COMMUNITY volunteers from the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, and Bukidnon have represented the region in the 3rd National Community Volunteers’ Congress held last August 13 in Butuan City.
The Northern Mindanao delegation comprised of nine community volunteers, representing their respective Barangay Sub-Project Management Committees (BSPMC), from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).
Mary Ann Patalinghog representing the community ofBarangay Kilangit, Gitagum, Misamis Oriental; Suzette Mosende of Barangay Taparak, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental; and Mariela Galendez of Barangay San Jose, Medina, Misamis Oriental are awarded in the Improved Local Governance category.
“Dako kayo ang akong kalipay nga kami nga taga-Taparak nahimong usa sa mga awardee sa Bayani Ka Awards, dili namo ni makab-ot nga pasidungog kung wala ang suporta sa among lokal nga pangagamhanan, sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS na staff, barangay officials ug kauban namong mga boluntaryo” says Mosende.
Florentino Amores from Barangay Aromahon, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental was awarded in the Elderly category which recognizes communities who value the elderly sector with equal opportunities. Florentino is 63 years old, and a pastor.
“Nagpasalamat ako sa Ginoo sa mga kaayuhan ug kalamboan nga nahatag sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS sa among barangay, nga sa kadugay sa panahon kami nangandoy og proyekto nga makahatag og tingusbawan sa among barangay ug sa mga lumulupyo niini, ug karon natubag na gyud,” Amores.
Barangay Aromahon in Laguindingan was recipient to four community sub-projects through DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. These are: Day Care Center, 1 unit school building with two classrooms, concreting of 0.350 kilometer farm-to-market road, and a continuation of the 0.300 kilometer farm-to-market road. These community sub-projects span from 2015 to 2019 implementation of the program.
Mohammad Shiek Pandapatan ofBarangay Pacalundo, Baloi, Lanao del Norte was awarded in the Sustained Community Volunteers’ Group. Mohammad is also now part of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority Parliament under the Office of the Member of the Parliament Said Shiek as a Chief of Staff (EA VI). Mohammad volunteered and was selected as the BSPMC chairperson of Pacalundo from 2015 – 2018.
Mohammad has encouraged everyone to boost the call for CDD institutionalization. “Suportahan po natin ang institusyonalisasyon ng Community-Driven Development approach ng DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. Suportahan po natin ang pagsasabatas nito, malaki at maliliit po na problema sa ating mga kumunidad ay nasolusyonan na ng CDD approach.”
Arlene Misiona of Barangay Lower Sagadan, Baroy, Lanao del Norte; and Josephine Oracion of Barangay Maribojoc, Tudela, Misamis Occidental represent their communities and are awarded in the Gender and Development category.
Roger Mutia representing the community ofBarangay Ospital, Aloran, Misamis Occidental was awarded in the Environmental Protection category. The Labo creek, which stretches out to the Aloran River overflows and endangers the lives of the community members – despite not being prioritized for two cycle implementations, the community never lost hope of their dream. The community sub-project of the Barangay Ospital is the Construction of 40 Linear Meter Flood Control Structure is now completed which is funded through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS amounting to P1,350,572.00 with P116,00.00 local counterpart from the barangay development fund of Ospital. Roger Mutia was recently elected as a Barangay Councilor and holds the committee chairmanship of environment and infrastructure.
Joselito Tumanod representing the community ofBarangay New Eden, Pangantucan, Bukidnon has received the Indigenous Peoples’ Welfare category.
Oracion, Galendez, and Tumanod were also recently elected as barangay councilors in their respective communities.
The Bayani Ka Awards and National Community Volunteers Congress is an activity that recognizes the efforts and valuable contributions of community volunteers who have been implementing sub-projects through the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach.
The activity is an annual event of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS to celebrate the success of community-driven development which is implemented across 827 municipalities nationwide.
This year’s theme is “Padayon, Kalahi-CIDSS!,”which boosts the clamor to institutionalize the CDD strategy in DSWD programs and in the local development process of municipalities.
The event was participated by more than 250 community volunteers, local chief executives, and barangay officials from 14 regions nationwide.
Kalahi-CIDSS is one of poverty alleviation programs of DSWD stipulated in the Magna Carta of the Poor. It uses the CDD approach in empowering communities that provides the opportunity for participation by giving them control over decisions and resources. Through CDD, sub-projects target the immediate needs of the communities and community members have larger stake in their own development.
To date, there are 604,048 community volunteers who worked together to complete the 26,828 community sub-projects nationwide.
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