Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Poor Bicol villages get PHP689M for school buildings
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, June 21 (PNA) -- Poor villages in need of additional classrooms in Bicol have received a total grant of PHP689 million for the construction, rehabilitation and repair of 473 school buildings from 2002 to the present from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

DSWD Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia on Tuesday said the financial assistance was given under the community-driven development (CDD) program of DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) that seeks to help alleviate poverty.

Of the total school buildings, there have been 254 already completed and the rest are under construction.

These will benefit 115,737 households, Garcia said.

Luz Jubelo, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary of Donsol, Sorsogon, said classrooms are vital for her children’s education so she proactively participated in the construction of their one unit, three-classroom school building in Barangay Dancalan, which was implemented through Kalahi-CIDSS.

Projects under Kalahi-CIDSS following the CDD approach are identified by the residents themselves and funded based on the approval of the people through the Barangay Assembly and undergoes the public’s consensual decision in the municipal prioritization activity called Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF).

The management of funds and resources are directly given to the elected residents of their respective projects with the assistance of the barangay and municipal local government units (LGUs).

To date, LGUs provided their local counterpart contribution of PHP69.9 million for these school buildings.

“Ang tutok ng Kalahi-CIDSS ay CDD. Ibig sabihin, magkakasama ang mamayan na susuriin ‘yung kanilang sitwasyon at sila ‘yung magtutukoy kung ano ‘yung mahalagang proyekto na nagbibigay solusyon sa kanilang nakitang pangunahing problema (The focus of Kalahi-CIDSS is CDD. Meaning, the citizens come together to review their situation and they will also identify important projects that will provide solutions to their main problems found),” Garcia quoted DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman as saying.

The operations of the CDD approach expanded into a national scale, which was tried and proven effective by Kalahi-CIDSS.

There are 101 poor municipalities in Bicol that have under expansion from 2014 to 2019 with a total of grant of PHP4.5 billion.

From 2002 to present, there have been 4,283 community-identified projects that will provide basic access infrastructures, basic social services, community production, economic support and common service facilities and environment protection and conservation in 106 municipalities for Bicol Region alone.(PNA) FFC/FGS/EPS/CBD