The Department of Social Welfare and Development-X received a number of commitments from non-government organizations and private institutions to partner in the implementation of KALAHI-CIDSS during an advocacy forum facilitated by the DSWD-X yesterday, July 15, 2010.

PARFUND, Inc., SM Foundation, Inc., Holcim Philippines, Inc., Philippine Sinter, and Del Monte Foundation, Inc. gave their assurance that they shall support the KALAHI-CIDSS by providing their resources.

KALAHI-CIDSS, a community-driven development project that aims to strengthen community participation, improve local governance and alleviate poverty, is currently being implemented in the municipalities of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte and Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental.

The KALAHI-CIDSS is also being prepared by the social welfare department in its scaling up scheme.

The PIA, region 10, headed by Director Rutchie Aguhob, and other media outlets were also tapped by the Department to help in ensuring transparency in the implementation of the Project, especially in its financial and procurement aspects.

According to Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD, region 10, the Project, which “ultimately conducts prioritization of subprojects,” has a scheme of generating resources from the non-government organizations and the private sector to augment those proposals by the communities which were not prioritized by the Project.

“Because not all barangays will be covered by KALAHI-CIDSS, some communities, which were not prioritized, may need other resources to have their subproject proposals realized considering that these proposals also show their dire need for local development,” Atty. Solamillo said.

She said that the advocacy forum serves as a venue where the non-government organizations and private sector can have meaningful projects through the implementation of the Project.

Assistant Regional Director and Regional Project Manager of KALAHI-CIDSS, Aldersey Mumar-Dela Cruz said this is just the first step of the DSWD-X in strengthening its convergence with other groups.

“The Regional Office will continue to scout for more organizations and groups which may also have the same cause as that of DSWD’s, and that is to help fight poverty that is plaguing in the rural communities,” Dela Cruz said. (DSWD 10)

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