LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 17 (PNA) -- The Department of Social and Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Bicol will augment funding support to municipalities in the region, which are currently implementing projects for the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program, to assist them in their recovery efforts after the devastation wrought by typhoon Nina last December 25.
DSWD-Bicol Director Arnel Garcia said that from 2014 to 2019, Php 4.1 billion has been allocated for the Bicol region with Php2.27 billion being utilized by poor villages for the implementation of the “Community-Driven Development or CDD program” of Kalahi-CIDSS.
He said eligible municipalities must be currently implementing Kalahi-CIDSS and have declared a state of calamity as supported by a resolution of their Sangguniang Bayan or municipal councils.
Garcia said there will be a shift from the standard Kalahi-CIDSS processes and operations to “Disaster Response Operations Procedures (or DROP)” in the allocation of funds to the various municipalities.
He said the funds for the early recovery efforts of the areas devastated by typhoon Nina will be directly provided to the villages.
He said DSWD-Bicol has set certain fixed criteria for providing grants to the targeted disaster-affected areas.
These are the population of the barangays that relies on the results of the latest census; poverty incidence as generated from the DSWD National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or NHTS-PR; and the extent of damage as measured by the percentage of damaged households or other available data that would allow comparison across all barangays.
Garcia said grants under the program will be allocated based on the severity of damage.
“Thus, barangays will be categorized into three groups--severely damaged or affected, moderately damaged and least affected,” he said.
Garcia said the priorities and ranking of all villages in a municipality will be conducted based on the given criteria.
“The non-prioritized villages will be referred to their local government units or other national government agencies,” he said.
Garcia said the Kalahi-CIDSS Engineering Unit has been visiting at random municipalities and villages in Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Albay to assess the extent of damages to sub-projects and gather relevant data to enhance the design of future sub-projects.
“Based on the initial data they gathered last January 11, there were 118 damaged sub-projects out of the 2,806 funded sub-projects under Kalahi-CIDSS from 2002 up to the present,” he said. (PNA) LAP/GVR/CBD/EDS