Editorial: Philippines' Community-Driven Development programs

The Government of Myanmar is replicating a Philippine community-driven development (CDD) program - Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS). A delegation from Myanmar visited the Philippines on June 10-14, 2013, to study the Philippine program.

The visit, organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the World Bank (WB), afforded the Myanmar delegates the opportunity to learn about the impact of Kalahi-CIDSS as their country prepares to adopt it. Country representatives of seven developing member countries of the Asian Development Bank - Bangladesh, Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam - who held a learning visit to the Philippines on February 5-7, 2013, likewise cited the Kalahi-CIDSS as an effective tool to make beneficiary-communities active participants in local development.

CDD is a poverty alleviation strategy that gives people a chance to actively decide which sub-projects will be implemented in their communities. The WB-funded Kalahi-CIDSS trains people to mobilize themselves to push for community development. It is one of DSWD core social protection programs, along with Sustainable Livelihood Scheme, targeting the poorest households.

For 2013, the government is using the CDD approach as a national strategy for poverty alleviation. The scaling up of Kalahi-CIDSS is done through the National Community Driven Development Program (NCDDP), which applies the lessons learned in implementing CDD programs of other agencies. From 12 regions, the NCDDP is expanding coverage to 15 regions.

In the 15 regions, 19,395 barangays in 900 municipalities in 68 provinces are included in the program. A similar program is in the works for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao to add 118 municipalities to be covered. In Metro Manila, the expansion of livelihood projects is being implemented in 10 barangays in Malabon City and six barangays in Muntinlupa City.
The Manila Bulletin led by its Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabañes, Officers and Employees, congratulate Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon J. Soliman and Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Project Manager Edgar G. Pato, in their combined undertakings to make community-driven development programs in the Republic of the Philippines a showcase for empowerment for several countries in the Asia-Pacific. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

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