Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

DSWD trains LGUs to sustain Kalahi-CIDSS projects

By Julius B. Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 21 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol regional office has since conducted series of seminars and trainings for the local government units (LGUs) in the region to ensure that Kalahi-CIDSS’ community development  projects are maximized and sustained,

The ‘Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan’ – Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) is a community-driven development project, wherein communities and local governments are trained to choose, design, and implement sub-projects that addresses their most pressing needs.

DSWD Bicol regional director Arnel Garcia said that as of September 1 of this year, 517 out of 1,381 sub-projects under Kalahi-CIDSS Cycle1 (between 2014 and 2015) were completed, while the rest are expected to be finished by the end of this month.

"However, while initiating these well-needed projects is good, it is also necessary to ensure that they are sustained to benefit the community on a long-term basis. This compelled the DSWD in conducting the Sustainability Evaluation Orientations, a series of seminars and trainings for LGUs to guarantee sustainability of the projects in their respective communities," he added.

DSWD Bicol conducted the first batch of the Sustainability Evaluation Orientation in Legazpi City last September 13 to 15, which included lectures and discussions on sub-projects’ sustainability were presented during the training. On-site application of sustainability evaluation and the actual administration of sustainability evaluation tool on the identified sub-projects were also done.

Sustainability evaluation utilizes a survey tool that uses indicators as basis for assesses the functionality of the completed sub-projects in terms of organizational and institutional component, financial management system, physical-technical operations, and maintenance condition. It also evaluates the effects of the project to its host community.

The training activity is participated in by the LGU official of the communities that are beneficiaries of the Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects. After the training, they are expected to administer the sustainability evaluation by forming Multi-Stakeholders Inspectorate Teams (MSIT), composed of department heads and local officials with the assistance of DSWD’s technical staff.

A simulation of sustainability evaluation was done last September 14 in Guinobatan, Albay, wherein the local government led by Mayor Ann Ongjoco assured commitment in the sub-projects sustenance. The same training had also begun today in Naga City, which is scheduled until September 23.

 As of today, 101 poor municipalities in Bicol are under its expansion that started on 2014, with a total grant of Php 4,497,448,178. The community-driven development (CCD) approach of Kalahi-CIDSS had proven effective since its implementation, and has now expanded nationwide. (MAL/JBE/DSWD5/PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301474446828/dswd-trains-lgus-to-sustain-kalahi-cidss-projects#sthash.hf6K29ya.dpuf

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