TACLOBAN CITY – The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program of the regional Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-8) has announced the completion of 694 child development centers (CDCs) in Eastern Visayas.
Engineer Gerry Piñeda, the focal person of the Kalahi-CIDSS program in region, told Leyte Samar Daily Express in an interview that the total cost of these 694 child development centers (CDCs) formerly known as day care centers is P408.82 million.
He said that in Leyte there are 163 CDCs worth P86.18 million; in Southern Leyte 18 CDCs worth P7.49 million; 12 in Biliran with the total amount of P6.85 million; 225 in Northern Samar worth P128.10 million; 195 in Samar with the total project cost of P119.40 million and 81 in Eastern Samar worth P60.77 million.
Piñeda said that these CDCs are now being used in the implementation of the supplemental feeding program (SFP) of the DSWD-8 in the region.
DSWD officer-in-charge Yvonne Serrano-Abonales reported that for the 8th cycle implementation of SFP in Eastern Visayas last year, her office has served a total of 69,721 day care children (DCCh) beneficiaries enrolled in 1,967 CDCs from the targeted 76,327 DCCh from 57 LGUs served by the program.
She added that her office had a total of P125.49 million fund downloaded to partner local government units from the fund allocation of P137.38 million for last year.