The community decided that the community sub-project will be the concreting of 0.184 kilometer barangay road (with reinforced concrete single barrel box culvert) which spans from Barangay Labo proper to the municipality proper. 

The community and residents of Labo are hopeful that through this sub-project people and vehicles can now pass the road with ease,

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteers of Barangay Labo during the construction of the Farm-to-Market road community sub-project.

The entire community fully embraced the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach after it was introduced to them by the DSWD staff.

Felix Tayone, 50, of Purok 2, Barangay Labo was selected by their community to act as the Procurement Implementation Team Chairperson narrates the difficulties they face on a day-to-day basis, “lisod, ang dalan ilabina kung ting –ulan ang mga studyante magkalapok-lapok ang mga sapatos ug galisod ang mga mag-uuma sa pagdala sa ilang mga produkto padulong sa merkado (the road was difficult, during rainy days, students always get their shoes muddy and farmers have difficulty in bringing their produce to the market).”

“Dako kini og katabang sa amoa nga mga taga Labo,(this is really of big help for us in Labo)” concludes Felix.

The farm-to-market road community sub-project in Barangary Labo is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS amounting to P1,310,122.00 with P140,00.00 local counterpart from the Barangay Development Fund of Labo.

Community-driven development (CDD) refers to an emerging approach in community development practice where processes, principles, strategies and resources are applied to ensure community empowerment by giving the people authority and control over decisions and resources. In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Program.

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Success requires Sacrifice

BSPMC Treasurer Evangeline Curtina (2nd person from the left) during the technical assistance given by MFA Judith Feliciano

by Maria Dina L. Heramis, Municipal Financial Analyst of Medina, Misamis Oriental

Evangeline Curtina, 59, a Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) treasurer and a Bids and Awards Committee head of their community, a mother of 6 children who’s willing to sacrifice her own time and efforts for the success of their 300m Farm-to-Market Road community sub-project in Barangay Bangbang, Medina, Misamis Oriental. This is implemented and 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).

This community sub-project, completed in May of 2018, would not have been successful if not for the perseverance and grit of Evangelina and her co-volunteers.

Evangeline said that it was not easy being the BSPMC treasurer, and that it is a big responsibility and very challenging. Despite all the challenges, she is still grateful for the program’s staff that guided the volunteers on the process by providing technical assistance. Evangeline is also thankful for the series of capability trainings which gave her the confidence, skills, and knowledge necessary in handling such responsibility.

She also said “It was not easy to handle this kind of project especially in doing paper works, audits, completion of attachments for the cheque to be released, disbursements and doing fiduciary work. Through these activities I gained knowledge in every transaction that you have to undergo thorough checking.”

Evangeline is also thankful that the program encourages women participation in the workforce during community sub-project construction.

She says “I am thankful for the help of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS for all the learning they provided to our community even if we are from a remote area. The opportunity and project implemented in our barangay unites us more.”

Community-Driven Development (CDD) is an approach that gives the community control of the development process, resources and decision making authority and regarded as the best assessors of the needs that their communities. The communities also have the responsibility of implementing, managing, and operating the sub-projects they have planned as well as maintenance.

In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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4Ps Parent Leader heads Community-Driven Development project

by Michie Lou Cruda, Community Empowerment Facilitator

Being a volunteer is not easy, especially if it is for the progress of a certain community; it needs time, perseverance and heartfelt service. It is rare that we see a person who has the guts to take charge without doubt and hesitation. This is Delia Daung, a 50-year old widow and resident of Barangay Pahindong, Medina, Misamis Oriental.

Delia is a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Parent Leader, a barangay records keeper, and the president of Pahindong Women’s Association, and a Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) association leader in their barangay.

Amidst these responsibilities, it did not stop Delia from volunteering in 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). She was chosen as the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairperson.

“Nagka-interes ko sa Kalahi-CIDSS tungod kay isa kini ka pamaagi nga makatubag sa ubay-ubay nga problema sa among barangay kung gani among barangay maprioridad nga matagaan ug pondo sa programa (I got interested with Kalahi-CIDSS because it’s also an answer to a lot of problems that our barangay is facing, if we will be given fund priority provided by the program) said Delia.

The conduct of the Barangay Participatory Situational Analysis (BPSA) resulted that the people’s main problem is lack of road lighting, which endangers residents, especially at night. To address the problem, their proposed project of the Installation of a 40-unit Solar Street Lights system was granted by the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS through the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA) which prioritized their barangay as a recipient of the grant and the local government unit’s counterpart.

Delia, and the rest of the community volunteers of Barangay Pahindong, went through challenges that made them question their individual capacities – some even questioned Delia’s leadership skills, this almost made Delia give up the BSPMC chairmanship.

However, Delia managed to continue working and collaborating with her co-volunteers and together, they have resolved their issues to push through the completion of their community sub-project.

The installation of the 40 units solar street lights project was successful through “bayanihan” (communal unity, work, cooperation) of the people, barangay local government and the Municipality of Medina, Misamis Oriental.

Delia concludes with the time tested quote “united we stand, divided we fall” and that these experiences taught the people of Medina – to achieve success it is important that individuals possess the necessary qualities of understanding, patience, and respect.

Community-Driven Development (CDD) is an approach that gives the community control of the development process, resources and decision making authority and regarded as the best assessors of the needs that their communities. The communities also have the responsibility of implementing, managing, and operating the sub-projects they have planned as well as maintenance.

In the Philippines, CDD is implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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