(Social Integration of the Low & the Weak)
Because of the great number of poor families mostly found in the upland areas of Dalaguete, the need for an effective delivery system for basic social support services is imperative.
In addition, the magnitude and extent of this deep-rooted problem cannot be solved solely by the local government. Thus, the SILAW Program could be regarded as a vehicle by which every member of our society could contribute towards alleviating the plight of our poor brothers and sisters.
The long term goal of SILAW Program is to enhance the capabilities of the poor to take care of themselves and become economically self sufficient so that they could provide their families the basic needs, viz food, shelter, clothing, medicines, education, etc., as well as become active participants in charting the developments of their respective communities. However, what the program seeks to initiate is to improve the access to basic social services this disadvantaged sector.
Due to the limited budget of the local government, along with the enormous number of poor people demanding access to such social services, it is only but logical for us to start implementing small projects with limited areas of coverage while at the same time, seek for development partners who could fill in the gap in the needed resources. In this regard, we have sought the cooperation and support of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for our Early Childhood Development (ECD) program component, the Department of Health (DOH) and PhilHealth (formerly MEDICARE) in the extension of primary health insurance, the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) for non-formal education and adult literacy, among others.
Finally, the SILAW Program is a five-year social services-oriented program, but it is meant to address the gargantuan task of alleviating poverty that has been in our midst for several generations. After knowing what the SILAW Program is expected to accomplish over this rather short period, we should be aware that the initially targeted 24 poorest families found in each of the 33 barangays in the municipality, could be considered by some as mere drop in the bucket. But we should not despair, "the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step."
The DALAKIT is viewed by the local government unit of Dalaguete as a potential catalyst for the development of the farming and fishing sector of this municipality. The initial activities undertaken so far by the DALAKIT program relate to farm "modeling" on organic vegetable production in Barangay Tabon. Another in the works is the pilot testing of bio organic fertilizer production using biodegradable wates being dumped in the municipality's "dumping site" in Sitio Cansusi, Tapon. Another is the integration of improved breeds of cattle with grant funds from the Department of Agriculture. The indigent sector of the identified poor communities has also been extended assistance through poultry dispersal. Other brighter things should be coming but DALAKIT cannot be successfully implemented by the government alone. The target groups of "beneficiaries" (partners or co-owners) in the barangays have to contribute their share. The "municipal farm" concept underlying the DALAKIT program seeks to achieve competitive advantage for its farmer-participants. The co-ownership of specific projects under each program component is, therefore highlighted. This means that through partnership and counter-parting scheme, the farmer/fishers' associations, the barangay officials, the municipal government and other outside sources of support, work hand-in-hand towards their successful implementation. If one fails, all fails. So, every stakeholder has to be properly oriented on their possible contribution e.g. DAFEPO and its members, Barangay Council, Municipal Officials, non-govermental organizations and others.
In the next ten years, the average cultivated farmland could be a little over one-fourth of a hectare. With the projected rise in the total population of Dalaguete during the same period, our entire agricultural lands would not suffice to produce enough food for our people if current farming technique are used. We need to increase farm productivity right now. but we should do this without abusing our soil, water and other natural resources through unsustainable farming technologies. And the DALAKIT Program is an attempt to direct our agricultural towards sustainability.
The Dalaguete Tourism Commission has been created by the Sangguniang Bayan last October 1998 and was given the mandate to explore plan and implement programs to develop the potential of our town's tourism industry.
The thrust of the development plans of the Dalaguete Tourism Commission is for the education of the people towards a more empowered tourist orientation, a more determined leadership that would focus in developing the town to a more touristically accommodating municipality, the building of basic infrastructures that would make it more accessible for visitors and the attraction of private investors that would integrate to the local programs in the creation of more stimulating tourist facilities and venues.
A major promotional project was the creation of the Miss Dalaguete Tourism which was the highlight for the Fiesta Celebration last February 10th, 1999-2001. Senator John Henry Osmena with about a hundred prominent persons from the government and private sectors attended the star-studded unprecedented event of the town. One of the major achivements of the Pageant was the encouragenent of Senator John Osmena to scrounge from the National Coffers the first P30 million for the start of the long-dreamt Poblacion-Mantalongon Widening and Concreting Project, the addition of another P10-million from the late Senate President Marcelo Fernan Sr. and the additional commitment of his Excellency President Estrada of another P20 million to partially complete the project. Another project successfully undertaken by the Commission supported by the Honorable Mayor Cesante was the creation of a Tourism Building in Suba, Poblacion, Dalaguete, Cebu.
SKILLS TRAINING AND RESOURCE CENTER
MISSION. To become an effective training institution in catering the services to the less fortunate youth with quality education, advocating the true services in helping our lerarners to seek and improve the quality of life through the utilization of appropriate resources.
VISION. The Dalaguete Skills Training and Resource Center being a vocational training institution is geared towards the upliftment of the lives of the people of Dalaguete and its neighboring communities through the acquisition of the different skills and training.
MODERNIZATION. In consonance with the Third Millennium, Dalaguete is in the forefront. With a young and progressive Mayor, Dalaguete has closed more than a Million peso contract with Ng Khai Development Corporation to computerize the Real Property Tax Collection Office and the Business Permit and Licensing Office. In addition, the Municipality of Dalaguete has networking in all computers connecting all departments and offices. This step to modernization is aimed primarily to improve this major income-generating section of the LGU. Mayor Cesante's ultimate goal is for the total computerization of the government's communication's operation - which is the only way to catch up with the world in the future.