Media practitioners from the Province of La Union and staff from the Community Service Center of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) explored the prioritized subprojects of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP) in the Municipality of Bagulin, La Union.
The Tour increased the awareness of the partners of the results of Community-Driven Development (CDD) where people play the key role in their community’s progress.
The Media and NCIP Tour started with a brief orientation on the Program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The agency partners visited three of the four subprojects in Bagulin after a courtesy call to Municipal Mayor Ferdinand Tumbaga. Community Empowerment Facilitators Lorena Cariazo and Christopher Ryan Erfe accompanied the party through the Tour.
The participants visited the PhP 826,136.44-worth Day Care Center of Barangay Suyo. Community volunteers gave their testimonials and actively answered questions asked by the Media.
The party moved to Barangay Cambaly and took a stroll to the 200-meter barangay access road that was concreted by the community members. The amount of the subproject totaled to PhP 518,967.37.
The last stop was at Barangay Libbo where the construction of a Health Station is on-going. NCIP CSC Head Adela Nengasca also went on narrating her experience in advocating for the protection of the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Health Station that will cater to the residents of the far-flung barangay costs PhP 1,006,412.65.
The Tour was also attended by the Philippine Information Agency and was facilitated by the Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Program Management Office. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Regional Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP)