kalahi dnhsPoverty reduction has been one of the main thrusts of the present administration. From the National Government down to the municipalities and barangay level, the alleviation of our peoples’ condition is of paramount concern. Thus the implementation of the Kalahi CIDSS NCDDP program in the Municipality of Dalaguete.

Kalahi CIDSS NCDDP stands for Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan, Comprehensive and I ntegrated Delivery of Social Services, National CommunityDriven Development Program. This program aims to empower communities through their enhanced participation in projects that positively affect their well-being, their means of livelihood and ultimately reduce poverty incidence in the country.

In Region VII, the Municipality of Dalaguete, through the initiative and guidance of the Municipal Mayor Ronald Allan G. Cesante together with the Sangguniang Bayan members, became a pilot area of Kalahi CIDSS under the 293 classification.

Early this year up to the month of April 2015, initial social investigation, consultations, data gathering and a series of Barangay Assemblies were launched to orient the communities about the goals and mechanics of the Program. This was conducted by the Kalahi CIDSS Area Coordinating Team ( ACT) assisted by their local counterpart, the Municipal Coordinating Team (MCT) and with the full support of the LGU through the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) and the Municipal Inter-Agency Committee (MIAC) headed by the Mayor himself.

April 21, 2015 marked the final step of the Social Investigation phase of the program with the launching of the “Municipal Participatory Situational Analysis Workshop”. Held at the Dalaguete National High School covered court, the activity was attended by community volunteers (CVs) from all 33 barangays, the members of the MIAC, the ACTs and the MCTs. The objective was primarily to build a common understanding of the PSA objectives, process, tools and outputs among all those involved in the program and to plan for the conduct of PSA activities in the barangays. Highlighting the activity was the workshop reporting by the participants that featured their visions of development for their respective barangays. The future indeed seemed brighter but the road to development is still a long way. The next challenge will be the “Barangay Participatory Situational Analysis Workshop” which will be held in their respective barangays and whose main protagonists will be the people themselves.

With patient perseverance, cooperation and trust in God’s providence we may after all attain a better quality of life that everybody dream about for the people of our municipality.

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