DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS municipalities take over CDD

Focal persons from the Municipal Local Government Units of the 11 DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS areas were oriented on the process of capacity assessment for the LGU-led Program Implementation.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) convened the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the 11 partner-municipalities to prepare them for the upcoming Cycle 4 dubbed as LGU-led Program Implementation where they will be the prime facilitators of the processes and activities of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

For the past three years, the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS through the Area Coordinating Teams (ACTs) facilitated Community-Driven Development (CDD) in the poorest communities of the Region while training their municipal counterparts to conduct the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC). Anchoring on the Program’s objective to improve local governance, Cycle 4 is to be taken over by the LGU who will be handling the conduct of the CEAC and the facilitation of community empowerment.

The participants walked through their accomplishments for the three cycles ─ the rates of participation of residents in Barangay and Municipal activities and the subprojects completed and prioritized in their respective municipalities.

The Program Fluency Workshop conducted on 27-30 September 2017 was attended by the Municipal Mayors, Sangguniang Bayan Members, and Department Heads from the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS areas namely, Alilem, Burgos, Nagbukel, Quirino, Sigay, and Sugpon in the Province of Ilocos Sur; Bagulin, Pugo, San Gabriel, and Santol in La Union; and Burgos, Pangasinan. The workshop focused on preparing these municipalities and formulating an Action Plan for an LGU-led Program implementation.

Various assessment activities will also be conducted to validate the capacity of these municipalities to perform functions that are vital in the Program implementation. All of the 11 areas took the challenge to continue the adoption of CDD in their localities. They believe in the positive impact of the collaborative efforts of the LGU and the local residents.

The LGU-led implementation will commence in January 2018. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS breeds community trailblazers

In investing on human capital and honing capabilities, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Community-Driven Development (CDD) Program, the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), recently conducted the Leadership Training for the community volunteers and members of the Barangay Subproject Management Committee (BSPMC) and officials of the barangays who are beneficiaries of the said Program.

Community volunteers and local officials participate in the various collaboration workshops during the Leadership Training held on 20-23 September 2017 in Baguio City that would hone them to become better leaders.

The Training aimed to let the participants reflect on their capabilities and characteristics that would make them better community leaders and identify situations where these could be applied. As part of facilitating empowerment in the grassroots communities, DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS develops emerging frontrunners who will continue the culture of collaboration and teamwork in addressing urgent problems and needs.

The participants actively participated in various workshops and group activities that tested their leadership skills and personal abilities. They were made to realize the essence of working together and trusting their capabilities in facing challenges.

Uray dakami ti mas nataengan, kasla nga dakami ti annakyo. Gapu ta adu ti insuru yo kadakami. Saan laeng nga empowerment ti insuruyo kadakami, insuruyo pay daguiti banbanag nga saanmi pulos nga maadal ti eskwelaan [Even if we are older than you (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS staff and facilitators), it was as though we were your children. You taught us a lot. Not only did you teach us empowerment, you also taught us things we cannot even learn in school),” said Felino Dallego of Barangay Cuenca, Pugo, La Union.

This new breed of leaders will pave the way for better partnerships with the local government in crafting progress plans and implementing local development projects. They also committed to continuously improve themselves to become better local heroes who will champion Bayanihan which they believe will hasten their growth as a community.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS stands by its mandate to empower individuals who can give huge contributions in the development of their localities. More than the millions-worth of infrastructure subprojects, the Program invests in instilling knowledge and capabilities to its beneficiaries. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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Ilocandia Heroes join Bukluran – DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS National CV Congress

Regional BAYANi Ka Winners claim their awards handed by DSWD Undersecretary Maria Lourdes T. Jarabe during the National Community Volunteers’ Congress cum National BAYANi Ka Awards last 19 August 2017 in Quezon City.

Local, everyday heroes of the Ilocos Region participated in the first ever National Community Volunteers’ Congress dubbed as Bukluran: Sama-samang Lakas ng Mamamayan in Quezon City. The biggest gathering of community volunteers from all over the nation was hosted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Community-Driven Development (CDD) program-the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP).

The Bukluran, meaning “to unite,” was a two-day event highlighting the gains of CDD in the municipalities covered by DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. The community volunteers were given the opportunity to discuss their learnings and experiences in the implementation of the Program in their respective localities through various collaboration activities and focus group discussions.


Community Volunteers from all over the Philippines collaborated to create a mural depicting their experiences and significant learnings in the implementation of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

The National CV Congress focused on intensifying the advocacy for CDD adoption in implementing local programs and projects. The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS aspires to plant CDD in poor and disaster-stricken communities to empower them to work for their own development.

The Ilocos Region was represented by Mayor Ferdinand Tumbaga of Bagulin, La Union, together with community volunteers and Regional BAYANi Ka Winners Mr. Jun Balas, Ms. Remedios Candid, Ms. Crestie Navida, Mr. Aniceto Esteban, Mr. George Danglipen, Mr. Fredo Domine, and Mr. Felix Dengaey in the said Congress.

The Bukluran concluded with the National BAYANi Ka Awarding Ceremonies to recognize community volunteers, partner Local Government Units, and other stakeholders who put their communities first before themselves. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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Santol Volunteers express gratitude to DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS

Community Volunteers and residents were gathered in a Focus Group Discussion where they shared their insights in the implementation of LGU-led projects in their municipality and their experiences in implementing DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS during the Municipal Talakayan held on 24 July 2017.

“Ag-tsinelas dan ti annakmi, dati agsaka-saka da nga mapan agiskwela (Our children need not to walk barefoot anymore, they can already wear slippers when going to school),” said Teresita Opeña, a DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteer from Barangay Lettac Sur in Santol, La Union. She recalls how the children in their barangay prefer to walk barefoot and carry their slippers, afraid it might be ruined by the deep mud they had to walk through on their way to school.

During the Municipal Talakayan recently held in Santol, the community volunteers shared their feelings and experiences on the implementation of programs and projects by the Local Government Unit, including the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

A safer way home ─ footpath concreted by the residents of Lettac Sur to ensure their children can come home safely.

Barangay Lettac Sur prioritized the concreting of various footpaths in all its sitios and was funded by DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS with PhP 934, 854.00.  The 2.4 kilometer footpath now caters to 200 households in Lettac Sur and other neighboring barangays.

12 subprojects amounting to a total of 9.6 Million have been constructed in Santol alone.  DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS has trained 586 community volunteers in different disciplines such as bookkeeping, procurement, handling grievances, among others.

Residents from the 11 barangays saw a significant change in the behavior of the people in Santol, they grew to be more confident in expressing their ideas, “Dati adda pay ti saan na kaya nga ibaga ti nagan na iti publiko, tadta adu pay masaunan nu (Barangay) Assembly (Before, some were even ashamed to introduce themselves in public, but now, they talk a lot during Barangay Assemblies),” said Carolina, another empowered DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS builds support systems

Ms. Perla Sotelo, Administrative Officer of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University ─ Mid-La Union Campus, asking for possible support the University could provide to DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS during the Partners Forum held on 13 June 2017.

Kalahi-CIDSS, the country’s largest Community-Driven Development (CDD) Program implemented under the Department of Social Welfare and Development, recently conducted the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Partners’ Forum. The Partners’ Forum aims to strengthen partnership between and among DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS and its external partners ranging from the Media, the Academe, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and Peoples Organizations (POs) present in Ilocos Region.

Nasuruan kami nga agsao para iti bagbagimi, uray no Person with Disability (PWD) ak, adda ak nga maki-partisipar (We were taught to speak for ourselves, even having a disability, I was able to participate),” Remedios Candid, a Community Volunteer of Cambaly, Bagulin, La Union, said in her message inspiring the partners to continuously support the implementation of the Program.

Realizing its wide reach, the various media entities in Region 1 were encouraged to advocate for the adaptation of CDD in the development projects of the local government. They are also effective communicators in spreading correct information to the public and the stakeholders.

The DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS support system. Partners and the DSWD staff posing for a memorabilia after the interactive Forum with commitments for support set for the Program implementation.

The Academe is encouraged to add Kalahi-CIDSS and CDD in their research agenda. They are also being tapped as Learning Service Providers for capability building activities for the community citizens.

Different CSOs and POs operating in the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS areas were also enjoined to participate in the different community empowerment activities by providing assistance in the different areas of Program implementation.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS strongly believes that the strong support from various external partners is what keeps the Program moving towards empowerment of the communities. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)


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Kalahi-CIDSS hones culture-sensitive communities

In facilitating harmony among different cultures existing in the communities, Kalahi-CIDSS has been effectively using the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach in its implementation.

Community volunteers presenting Begnas, a thanksgiving practice through community dancing for a bountiful harvest, during the workshop on Facilitating Community-Driven Development with Indigenous Peoples conducted on 8-10 March 2017.

Kalahi-CIDSS, one of the core poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), gives strong emphasis in the participation of the vulnerable sectors, which include the Indigenous Peoples (IP).

To ensure that the IPs are assisted in developing and maintaining their traditional models of development while working together with the mainstreamed population, a workshop entitled Facilitating Community-Driven Development with Indigenous Peoples was recently conducted for Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers.

The workshop aimed to let the community volunteers, both IP and non-IP, determine the different IP groups in the Region and their unique culture; to understand the importance of a culture-sensitive subproject; and to gain knowledge and skills in effective engagement with IPs in the various Program processes.

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) discussed the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) emphasizing the right of the Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICC) to maintain their unique language, culture, values, and worldview.  The participants also revisited the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) to make them understand and appreciate that the participation of the IPs is equally important with the participation of the other residents as they all live in one community and they are altogether working for their development.

Many community volunteers come from the tribes Kankana-ey, Bago, Tinguian, Applai, and Itneg. They excitedly shared some of their traditional practices. A group dominated by members of the Tinguian tribe presented Begnas, a traditional community dancing for thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, with reports from Jomara S. Chan, Regional Capability Building Specialist, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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Community Volunteers train in resolving conflicts the CDD way

Kalahi-CIDSS encourages communities to be vocal about their feelings and reactions on the initiatives contributing to their development. The Program believes that everyone should be involved in maintaining peace and settling disputes in their communities.

Grievance Redress System (GRS) volunteers attentively listen to the discussion regarding the types of grievances and how to distinguish them during the Skills Training on Proper Grievance Handling, Recording, and Reporting conducted on 7-9 March 2017.

In the recently conducted Skills Training on Proper Grievance Handling, Recording, and Reporting, community volunteers belonging to their respective Barangay Grievance Committee (BGC) were trained how to properly handle grievances and resolve conflicts in their locality.

The Grievance Redress System (GRS) is a feature of Kalahi-CIDSS to promote social accountability by providing citizens means to air their reactions, concerns, and grievances relative the Program. The GRS also upholds the principle of transparency and strongly encourages the active participation of the whole community, including stakeholders, in raising their issues and be involved in its resolution.

The GRS volunteers were taught how to distinguish and intake questions, issues, and grievances according to type. Grievances may be classified as non-contentious queries and clarifications, issues regarding Program processes and arrangements, or non-conformance with procurement and finance guidelines.

Monitoring the responses and resolutions of each grievance raised is a primary function of the BGC, as well as reporting and documenting them. During the Skills Training, the GRS volunteers had a hands-on exercise on these functions where sample cases were given for their action. They had to follow the steps on handling the grievances until they find a sound solution to it.

Kalahi-CIDSS realizes that with the residents and the government working together, a peaceful, developed community shall rise. (by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, with reports from Evelyn G. Acosta, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for GRS, Kalahi-CIDSS)


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The Water Keepers

Water shortage, especially during summer season, can finally be prepared for. A water tank is regularly filled with water from a nearby spring and tap stands are readily available outside the homes of San Ramon residents.

Water is defined as the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain which forms streams, lakes, and seas. In Biology, it is one of the substances essential to life, a vital nutrient which consists 50-75% of the human body.

However, in Kalahi-CIDSS, water is the product of the overflowing commitment of the community to invigorate one another.

San Ramon, a village in Sigay, Ilocos Sur, is a recipient of Kalahi-CIDSS, a Program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development which facilitates empowerment among the residents of the communities it caters to.

San Ramon lamented on their need for clean and safe water directly flowing into their homes. Preparing for the summer season has always been challenging for the residents since the springs dry up and they do not have water tanks to fill.

As one, the community residents underwent the tedious work of creating project proposals, budgeting and planning, procuring materials, and laboring for the completion of their community-owned Level II Water System funded with PhP 460,849.13.

As the rightful owner of the Water System, the community was also entrusted to safekeep the subproject. The San Ramon Water System Association, or the SRWASA, was created for that purpose.

Tap stands directly delivering clean and safe water for everyone, including the children and students, are right inside the Barangay Hall compound and the school campus.

The SRWASA is headed by Rey Quitioan, fondly called Manong Rey, a plumber often sought by the villagers to repair leaks and cracks in their waterpipes even before Kalahi-CIDSS was introduced to the community.

Para makatulong iti komunidad nga madi nga masayang ti nagrigatan mi (To help the community make sure that our efforts will not be wasted),” Manong Rey answered when asked about why he accepted the role as the SRWASA President.

Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers who also signed up as members of the SRWASA vowed to preserve and sustain their subproject. An amount of PhP 10.00 is collected monthly from every householdto maintain an Operation and Maintenance Fund which shall be used for repairs and improvements whenever needed.

The officers of the association conduct regular check-ups of the water lines and general cleaning of the waterways. The households are also mandated to take care of the tap stands and to conserve water, remembering that their neighbors also need it.

A fine has been set for excessive usage ofwater and intentional destruction of the tap stands and/or the water tank.

The SRWASA has been duly registered with the Department of Labor and Employment and accredited by the Municipal Local Government Unit of Sigay.(by Helen Veryan C. Valdez, Social Marketing Officer, Kalahi-CIDSS)

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