TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Eastern Visayas (DSWD-8) is strongly lobbying for the passage of the Community-Driven Development (CDD) bill, giving communities a wider role in the implementation of government projects.
In the region, at least five lawmakers have expressed support to the proposed CDD law that has been used in the implementation of Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), Jonna Marquez-Ranes, regional Kalahi-CIDSS information officer, said on Wednesday.
These lawmakers are Reps. Gerardo Espina of Biliran, Lolita Javier of the 2nd District of Leyte, Edgar Mary Sarmiento of 1st District of Samar, Paul Daza of Northern Samar, and Maria Fe Abunda of Eastern Samar lone district.
Nationwide, there are 69 members of the House of Representatives backing the CDD Bill.
“The positive impact of the program proves that CDD is an effective strategy to help the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged communities and groups in the Philippines. In order to continue its endeavors, there is a call to pass the CDD Institutionalization Law,” Ranes told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in a phone interview.
The bill seeks to institutionalize the CDD approach as a national strategy for inclusive growth and social protection.
“It means that CDD approach will be operationalized in government programs, activities, and projects. Communities are now involved in all planning and implementations of government-funded projects,” Ranes added.
The proposed law is also eyeing to create an Inter-Agency Advisory Council on CDD Institutionalization to develop policies.
It means that the council provides the policy directives on CDD to integrate with the general poverty reduction strategy of the government and will decide on the major proposed action of the Knowledge and Research Institute.
The CDD bill is now under deliberation at the House Committee on Appropriations on budget provisions and allocations from the General Appropriations Act, Ranes said.
After this, the bill is up for deliberation in the plenary for 1st reading, 2nd reading, and 3rd reading until its approval in the House of Representatives level.
Since it started in 2003, Kalahi-CIDDS projects have used the CDD strategy in 44 towns in Eastern Visayas through the passage of local CDD ordinances.
Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the poverty alleviation programs of the Philippine government being implemented by the DSWD and uses the community-driven development (CDD) approach.
CDD helps communities in poor municipalities identify challenges around reducing poverty and make informed decisions on a range of locally identified options for development, including how this is made and in what form.
It also gives control of resources to address local poverty to communities.
The approach likewise builds the capacity of both governments and civil society stakeholders to provide assistance and respond to calls for support from poor communities as they implement development initiatives. (PNA)