SAGADA, Mountain Province – The utmost cooperation of residents, coupled with their passion to have projects that meets their needs, propelled the completion of three major projects under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
This was the pronouncement of Demang punong barangay Jessie Bone Bosaing during a recent media interaction right in the completed Demang Child Development Center that was undertaken through the KALAHI-CIDSS program implemented over the past several years.
Bosaing narrated that Demang is the only barangay in the municipality that was granted three projects under the program with two of these involved erosion control while one was the completion of the Demang Child Development Center.
The said center is an elevated day care center with water tank which was started on November 9, 2015 and was completed on May 24, 2016.
Some 166 households in the said barangay have been benefitting from the completed project which had a total cost of P914,317.88 where P774,087.13 came from the KALAHI-CIDSS grant, while the local counterpart that comprised of contributions was estimated to be P140,230.75.
Further, another project that was implemented in Demang was the construction of the sitio Tokipa erosion control which was started on February 26, 2018 and was completed on May 6, 2018.
Some 93 households are already benefitting from the completed project which had a total cost of P1,919,000.00 where the KALAHI-CIDSS grant was pegged at P1,566,287.70 while the local counterpart which comprised of contributions from the local government and the community through their voluntary work was estimated to be around P352,712.30.
The third project is the construction of the sitio Pikong slope protection which was started on October 29, 2018 and was completed on December 3, 2018.
Some 138 households are now benefitting from the completed slope protection project which had a project cost of P1,400,000.00 where the KALAHI-CIDSS grant was estimated to be around P1,120,371.75 while the total local counterpart was approximately P279,628.23.
Bosaing expressed his gratitude to the DSWD and the KALAHI-CIDSS for having chosen the priority projects of the barangay provided with grants that helped improve the current situation in the barangay, especially the beneficiaries of the slope protection and erosion control projects, and the availability of a child development center that is a learning space for young learners.
KALAHI-CIDSS is one of the poverty alleviation programs of the government being implemented by the DSWD. It uses the community-driven development approach, a globally recognized strategy for achieving service delivery, poverty reduction and good governance outcomes.