DSWD mulls Zambo as pilot area for urban KALAHI-CIDSS PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 February 2011 16:15

The Department of Social Welfare and Development reveals that Zamboanga City might be targeted for its revolutionary World Bank-funded anti-poverty program, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, or KALAHI-CIDSS Project, when it scales up to cover not just the rural areas, but urbanized cities as well.

This was dsiclosed during a press conference at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City last week by Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Camilo Gudmalin.

Gudmalin said, “there will be one (city) in the National Capital Region, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao”. However, he adds that the DSWD is still in the consultation phase on which communities will be selected to implement the Project.

Zamboanga City was named as one of the possible pilot areas for the “urbanized KALAHI-CIDSS”, with Davao City, Koronadal City, Cagayan de Oro City and Butuan City. Zamboanga was the only city initially named for Region 9.

“It will be a tedious process,” said Gudmalin, with regards to the selection of a particular city in Mindanao for KALAHI-CIDSS implementation. The identification of the cities will be finalized after the drafting of an operations manual, to include the criteria for selection, as suggested during consultations which will be held all over the country.

Currently, KALAHI-CIDSS is being implemented in the poorest municipalities, as declared by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) In Region 9, 12 poor municipalities in Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay are implementing the Project.  

The expansion to the cities is part of the agency’s move to expand the KALAHI-CIDSS’ reach, said Assistant Secretary Gudmalin, and mostly because of the presence of “packets of poverty” those areas.

The World Bank believes that by expanding the Project to poor communities within the cities would enable the replication of the gains brought about by KALAHI-CIDSS in the municipalities that it has touched since 2003.

“We have seen good results on the implementation of the program in rural areas. Now, we would like to expand in the urban areas as there are still packets of poverty in these communities,” said World Bank team leader for KALAHI-CIDSS Maria Loreto Padua. She added that civil society groups, non-government organizations, the local government units and the DSWD itself will jointly handle KALAHI-CIDSS implementation.

KALAHI-CIDSS is revolutionary since it aims not only to provide infrastructure projects like water systems, schools, health stations and others to the poor communities presently lacking them. On a higher note, it engages poor citizens to personally identify, implement, operate, and manage their own projects in the ultimate effort to empower them as developmental partners.