The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS IPCDD field staff in Tudela, Misamis Occidental, successfully turned over 3 Tribal halls to Subanen communities in barangay Mitugas, Buenavista and Gala, which form part of Tudela’s Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA). Each project received Php840,000 community grant under the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNan (PAMANA) program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) in collaboration with DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

Stakeholders pose for a photo during the turnover activity in Barangay Gala, Tudela, Mis. Occ., August 7, 2020

Tudela Mayor Samuel L. Parojinog underscored the excellent implementation of Kalahi projects in his municipality, citing the efficient allocation of funds and the quality of the projects undertaken. He applauded the Community-driven development (CDD) strategy of the Kalahi-CIDSS in reaching out to IP members of the community in empowering them to take control over their decisions and resources through the CDD process.

The establishment of Tribal halls in Tudela are avenues to promote peace and development, with the aim to strengthen their unique identity as IPs. The Subanens have been yearning to have their own place of meeting, which is now finally granted through the project.

DSWD Regional Director Mari Flor Dollaga personally attended one of the turn over activities, particularly in barangay Buenavista, and expressed her joy for the progress involving the IPs in Tudela.

Two more Tribal halls namely, Namut and Colambutan settlement in Tudela will have their inauguration and turn over scheduled on September.

3 Day Care centers, road, and a weaving center are set for Kalahi Cycle 2 projects in the same barangays.