TACLOBAN CITY – Another successful implementation of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) was witnessed with the inauguration of a two-room school building sub-project in Brgy. Sta. Rosa, Matag-ob, Leyte.
Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla reiterated the provincial government’s support to the Kalahi-CIDSS program implementation in the province as he believes with the program’s tried and tested community-drive development strategy to combat poverty, as well as the counterparting scheme it employs that helped a lot in empowering people in the villages.
The governor said that with the devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda in most schools in the province, a new school building that would benefit schoolchildren is a welcome thing.
“Here truly lies the heart of community empowerment as communities have become part of the project every step of the way. I saw how difficult it was for the communities to be excluded in deciding what projects will be implemented in their areas. The Kalahi-CIDSS program significantly addressed the widening gap of the rich and poor sectors of the community. Let us empower our communities and create developmental undertakings suitable to the needs of the citizens,” he said.
The Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the main poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development that utilize Community-Driven Development (CDD) strategy.
The CDD strategy involves the building up and strengthening of the partnership among the DSWD, the local government units (LGUs), and the common citizens to ensure its successful implementation. (AHLETTE C. REYES)