P600-M DSWD anti-poverty funds released to towns since 2014

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P600-M DSWD anti-poverty funds released to towns since 2014

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Around P600-million worth of sub-projects have been turned over to various towns in Bohol through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) community-based anti-poverty program.

Dubbed Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), the program allotted large sums to build daycare centers, school buildings, water systems and drainage facilities in various Bohol towns.

It also funded the construction of basic access facilities such as farm-to-market roads, footpaths and footbridges.

According to Alberto Suello, officer-in-charge if Kalahi-CIDSS Bohol, the P600-million fund was released in the period of 2014 until this month.

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Suello said that 30 towns were included in the program’s cycle 1.

A total of 24 municipalities have already received their share of the fund while six towns including Jagna, San Miguel, Mabini, Carlos P. Garcia, Pilar and Loboc have not submitted details on which projects will be funded by their respective allotments.

From the first to the last cycle of the project, all towns will be allotted funds for their sub-projects except for Tagbilaran City and the towns of Baclayon,  Bein unido, Getafe, Albur, Talibon and Danao.

Seullo explained that the city and six towns were not included as these were classified as areas with relatively low poverty but were affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

He said that the program prioritizes towns with relatively high poverty rate and were affected by Typhoon Yolanda and other calamities such as the 2013 earthquake.

The entire Kalahi-CIDDS fund amounts to P1,374,711,110 and will be earmarked for 1,068 sub projects which are being implemented since 2014 until 2018.

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The town of Inabanga was the latest recipient of funds from the Kalahi-CIDSS as the DSWD turned over on Monday P30 million to the LGU for the first cycle while another P15 million will be released on the second cycle. (Allen Doydora) 

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