WB, ADB cite volunteerism among local residents in 2 Quezon towns

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TALK WITH THE VOLUNTEERS. World Bank officials talk with the volunteers of Brgy. Ajos in Catanauan, Quezon Province about their farm-to-market road sub-project.

Delegates from the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) commended local communities in two Quezon towns for their active volunteerism and ownership of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program.

This is during the implementation support mission of the said delegates in the towns of Catanauan and Buenavista last October 6-9, 2015.

The mission includes sub-project visit and interaction with community volunteers and local government officials of Brgys. Ajos and Tagbacan Ilaya in Catanauan and Brgys. Hagonghong and Del Rosario in Buenavista.

The WB and the ADB are the development partners and funding agencies of the DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS program.

“As a development partner of this program, it is important for us to see where the Kalahi-CIDSS program is heading and how it helps the community directly from the stories of the local residents,” said Sean Bradley, the Senior Social Development Specialist of the WB.

For the year 2015, the WB allocated PhP115.36 Million to fund 197 sub-projects in Quezon Province. On the other hand, ADB provided PhP250.42 Million to finance 433 sub-projects.

Voices of local residents, LGUs on CDD

Victoria Rejano, the tribal chieftain of the Aeta community in Brgy. Del Rosario in Buenavista town, shared that they have learned to take part in community activities and interact with the other residents of the barangay through the Kalahi-CIDSS program.

Rejano and some members of the Aeta community became volunteers in the installation of water system and construction of farm-to-market road in their barangay. Now, they are implementing a tribal hall sub-project where the Aetas can regularly hold their activities and ceremonies.

“Kung hindi kami makikiisa sa buong barangay, hindi rin uunlad ang aming tribo. Sa pagtutulungan pala ay matutugunan ang pangangailangan ng bawat isa,” said Rejano to the visitors.

On the other hand, Mayor Ramon Orfanel of Catanauan acknowledged the Kalahi-CIDSS program for shaping community residents as active participants on the local development process. He added that the LGU officials are also reviewing the CDD strategy so they can apply it in their barangay and municipal projects’ implementation.

“We ensure that the other projects identified by the local residents during Kalahi-CIDSS activities will be implemented through the other programs of the LGU. We wanted these projects to be implemented as these are raised directly by the residents and are sure to respond to their needs,” said Mayor Orfanel.

Strong CDD implementation

ADB Consultant Alice Tiongson observed that the projects are well-sustained in the areas. She commended the operations and maintenance group formed by the community volunteers along with their own sustainability plans for the projects.

“The volunteerism amongst the community residents is very much evident in the barangays. There is a sense of ownership in the projects and they make their own ways to maintain and further improve their projects,” said Tiongson.

On the other hand, WB Consultant Corrine Canlas noted that the barangay and municipal LGUs have already grasped the CDD approach in their own levels.

“If the LGUs have adopted well the CDD strategy, we can ensure the continuation of this process at the local level even without the Kalahi-CIDSS program. People will continue to be empowered to improve their own communities,” said Canlas.

The Kalahi-CIDSS is a poverty reduction program of the DSWD that aims to improve the delivery of social services in poor communities by engaging ordinary citizens in the local development process. In the CALABARZON Region, it is being implemented in the 20 municipalities in Quezon Province.#

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Quezon residents express stories of volunteerism through music

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KILOS, ITAAS ANG KAMAY. Pedrito Zoilo Taracina (left) and Rodelito Mendoza (right) from Catanauan in Quezon Province, the grand champion of the DSWD Songwriting Competition 2015.

The local residents of Quezon Province showcased their talents and shared stories of volunteerism through music in the recently held grand finals of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Songwriting Competition through its program Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

The said activity themed Kapit Bisig para sa Kaunlaran aimed to capture the stories of change in the communities since the intervention of the Kalahi-CIDSS program in their areas. These stories were expressed by the volunteers, program partners, and project beneficiaries through their own song compositions, which they performed live in the grand finals last September 30, 2015 in the town of Catanauan.

“Gusto kong magbigay pugay sa mga volunteers sa pagpapahayag ng kanilang mga karanasan ng pagsasakripisyo alang-alang sa bayan sa pamamagitan ng paglalapat ng kanilang istorya sa musika. Ang mga kwentong ito, kapag nailapat sa isang uri ng sining tulad ng musika, ay mananatiling buhay kahit ilang taon pa ang lumipas,” said Loida Abela, the Deputy Regional Project Manager of Kalahi-CIDSS in the CALABARZON region, in her message.

The contestants for the said activity came from the four municipalities in Quezon Province implementing the Kalahi-CIDSS program. They are from the towns of Gumaca (4th place), Mulanay (3rd place), Quezon (2nd place), and Catanauan (Grand Champion).

The winning song entitled KAKUMPAS Hymn para sa Kalahi-CIDSS was written by Pedrito Zoilo Taracina from the town of Catanauan. Taracina is the head of the people’s organization named Kapisanan at Konseho ng Ugnayan ng mga Pampamayanang Samahan (KAKUMPAS) that aims to support the Kalahi-CIDSS principle of engaging all sectors in the development projects for a more participative and transparent implementation. He wrote the song to signify the support of sectoral groups in the Kalahi-CIDSS program towards improved communities.

“Tulad po ng nakasaad sa aming awitin, patuloy po tayong magtulungan at makiisa sa Kalahi-
CIDSS para ating maabot ang mithiing kaunlaran sa bayan,”
said Taracina.

All the contestants received cash prizes and plaques. The 4th place received PhP5,000, 3rd place got PhP10,000, 2nd place with PhP15,000, and the grand champion had PhP20,000. The DSWD will also sponsor the recording of the winning song, which will be used during DSWD activities and advocacy events.

The Kalahi-CIDSS is a poverty reduction program of the DSWD that aims to improve the delivery of social services in poor communities by engaging local residents in the identification, planning, and implementation of need-responsive projects. In the CALABARZON region, the program is being implemented in the 20 municipalities all located in Quezon Province. #

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Local residents implement community projects through Kalahi-CIDSS

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The community volunteers of Brgy. Pinagtubigan Weste in Perez, Quezon improve their barangay hall, which can also serve as an evacuation center in times of disaster.

More than 90 community projects are already constructed in the 20 municipalities of Quezon Province through the participation of the local residents in the implementation of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

These community projects include farm-to-market roads, school buildings, health centers, water systems and electrification.

Through the said program, the community residents are trained on proposal development, construction estimates, and community finance and procurement to help them manage the implementation of community sub-projects they identified.

Their identified sub-projects are expected to resolve or at least lessen the existing problems in their communities such as flooding, inaccessible barangay roads, worn-out classrooms, and lack of water and electric supply.

According to 22-year old Peterfel Vergara, he learned a lot by being a volunteer of Kalahi-CIDSS and, at the same time, has done something good for the community. He, together with the residents of Brgy. Villa Arcaya in Gumaca town, implemented a river control sub-project with mangrove reforestation to end the flooding problem in their area and prevent their barangay road from being totally damaged.

“Ngayon po, hindi na nahihirapan ang mga bata ‘pag tag-ulan ‘pag pumapasok sila sa school. Ligtas na sila dahil hindi na binabaha,” said Vergara.

Aside from the said number of constructed projects, the community residents across the 20 Kalahi-CIDSS municipalities are still constructing 533 need-responsive sub-projects that are targeted to be completed by the end of 2015.

In the CALABARZON region, a total of PhP365.78 Million grant is provided to these municipalities for the construction and implementation of their proposed sub-projects.#

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There’s winning in defeat


DEDICATED LEADERSHIP. Reynaldo Enaje Jr., 40, is a Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer in Brgy. Laurel, Tagkawayan, Quezon Province who led the community in the repairing of their barangay road, which was fully constructed last May 2015.

For Reynaldo Enaje Jr., there is no defeat if one does not lose the determination to win.

In 2013, Reynaldo and the rest of the villagers of Brgy. Laurel in Tagkawayan, Quezon Province fought to have an electrification project in their barangay. Together with the residents from the other 44 barangays of the said town, they presented their proposed project to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for possible funding through its program Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Unfortunately, their proposed electrification project was not prioritized for funding. The project costs around PhP5 Million, which is too much for the program to support.

“Tanggap na rin namin kasi kung kami ang na-prioritize, wala nang matitirang pondo para sa ibang barangay na may pangangailangan din. Kaya hinayaan na lang namin na mas maraming makinabang sa pondo kesa masolo namin lahat ng ito,” shared Reynaldo.

But this defeat did not stop them from achieving their goal for the barangay. Since they have already prepared the needed documents and permits for the project through the workshops and trainings they had in Kalahi-CIDSS, they went to their electric distributor and requested assistance for the installation.

In October 2014, Brgy. Laurel has benefitted through the Sitio Electrification Program of the government.

According to Reynaldo, the electrification in their barangay has helped cut the expenses of every household. They no longer need to go to the nearest area with electricity to charge their lamps and batteries every day. From PhP15 a day charging expenses, they now only spend PhP70 a month for their household’s electric consumption.

“Malaki talaga ang role ng Kalahi sa pagkakaroon ng kuryente sa aming lugar. Dahil sa mga turo nila sa amin, natupad namin ang napakatagal nang pangarap ng aming mga ninuno – ang magkaroon ng kuryente sa aming lugar,” Reynaldo shared.

Another opportunity

Also last year, Brgy. Laurel has been given an opportunity to implement a cycle of the Kalahi-CIDSS program. With their previous experiences with the program, Reynaldo has become more determined to work under Kalahi-CIDSS in service for their community.

“Alam ko kasing kayang maibigay ng Kalahi ang mga pangangailangan ng barangay namin. Kaya ‘di ako nagdalawang isip na mag-volunteer. Alam kong ang pagtulong ko ay may malaking ambag sa ikabubuti ng pamumuhay ng mga tao dito sa amin,” shared Reynaldo, who also served as the head of volunteers in their community.

For this program cycle, the community residents proposed to repair their barangay road which is  damaged because of frequent flooding in the area. They also planned to build line canals to control the flow of water every time the rain pours.

To do this, the residents were trained on proposal development, construction estimates, and community finance and procurement. After processing all the documents needed and purchasing the construction materials, they took turns in working on the construction of their road.

As the head of volunteers, Reynaldo is on top of managing the volunteers throughout the implementation. He admitted that he had easily mobilized the people because he almost knew all of the residents of their barangay by being a beneficiary of another DSWD program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. It even helped that his wife Mary Jane is a Pantawid Pamilya parent leader in their community.

“Nagkakakilala kami dahil sa buwanang pag-attend namin ng FDS (Family Development Sessions). Kaya noong kinailangan na malinis ang lugar kung saan itatayo ang kalsada, nahikayat namin ang mga Pantawid members na tumulong. Sa loob ng apat na araw, nagtanggal kami ng mga damo at nalinis namin ang kahabaan na iyon. Lahat ng ‘yon community service,” shared Mary Jane.

Reynaldo’s family has been a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilya program for five years now. For them, the grant they receive has been a big help to sustain the needs of the family, especially for the health and educational needs of their two children.

“Sapat lang ang kinikita ko sa pangingisda. Minsan, hindi ko pa ito naibababa at naibebenta agad sa bayan dahil napakahirap ng kalsada. Kaya napakalaking tulong talaga ng mga programa ng DSWD sa’min kasi unti-unting nagkakaroon ng mga solusyon ang mga problema,” said Reynaldo.

Built with pure dedication

Last May 2015, the repair of their barangay road was completed. Fishermen like Reynaldo including other farmers and vendors in the area now have an easy travel to the market. Further, students can walk safely to school because of the new road.

“Napakagandang tignan ng proyekto namin. Puso kasi ang ginamit sa pagbuo nito. Tulong-tulong ang lahat para magkaroon ng magandang kalsada,” Reynaldo shared smiling.

For Reynaldo, that moment in 2013 has been the greatest lesson for all of them. He believes that the experience enlightened each and every one of them to work for their community and change the fate of their barangay. For him, it was actually the defeat that paved their way to success.#

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2 Quezon LGUs receive Kalahi-CIDSS performance-based incentive grant

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In the Kalahi-CIDSS Makamasang Tugon modality, LGUs lead the overall implementation of all community need-responsive projects.

The local government units (LGUs) of the municipalities of Catanauan and Macalelon in Quezon Province are granted incentives by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) after their good performance in the implementation of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program.

After assessing the two LGUs in their Kalahi-CIDSS implementation for the past three years, the DSWD has provided an incentive grant to these LGUs to implement the program using the Makamasang Tugon modality.

The DSWD has provided PhP10.57 Million grant to Macalelon and PhP19.75 Million to Catanauan for the implementation of different community projects in their respective barangays.

In this modality, the overall implementation of the program is run by the LGU following the community-driven strategy of the Kalahi-CIDSS program. The DSWD, on the other hand, provides the grant for the construction of various community projects and technical assistance to the LGUs.

“We aim to build the capacities of our partner LGUs so they can effectively build ties to their constituents and know the proper programs and projects that can respond to their needs. If they have fully absorbed these principles, we now give them the lead to implement and we are just here to monitor and guide them,” said Tess Bugarin, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist of Kalahi-CIDSS in the CALABARZON region.

Some of the parameters used in the assessment of the two municipalities include the presence of ordinances or resolutions supporting participatory social development; enhancement of their municipal development council wherein people sectors are well-represented; regular public announcements of LGU plans, programs, and budget utilization for transparency; and creation of need-responsive projects and programs with consultation to their constituents.

Mayor Ramon Orfanel of the municipality of Catanauan encouraged the LGU staff to further study the Kalahi-CIDSS community-driven implementation so they can continuously make ways in improving the living condition of their constituents.

“Tumalima tayong lahat at suportahan ang isa’t isa sa bagong hamon na ito. Magtulungan tayo para tuloy-tuloy ang kaunlaran sa bayan ng Catanauan,” said Mayor Orfanel in his message to the LGU staff.

For the past 12 years of Kalahi-CIDSS implementation in the CALABARZON region, 10 other municipalities in Quezon Province are provided with this performance-based incentive grant and have implemented the Makamasang Tugon modality. This includes the towns of Patnanungan, Panukulan, Burdeos, Jomalig, Buenavista, San Francisco, San Narciso, and Mulanay.# with reports from KMHalayan

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DSWD program beneficiaries celebrate citizen empowerment during Galing Pook Governance Fair

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Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries chant “Mamamayan, Mamamayani,” led by DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman, to express their support to citizen participation in local governance during the unity walk of Galing Pook Local Governance Fair held last August 31, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

Around 1,000 beneficiaries of programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) joined in the celebration of the success of citizen participation towards good governance during the Galing Pook Governance Fair held in SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City last August 31, 2015.

The said fair, dubbed as “Mamamayan, Mamamayani,” was organized by the Galing Pook Foundation, a non-profit organization that commits to promote innovation and excellence in local governance.

The DSWD is one of the invited national government agencies (NGAs) to showcase initiatives on citizen empowerment in local governance through its programs Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The Kalahi-CIDSS is a community-driven development program that aims to improve the delivery of social services in poor communities by engaging local residents in the planning and implementation of need-responsive projects in their area. The Pantawid Pamilya, on the other hand, invests on the health and education of poor children through provision of cash grants based on their compliance with set conditions.

Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers and Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from the regions of CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, Western Visayas, CARAGA, and NCR were the delegates of the DSWD for the said fair. They joined the fair’s Unity Walk, led by Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman, together with 5,000 other delegates from various NGAs, local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs).

“Sila ang aming mga volunteers at beneficiaries. Bawat isa sa kanila ay kayang-kayang magk’wento ng pagbabago sa kanilang mga buhay sa tulong ng aming mga programa, kasabay ng kanilang pagsisikap para umunlad ang kanilang mga buhay,” said Sec. Soliman.

Sharing their stories of change

During the fair, the volunteers and the beneficiaries from the different regions also had the chance to share their experiences to each other and to other members of the LGUs, NGOs, and CSOs through a dialogue entitled Stories of Change: Empowerment of the Poor through Kalahi‐CIDSS and Pantawid Pamilya.

For the CALABARZON region, 50 Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers and Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from Quezon Province had the opportunity to share their stories during the said dialogue.

“Natutunan ko ang gender equality dahil sa Kalahi. Hindi naging hadlang ang pagiging babae ko para makatulong sa construction ng aming project. Isa pa, mas naging confident ako bilang Parent Leader ng Pantawid. Lumakas ang loob ko lalo na’t alam ko naman na lahat ng ginagawa ko ay para sa ikabubuti ng aming community,” shared Roselyn Ilagan from the municipality of San Antonio.

Josepina Alenea from the town of Candelaria shared that she realized that she can still do something for her community despite her age.

“Hangga’t kaya ko, tutulong ako sa pagpapaunlad ng komunidad. Pero isa sa mga isinusulong ko ngayon ay maturuan ang mga kabataan sa mga gawaing pangkaunlaran. Habang bata, maganda na mabigyan na sila ng responsibilidad para madala nila ito sa kanilang pagtanda,” said Alenea.

Aleksandra Posarac from the World Bank, one of the observers during the dialogue, said that she is pleased with all the stories she heard from the volunteers and beneficiaries. As one of DSWD’s development partners for the two programs, Posarac added that the World Bank has invested on the right programs towards improving the living condition of poor families.

“The stories of the volunteers and beneficiaries are just proofs that the programs of the DSWD really bring change in the people’s lives. We really believe in these programs and we will continue to support these,” said Posarac.

Call for continuous implementation

During the dialogue, the volunteers and beneficiaries also call for the continuous implementation of the programs even after the end of the current administration.

Secretary Soliman emphasized that it is only them who can make their demands possible. She encouraged the volunteers and beneficiaries to continuously share their stories and serve as spokespersons of the programs so they can show its gains and positive impact in their lives.

“Sa inyo po nakasalalay ang kinabukasan ng ating mga programa. Kumuha tayo ng lakas sa inyong mga kuwentong pagbabago,” Sec. Soliman said.

The volunteers and beneficiaries, on the other hand, took up the challenge and commit to be responsible recipients of the DSWD programs.

“Kitang-kita ko ang kaunlaran ng aming barangay dahil sa mga programa ng DSWD. Kaya patuloy po kaming makikiisa para maipakita natin na napakaganda ng naidudulot nito sa aming buhay, pamilya, at komunidad,” said Maria Oraa from the municipality of Macalelon. #

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