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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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More Children found new families through Adoption

With the target to place 16 children for adoption in 2018, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 revealed through its Office Performance Contract Evaluation Report that it was able to place out 19 children instead, reaching 118% against its target.

DSWD-10 installs Adoption Help Desks in SM Malls in Cagayan de Oro City to give information regarding legal adoption during the Adoption Consciousness Month in February 2019.

Aldersey Mumar-de la Cruz, Officer-in-Charge Regional Director of the DSWD Field Office 10, said that this accomplishment shows how much effort the DSWD and its partners have worked together to ensure that the orphaned and those children declared as legally available for adoption are placed in families who they can call home.

De la Cruz also says that the DSWD will continue to intensify its advocacy on legal adoption, inviting potential families to consider legal adoption as one of their options in expanding their families.

According to Sean Pamela Balais, the DSWD is also asking the public to be very vigilant against simulation of birth, an illegal activity that manipulates information in birth certificates which eventually affects the true identity of a child. “We are asking the public to report these cases to DSWD, or to their local social welfare and development offices. This is an offense and should not be taken lightly.”

It is the mandate of the DSWD to protect the rights of the children and to ensure that these rights are being carefully respected by the public. xxxcpt

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Widow: Financial assistance, a great help for those in need

Aralyne T. Balbin, 50 of Iligan City cleans an office daily to earn a minimum daily wage to support her extended family.

As a janitor, Aralyne’s income does not meet her family’s needs.

Being the only child of her family, Aralyne took the responsibility of caring for her aged parents, aside from taking care of her grandchildren and her children who are staying with her. The widow supports the family of her unwed children since the latter has no regular source of income.

Infected with bronchial asthma, Aralyne, a solo parent to seven children, has to divide her meager income for the family’s daily sustenance and for her medicines.

Her agony doesn’t stop there. Aralyne’s father is diagnosed with prostate cancer. Her father has been going in-and-out of the hospital due to the infections and complications brought about by the prostate cancer.

Aralyne felt helpless at that time, finding some remedies to help her defray the cost of hospitalization of her father, aside from the fact that she has to support her family’s needs.

Until she learned that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) helps individuals who are in crisis.

DSWD has various programs and services. Under the Protective Services Division are range of interventions to individuals, families, and communities who are in crisis or difficult situations, such as those affected by or vulnerable to disasters.

As such, the provision of Assistance to Individuals/Families in Crisis Situation (AICS). The AICS, enhanced on 2015, is offered to every opened satellite office in every province of Northern Mindanao for it to become more accessible to individual and families in need of assistance due to unexpected crisis such as illness, loss of love ones and other related crisis situation.

Aralyne went to the satellite office in Iligan City to avail of the AICS.

Dako kaayo og ikatabang sa amoa ang AICS, ilabina 76 years old na akong papa ug uban sa akong mga apo nga walay mga papa na naa sa akoa,” she said. (AICS is a big help to us, especially that my father is now 76 years old and my grandchildren who have no father are staying with me).

Aralyne availed of the educational assistance first for her youngest daughter to augment the educational expenses.

“Insakto kaayo nga naa sa Iligan Sattelite Office sa DSWD ang AICS, dili nako kinahanglan moadto’g Cagayan de Oro o sa Tubod aron makakuha ko,” she said. (It was timely that AICS is offered at Iligan Satellite Office of DSWD, I don’t have to go to Cagayan de Oro City or in Tubod, Lanao del Norte to avail of it.) She added that it answers all her prayers to find money for the enrollment of her youngest daughter.

“I had availed of the medical assistance twice a year for my maintenance medicines. Recently, I availed the assistance for my father and grandchild because they were confined in the hospital,” she disclosed.

Aralyne stressed that AICS program of DSWD really help those people who are in need especially those who loss family members which is very important.

“Ang AICS dako kayo katabang labi na sa namat’yan. Pasalamat jud ko naa financial assistance diri sa DSWD,” she confessed. (AICS is a big help, especially for those whose love ones died, I am thankful of DSWD’s financial assistance).

She rated the program from 1-10 as 10 due to her satisfaction to the implementation of the program and the benefits provided by the program.

She hoped AICS provision will be sustained and will be continually implemented to benefit those who are in need and in crisis.

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Aralyne Balbin, a utility worker, always wear a smile despite the trials in her life like in this photo with her friends from DSWD Satellite Office in Iligan City. Photos grabbed from Aralyne’s Facebook account.


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Filling his shoes: Rodelyn’s CDD Story

Story by Necil H. Bigno, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Empowerment Facilitator


Rodelyn D Cabrera, 37, Purok 2, Lower Sagadan, Baroy, Lanao del Norte taking a break from construction work at the site of the 120 Linear Meter Seawall community sub-project.

Rodelyn D Cabrera, 37, Purok 2, Lower Sagadan, Baroy, Lanao del Norte, is married to Enrico Cabrera and is a mother of two. Enrico is a fisherman, however,  this is not enough to sustain their family’s basic needs.

Rodelyn accepts “labada” (laundry services) from their neighbors. There are times when she even accepts all-around household cleanups. Rodelyn exerts more effort in ways to produce income – other than their children, they are raising three other children, abandoned by her sister who is a widow.

Rodelyn’s family is a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiary, and falls under the level one (or survival stage) based on the social welfare assessment. This means that the family belongs to the poorest of the poor.

Jenny Cabatingan, a 4Ps Municipal Link endorsed the family for prioritization in the work once the construction of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Sub-Project began.

In September of 2016, the community sub-project of Lower Sagadan started, Enrico was among the workforce. Enrico, however, only lasted for a day, fallen ill and unable to continue. The Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) of Lower Sagadan, on the other hand, acknowledged that the family needs the opportunity to work in the construction considering the number of children they raise.

Rodelyn was then advised to continue the work for her husband. This housewife in turn blossomed into a graceful yet vigorous construction worker as the implementation of the community sub-project progressed. Other laborers noticed that Rodelyn was doing the work faster than the others, one enthused that “grabe na si Rodelyn, kung mopala mas paspas pa kaysa sa lalaki, murag wala sa bokabularyo niya ang bughat (Rodelyn is really good, she shovels faster than the men, as if the word relapse isn’t found in her vocabulary).”

Rodelyn says, “pagkahuman nako diri sa construction, moadto pa ko sa bukid para mangahoy kay dili nako masaligan ang akoang bana nga moadto didto kay naay sakit (after I work in the construction site, I still need to go find firewood, I cannot rely on my husband for that, now that he has an illness).”

The community sub-project follows a “shifting” method of cycling through the workforce who are also members of the community, each laborer is allotted a 1-week schedule due to the bulk of interested takers. However, a foreman can recommend for a laborer to continue for other schedules to expedite construction progress, in turn, the laborer will be able to continue working on the following shift.

The foreman took notice of Rodelyn’s hard work and enthusiasm as she is always on the foreman’s list of laborers, “kung naa ang akoa pangalan sa lista maam, motrabaho ko (if my name is on the list, I would really work)” Rodelyn says.

Though the pay she received from working on the sub-project was not enough to sustain daily needs and her husband’s medication, Rodelyn says she is still thankful for the opportunity, and hopes that there could be more community-based projects where the community can earn while implementing the projects.

“Bahalag init o maulanan ko pagkahapon basta tagaan lang ko sa Ginoo ug maayo nga panglawas, motrabaho jud ko para sa akoang pamilya (I don’t mind the heat or rain, as long God gives me good health, I will work for my family)” Rodelyn concludes.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS community subproject in Lower Saganan, Baroy, Lanao del Norte is the construction of a 120 Linear Meter Seawall which stretches from Purok 2 through Purok 5 of the barangay and costs P2,825,874.00. The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS grant of P2,509,291.94 and a local cash counterpart from the Province of Lanao del Norte of P46,946.00.

The Municipality of Baroy also provided a total of P169,853.00, both in cash and in-kind local counterparts. The Barangay Local Government of Lower Sagadan also contributed 10% of their barangay development fund amounting to P32,083.06.

The community of Lower Sagadan also provided a total of P67,700.00 in-kind contributions. The community also accomplished the sub-project within the 90 calendar days stipulated in the sub-project implementation from September to December 2016.

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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A CDD Story: Tatay Eslao

Story by Necil H. Bigno, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Empowerment Facilitator

TATAY ESLAO. Estanislao “Eslao” Singgo, 78, of Purok 1, Lower Sagadan, Baroy, Lanao del Norte was once a farmer in Gingoog City. However, alcohol dependency forced him to return home to Baroy. Having no family of his own, Tatay Eslao lives with his two sisters who are 50 and 54 years old respectively. They were all raised in poverty which he puts it as “isang kahig, isang tuka” (a Filipino term used to describe extreme poverty liking one’s daily life to that of how a chicken gathers food), and were unable to finish their education.


Estanislao “Eslao” Singgo, 78, of Baroy, Lanao del Norte
is photographed during his work shift
as a construction aide of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS
Community Sub-Project in Barangay Lower Sagadan.

Tatay Eslao and his sisters rely heavily on “utang” (loan) from neighbors to sustain their basic daily needs, without any assurance of actually obtaining a loan on a daily basis – or how to pay back the debt.

Neighbors have lent Tatay Eslao, “pasalamat ko kay naay mag-pautang, bisan og bugas, pero kung wala, wala pud ko’y mabuhat (I am thankful that some would lend me some, even rice, but if they can’t, I also cannot do anything about it).”

Prior to the commencement of the implementation of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Sub Project of Lower Sagadan, which is the construction of a 120 Linear Meter Seawall, all purok leaders together with the established Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) convened and informed all skilled and non-skilled residents of the labor opportunity during the construction.

Rollybeth C. Santiago, purok leader of Purok 1 and a member of the BSPMC, immediately informed Tatay Eslao about the opportunity. This sparked Tatay Eslao’s interest and grabbed the chance.

However, on his first day of work shift, Tatay Eslao unfortunately got injured. His left pinky finger was accidentally hit by a sharp, uneven stone during hauling. Because of this, he was relieved from work and was only able to receive a day’s work compensation.

After weeks of being in medical treatment, Tatay Eslao was given a go signal by the BSPMC and the foreman to resume another scheduled work load.

Despite his age, he is optimistic that he would be of help to the community – in ways that he can. He believes that as long as life gave him the strength and perseverance to continue living, he would work to earn, and be grateful.

This gave opportunity for Tatay Eslao to repay his debts to some of the kind-hearted community residents who have also helped him. He is hopeful that other opportunities would come along to uplift his current situation and that of his sisters.

Geotagged photo of the 120 Linear Meter Seawall
community sub-project in Lower Sagadan, Baroy, Lanao del Norte.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS community subproject in Lower Saganan, Baroy, Lanao del Norte is the construction of a 120 Linear Meter Seawall which stretches from Purok 2 through Purok 5 of the barangay and costs P2,825,874.00. The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS grant of P2,509,291.94 and a local cash counterpart from the Province of Lanao del Norte of P46,946.00.

The Municipality of Baroy also provided a total of P169,853.00, both in cash and in-kind local counterparts. The Barangay Local Government of Lower Sagadan also contributed 10% of their barangay development fund amounting to P32,083.06.


120 Linear Meter Seawall community sub-project
in Lower Sagadan, Baroy, Lanao del Norte

In true “bayanihan” (civic unity) spirit, the community also provided a total of P67,700.00 in-kind contributions. The community also accomplished the sub-project within the 90 calendar days stipulated in the sub-project implementation from September to December 2016.

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Lumad Women learn their value through CDD

By Nico B. Capistrano , Former DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Empowerment Facilitator

“kasagara kaming mga babaeng lumad sige ra’g burosan sa among mga bana, ibilin ra sa balay ipagbantay og bata, usahay pasakitan pa… pero dire sa Kalahi-CIDSS gitagaan kami og bili ug importansiya nga naay daghan nga mga butang nga kaya sa mga babae sama sa mga lalake”

Jeraline Arion
BSPMC Chairperson
Barangay Palacpacan,
San Fernando, Bukidnon

Barangay Palacpacan is an isolated barangay of the Municipality of San Fernando, Bukidnon. The road is difficult to access especially during the rainy season. Most of the residents of the barangay are people of the Matigsalug Tribe.

Like the other tribes in Bukidnon, most of the lumads are given less priority from the government projects that would uplift them for a better life.

This is because they have minimal support and most have no access to basic social services within their communities. With this, the only priority they have is to eat and survive.

Time passes and now some of the government agencies are now reaching and responding to address the needs in the community.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is one of the agencies that help address the development of lumad people, providing them basic social services. Among the myriad of programs is the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

Jeraline Arion, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS BSPMC Chairperson of Barangay Palacpacan, San Fernando, Bukidnon, performs during the Regional Community Volunteers’ Congress in Cagayan de Oro City, March 27, 2018.

Jeraline Arion is the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Chairperson (BSPMC) of Barangay Palacpacan, who strives to help the community by participating in government programs provide basic social services and empower the communities.

Jeraline is a Matigsalug and an active Parent Leader of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) leader.

Jeraline Arion says Daghan kaayo kog natun-an sa programa sa Kalahi-CIDSS, dili lamang ang katungod nga magpartisipar sa kalambuan sa Barangay kun dili apil usab nga gitagaan kaming mga Lumad og higayon nga magpartisipar sa programa bisag wala kami nakahuman og skwela (I learned a lot from the Kalahi-CIDSS program, not just having the right to participate in Barangay development, also, we, the Lumad people are given the opportunity to participate in the program even if we have not finished any degree)”

For her, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS is the first government program that gave opportunities to the Lumad people in handling the processes of the activities and giving them the power of decision making.

Women laborers of Barangay Palacpacan, San Fernando, Bukidnon sack aggregates for delivery to the sub-project site.

Through the Kalahi-CIDSS, Jeraline felt that she and her Lumad community now have the voice through the program.

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) is a program under the DSWD that empowers communities. The program uses Community-Driven Development (CDD) as an approach to let the communities identify problems, use available resources, and decide solutions to help the community in order to have access of good basic social services.

390 Meter Barangay Palacpacan Road Concreting Along Purok 1, San Fernando, Bukidnon

The communities are given the opportunities to voice out their needs in the barangay by participating in the local development processes with the help of the non-government organizations, Local Government Units, Area Coordinating Teams (ACT), Sub-Regional Project Management Team (SRMPT), and Regional Project Management Team (RPMT) to ensure that they become actively involved in the local processes.

 “Dili sayon gayud nga mahimong leader sa Kalahi kay kaming mga Lumad wala na-anad magpadayag sa kadaghanan, kay kabalo kami nga wala kami grado nga ikapaghinambog pero tungod sa mga meetings ug trainings sa Kalahi ug pagdumala sa sub-project namo nga Farm-to-Market Road nadasig ako og taas na akong paglantaw sa akong kaugalingon karon kaysa sa una (It is not easy being a Kalahi leader, as we the Lumad people are not used to addressing a lot of people, because we know that we do not have educational degrees to boast for, but because of the meetings and trainings provided by Kalahi and the implementation of our Farm-to-Market Road sub-project – I am now enthusiastic and I now have high regard for myself as compared before)” says Jeraline.

Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC) of Barangay Palacpacan working on the aggregates

This inspired her to continue schooling and graduate from the K-12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd) at the Halapitan National High School, San Fernando, Bukidnon.

Jeraline draws inspiration from the Kalahi-CIDSS community empowerment and gender equality perspective of the program“kasagara kaming mga babaeng lumad sige ra’g burosan sa among mga bana, ibilin ra sa balay ipagbantay og bata, usahay pasakitan pa, pero dili tanang Lumad, og mao ra gyud ang among mabuhat isip mga babae, pero dire sa Kalahi-CIDSS gitagaan kami og bili ug importansiya nga naay daghan nga mga butang nga kaya sa mga babae dili lang ang mga lalake (usually, we, the Lumad women, are just being impregnated by our husbands, left in the house to care for the children, and may be hurt at times – but not all Lumads, and that is all we could do as women, but here in Kalahi-CIDSS we are given value and importance, that there are a lot of things that women can do equally as men do)” Jeraline said.

The program requires women to participate every activity especially during Sub-Project construction of at least 30% of the labor force in order to promote gender equality and importance. 

The implementation of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS in Barangay Palacpacan is not without challenges, Pasalamat mi kay taas kaayo og pasensiya ang among facilitator sa pagtudlo sa amo unsaon paghimo sa mga minutes, pagprepare sa payroll ug bayronon sa mga materyales, pag-inventory sa materyales ug uban pang butang. Bisag lisod kami pasab-ton tungod kay walay nahuman sa pagskwela apan sa among mga kasaypanan wala kami nagmahay kay daghan kamig natun-an sa programa og nabati namo mga Lumad nga kabahin kami sa pagpalambo sa among barangay (we are thankful that our community empowerment facilitator is very patient in teaching us how to draft the minutes of the meetings, payroll preparation, payment and inventory for construction materials and other things. Even if we are very difficult to teach since do not have any formal education, we do not regret being in the Kalahi program. It is here that we Lumad women felt that we can contribute to the progress of our barangay)” Jeraline said.

The program is a good venue for learning different skills such as financial management, Environmental and Social Safeguards, Social Development, Construction Management, Basic Legal Documents, and other things that may help the Lumad community to educate themselves and to boost their confidence.

According to the community, the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS is a blessing to Palacpacan and San Fernando especially to the Lumad people. The Lumad community is given the opportunity through the support of the DSWD and local government units that help them grow and be part of nation building. Jeraline is hoping that the program will continue to help not only the Lumad people but also for those community or tribe who has been left behind that needs support to achieve a better and humane society.

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