8 towns in Region 9 gets share of US$10M AusAID grant for day care, school projects PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 December 2012 14:18

Communities from eight municipalities covered by the DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS Project in the region received a share from the Australian Agency for International Development’s (AusAID) US$10-Million grant to implement proposed day care centers and school buildings, as part of agency’s thrust to assist in the improvement of the educational system in the country.

The municipalities of Kalawit, Siayan, Leon Postigo and Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte, Lapuyan, Vincenzo Sagun, and Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur and Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay are the identified areas for this engagement.

In the municipalities’ Kalahi-CIDSS cycle, some day care centers and schools were not prioritized in the municipal inter-barangay forum, since Project funds were limited. The communities decided to prioritize some day cares and schools, as well as roads, water systems and health stations, among others, however, the demand for education facilities remain, since there is still a lack of schools in these poor communities.

Moreover, educational facilities are essential infrastructures to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, since having accessible schools would ease the beneficiaries’ burden who would have to sometimes cross rivers and treacherous roads just to be able to get an education.

The schools and day care centers will be implemented using the community-driven development process of Kalahi-CIDSS, in which community volunteers are trained in engineering, finance and other concepts to see their subprojects through completion and sustainability. Local government units are also required to put up local counterpart contributions in support of the implementation of the subprojects.

This engagement is part of the government’s convergence approach, in which several agencies come together to help poor families reach a better way of life.