COTABATO CITY, Oct. 23 (PNA) — A total of 142 newly-hired staff of the government’s Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development Program (KALAHI-NCDDP) composed of area coordinators, project engineers, financial analysts and community empowerment facilitators are now ready to be deployed in various communities in the region, an official said Thursday.
Bai Zorahayda Taha, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-12), said the field workers are now equipped with the necessary know-how in the implementation of the project after they underwent orientation on their roles and responsibilities as well as on the program guidelines prior to actual deployment in their assigned area.
Speaking during the orientation, Taha reminded them to perform completed staff work in their individual tasks.
“I want all of my staff to be fully aware of the results and the expected output which the program require,” she said.
She also advised all trained NCDDP workers to observe courtesy to program partners particularly to Local Chief Executives and other LGU officials and to serve as bridge whenever problems in the community arise.
Seventeen municipalities in the region are set to avail of this initiative as a poverty reduction effort of the government that aims to empower communities by providing them access to services and make them participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting and implementation.
These are the towns of Glan, Kiamba, Maasim and Maitum in Saranggani Province; Alamada, Aleosan, Banisilan, Carmen and Pikit in North Cotabato; and Bagumbayan, Isulan, Kalamansig, Lambayong, Lebak, Lutayan, Palimbang and Senator Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat.
In the last 10 years, 25 towns have benefited from the program.
KALAHI CIDDS – NCDDP aims to empower communities by providing them opportunities to select projects that are considered priority needs such as school buildings, bridges and water systems, among others. (PNA)