Issue of June 10, 2018
Mt. Province

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DSWD assures enough budget for community–based dev’t projects
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

Constituents in the Cordillera are urged to be prompt and thorough in prioritizing their respective community-based development projects in order to achieve the goal of improving service delivery, poverty reduction, and good governance outcomes.

Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary for Luzon Francisco Domagoso on Tuesday has assured that enough budget is available for community-driven projects granted through the agency’s Kalahi-CIDSS program, and is just waiting to be availed by local government units and its communities.

“As far as budget is concerned, there is enough, billions of it as I was informed, for implementation. It just depends on how prompt and focused communities are in submitting their project proposals that they decide to prioritize,” Domagoso said.

The DSWD official was in Baguio City to get updates from local officials and community leaders in the region on its accomplishments in the of implementation of various DSWD programs.

The DSWD Cordillera through Regional Director Janet Armas reported that 352 out of the 375 subprojects in the region or 94 percent of the target that have allotted budget have been completed from 2015 to 2018. The remaining 23 projects are targeted for completion until June 30.

Funded projects ranged from bridges, community centers, day care centers, flood control infrastructure, school buildings to water systems.

A total of 59 projects, worth P130 billion still need allocations and were presented to Domagoso by LGU officials and community leaders during the forum. He assured that these proposals will be deliberated on and considered for approval by the central office.

The development objective of Kalahi-CIDSS is to have barangays or communities of targeted municipalities become empowered to achieve improved access to services and to participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation. 

It helps communities in poor municipalities identify challenges around reducing poverty and make informed decisions on a range of locally identified options for development, including how this is made and in what form; gives control of resources to address local poverty to communities; and builds the capacity of both state (including local governments) and civil society stakeholders to provide assistance and respond to calls for support from poor communities as they implement development initiatives.

Domagoso added that the DSWD has other programs that the public may avail but are not aware of even until this time, such as immediate medical and educational payouts for youths and assistance for people in dire need due to personal crises.

As awareness on DSWD programs remains a challenge, he said a technical working group is currently working on innovating information dissemination so that programs and services are effectively brought down to the people.

“We admit na kailangan pa naming maging mas masigasig sa pagpapalaganap ng aming mga programa para sa kaalaman ng mga tao anumang katayuan nila sa buhay sa ngayon, dahil baka someday, mangai-langan sila, at least they will know the requirements when they needed to avail of it such programs in the future,” Domagoso said.

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