CEBU CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Region 7 (Central Visayas) on Tuesday said it allocated PHP1.5 billion as additional financing for poverty alleviation projects, in partnership with local government units (LGUs) in the region.
In a statement, the DSWD-7 said the additional fund will cover 97 municipalities across Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor with a total of 2,201 barangays.
DSWD-7 regional director Rebecca Geamala said they will continue to empower communities by providing access to basic social services and participation in various projects through the KALAHI-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) financing program.
She said the additional financing will continue to provide towns with different interventions such as prevention, response, recovery and rehabilitation type of sub-projects in response to the effects of coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
These partner municipalities are divided into two groups – Group 1 with 41 and Group 2 with 55 LGUs that will implement the sub-projects from 2021 to 2023.
KALAHI-CIDSS gives emphasis on the developmental part of the community especially the barangays through participatory activities.
Geamala said local officials are made to understand their roles as well as the framework that backs up the program’s features.
Shalaine Marie Lucero, DSWD-7 assistant regional director for operations, cited the importance of community development, noting that municipal orientation has given local officials a clear path and guide on how to implement KALAHI-CIDSS projects.
“With the signed memorandum of agreement, we hope that all of you will look at it as a beacon of hope for our community and will remind us of our mandate in encouraging local participation,” she said. (PNA)