The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) oriented barangay officials on the various projects of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan Program (Kalahi-CIDSS-PAMANA) in their area yesterday, March 25 at SCC Multi-Purpose Hall, Park Marina.

The activity was centered on City Accountability Reporting and City Orientation of the said completed projects for the 1st quarter of 2024 worth P5.4 Million including pathway improvement in So. Lamesa, Brgy. Buluangan; improvement of .170 km community road in So. Proper, Purok Sinalikway, Brgy. Codcod; improvement of .2 km pathway with box culvert in Sitio Calimpos, Brgy. Guadalupe; improvement of .156 km pathway in Sitio Panabaton, Brgy. Nataban; and construction of a child care center with amenities in Sitio Lagha, Brgy. Quezon and were presented by DSWD VI Area Coordinator Kriza Mae V. Germo, Engr. Axel Harris Chuakaw and Financial Analyst Gracecel P. Gatinao.

Punong Barangay Ma. Luz Ritalla of Nataban thanked the DSWD for the project that improved their way of living; she was hopeful that the pathway improvement in Sitio Lagha would be extended in the next cycle.

Punong Barangays Desiderio Enarciso of Buluangan and Romeo Descartin of Guadalupe were also thankful for the project despite the delays.

City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Magnolia Antonio advised the punong barangays to meet all the requirements for smooth implementation of projects.

On the other hand, Community Development Officer III Dan Donald S. Candare said the national government allocated another P11.6M for the second cycle of projects for the barangay beneficiaries, including Prosperidad and Bagonbon.

He added that they should accomplish the requirements including orientation and social preparation, among other activities, before the DSWD downloads funds and construction of identified projects starts.

Atty. Estefanio Libutan Jr. said that PAMANA is a testament to the commitment to peace-building and development in vulnerable and conflict affected areas, while the Kalahi-CIDSS stands as a united front against poverty and promoting community empowerment through participatory planning, decision-making, and resource allocation.

Libutan hoped that the orientation would inspire and result in more collaborative efforts, and contribute to the betterment of society.

The Kalahi-CIDSS-PAMANA projects aimed at reducing poverty in target beneficiaries, assisting in the economic recovery of the poor and marginalized, and capacitating communities to protect themselves from the effects of plausible similar disasters and risks brought by conflict.

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