Quake-stricken Bohol towns receive additional funding

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

DANAO, Bohol -- Representatives from the communities of this town gathered recently to discuss the implementation of rehabilitation funds given to the municipality by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a United States Congress funding agency that has poured in additional grant intended for the typhoon and earthquake-stricken municipalities.

The activity is called a Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF), which is one of the critical processes developed and implemented by the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a poverty reduction program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that has been scaled-up into a national program last year because of its effectiveness in addressing community needs and overall community empowerment.

MIBF in Danao Bohol
Contributed photo

The MIBF fosters community participation and project transparency, wherein ordinary community folks coming from different barangays get to decide and plan how the development plans will be implemented, making service delivery and local governance more responsive.

“MCC is committed to help uplift the living conditions of poor communities in the country and has provided additional grant intended for the rehabilitation of community projects they have previously funded," said DSWD-Central Visayas Director Mercedita Jabagat.

Aside from Danao, two other towns in Bohol will also receive rehabilitation funds from MCC.

"A big chunk of the rehabilitation funds is allocated for Eastern Visayas because it has the most damaged MCC-funded community projects. In Central Visayas, the earthquake hardest hit towns of Danao, Buenavista and Carmen have been identified with a total of 36 partially and totally damaged community projects to be included in the rehabilitation program," Jabagat said.

Kalahi-CIDSS uses a Community-Driven Development (CDD) technology that harnesses the potential of the members of a barangay to identify and prioritize problems and needs of their community and propose solutions through small-scale infrastructure projects.

Since 2003, Kalahi-CIDSS has produced 587 community projects in 12 poor municipalities in the province of Bohol. Community projects ranging from farm-to-market roads, irrigation and water systems, school buildings, health and day care centers, solar dryers, tourism projects to rainwater collectors – all conceptualized and implemented by the communities themselves in partnership with their local government units. (PR)

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