CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)--To ensure continuous delivery of community empowerment programs and projects, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 sought support from lawmakers in Congress to push for the approval of the Community-Driven Development (CDD) bill, particularly in the 19th Congress.
In a recently held Community-Driven Development (CDD) Knowledge Exchange Forum in Cagayan de Oro City, Ramel F. Jamen, regional director of DSWD-10, shared that they intend to get 100% support from the congressmen to make the CDD bill a law. "Ang pinakagusto natong kab-uton kini karon is makuha nato ang 100% support sa mga congressmen nga unta mahimo nang balaod ang CDD [Community-Driven Development]. So kini karon, nag-communicate ta sa atong congressmen nga hopefully in the 19th congress, ila na gyud ning himuong balaod kay aron ma-ensure nga ang empowerment sa mga tao, mahatag nato," he said.
(What we really want to achieve is to get the 100% support of the congressmen so that they can make CDD [community-driven development] into law. So now, we have communicated with our congressmen to hopefully, in the 20th Congress, have the bill turned into law to ensure the empowerment of people will be provided)
The bill is derived from the current program of DSWD, which is the KALAHI-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan—Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services). KALAHI-CIDSS is a community-driven development approach that promotes community empowerment. It engages in community action planning through community-based financial management, community-based procurement, community-managed implementation, and community-based monitoring and evaluation.
"There is no overlapping because, again, for the KALAHI-CIDSS, we are not implementing infrastructure projects; ang aim natin dito [our aim here] is empowerment and participation, so we help the communities identify the projects that they need," said Lawyer Bernadette A. Mapue-Joaquin, national program manager, KALAHI-CIDSS. KALAHI-CIDSS in Region 10 has a total grant allocation of P1,622,430,100. But the gap, according to Jamen of DSWD, is that they are seeing 3.7 billion unfunded grants in 2024. The components of the grants from the World Bank are already here, but the government share, which usually consists of the salaries of staff, is absent. "Mao na atong gusto i-address nga kining 3.7 billion for 2024 can only be ensured with the approval of CDD," he said. (This is what we want to address: the 3.7 billion for 2024 can only be ensured with the approval of CDD) The proposed CDD bill, dubbed An Act Institutionalizing the Community-Driven Development (CDD) Approach as a National Strategy for Inclusive Growth and Social Protection, and Appropriating Funds Thereof.
If turned into law, it is not only DSWD that will adopt this strategy; all government projects, community projects, and program services would need to use the strategy of CDD, director Jamen said. (JMOR/PIA-10)
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 held a Community-Driven Development (CDD) Knowledge Exchange Forum to get support from lawmakers for the proposed Community-Driven Development (CDD) bill which is currently the KALAHI-CIDDS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) program of the DSWD. This is to ensure the continuous delivery of community empowerment programs and projects. (JMAG/PIA10)