Government’s poverty alleviation drive to benefit 5.3-M households

More than 5-Million households all over the country will benefit from the government’s poverty alleviation program nationwide.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Maria Lourdes Jarabe said the government’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) implemented by the DSWD is a government’s poverty-alleviation program which uses the community-driven development (CDD) approach that empowers communities.

“The CDD approach empowers communities in 847 targeted poor and disaster-affected municipalities in 14 regions to identify their own needs, and collectively implement and manage solutions to these needs,” Jarabe said.

By the end of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term in 2022, the DSWD hopes to help in reducing the poverty incidence rate to 14 percent from the current 22 percent.

As of June this year, a total of 5,387,000 households are targeted to benefit from the KALAHI-CIDSS project, 5,161,000 of which, are enrolled in the DSWD, which is already 96 percent accomplished.

The program is funded by the national government, along with development such partners as the World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Among the projects under the program are the basic access infrastructure in barangays, skills training and community building, and eco-tourism sub-projects, among others.

To implement such projects, there are now 35,000 barangay action plans submitted to the LGUs.

The program is designed to empower communities that plan to use barangay grants effectively, improve households’ access to basic services and good governance, and poverty reduction.

“It helps ensure a truly people-centered development by providing development assistance, capacity-building, and implementation support to poverty-disadvantaged and disaster-affected municipalities,” Jarabe said.