By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery
of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) in Eastern Visayas is adapting the
bottom-up budgeting, DSWD Region 8 Director Leticia Diokno informed.
Director Diokno said
that in line with the bottom-up budgeting scheme, the KALAHI-CIDSS has
trained the first batch of newly-hired staff for area coordinating
team in pilot areas in the Region, under the Millennium Challenge
Another batch of
trainees, particularly the newly hired staff under the World Bank
Additional Fund, is currently undergoing training at the Leyte Park
The ACT is composed of
Area Coordinators, Deputy Area Coordinators, Municipal Financial
Analysts, and Community Facilitators, Director Diokno said.
Ms. Natividad Sequito,
Regional Project Coordinator, said that the training aims to equip and
orient the newly hired staff about KALAHI-CIDSS and the Community
Driven Development (CDD) process.
After the training,
these new staff will be deployed to the pilot municipalities for 10
days, before they will be sent to their permanent assigned
municipalities. They will be exposed on the realities and ground
conditions of the KALAHI-CIDSS municipalities wherein they are tasked
to gather insights and lessons on integrating local community
priorities into NGA plans and budgets. Also, they are required to keep
field notes, reflection papers and reports, RPC Sequito added.
The final output for
the whole duration of the 10-day exposure of the new staff is the
project proposals based on the Local Anti-Poverty Plan (LAPP) of the
covered pilot municipalities.
covered in the region are: Las Navas, Silvino Lobos and San Roque; all
in Northern Samar. Other municipalities are Matuguinao, Tagapul-an,
Sto. Niňo, Sta. Rita, Gandara, Tarangnan, Sta. Margarita, San Jose de
Buan, Daram, Motiong, Paranas, Pinabacdao and Villareal, Samar.
budgeting in KALAHI-CIDSS is pursuant to the Department of Budget and
Management’s (DBM) issuance of national budget memorandum number 112
dated December 29, 2011 which mandates the use of bottom-up budgeting
process in the preparation of National Government Agencies (NGAs)
budget for FY 2013 that will fund anti-poverty programs and projects
of about 300 to 400 focus municipalities and cities identified by the
Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster (HDPRCC).
KALAHI-CIDSS is an
anti-poverty project of the government spearheaded by the DSWD. It
aims to empower the community, improve local governance, and reduce