Thursday, June 16, 2016

Kalahi-CIDSS hires 47,283 villagers for 1,304 projects
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, June 15 (PNA) -- At least 47,283 villagers have been employed by the Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), receiving total wages amounting to PHP97.6 million, in the construction of 1,304 community-managed projects in almost 99 poor municipalities in Bicol from 2015 to present.

The projects are expected to provide basic access infrastructure, basic social services, community production, economic support and common service facilities and environment protection and conservation.

Each laborer receives a minimum of PHP260 per day, depending on the prevailing rate in the locality, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Arnel Garcia said Wednesday.

The Kalahi-CIDSS is a community-driven development (CDD) program of DSWD aimed to reduce poverty in poor villages.

As part of the gender mainstreaming in Kalahi-CIDSS where men and women are given opportunities in labor works, Kalahi-CIDSS hired a total of 9,202 women in the construction of the community projects with a total labor cost of PHP16.1 million, Garcia said.

Moreover, he added, 37 percent of the 47,283 laborers are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who received a total PHP29.3 million for their salaries.

Necita Mesa of Baao, Camarines Sur, a housewife with three children was one of the residents who built their access road.

Her colleague who belongs to the Barangay Subproject Management Committee (BSPMC), the community implementer of the Kalahi-CIDSS project in their village, recruited her.

“Hiring workers within the community where projects are being constructed will not only give them additional income but also ensure quality workmanship because they themselves are the beneficiaries of these endeavors,” Garcia said.(PNA) FFC/FGS/EPS/CBD