KALAHI-CIDSS receives good reviews, gets nod to scale up from World Bank

June 8, 2009 11:31 am 

MANILA, June 8 — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Esperanza Cabral welcomed positive reports from the KALAHI-CIDSS’s Seventh Implementation Review and was assured of Project expansion support during a management meeting with the World Bank.

Secretary Cabral said DSWD is pleased with World Bank’s observation on the status of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services or KALAHI-CIDSS Project implementation.

The meeting on May 22 was attended by Secretary Cabral, KALAHI-CIDSS National Project Director Undersecretary Luwalhati F. Pablo, Deputy National Project Director Ruel G. Lucentales and National Project Manager Camilo G. Gudmalin for DSWD. World Bank representatives included Country Director Bert Hofman, Task Team Leader Andrew Parker, Social Development Consultant Julien Labonne, Social Development Specialist Malu Padua and Infrastructure Specialist Nora Moreno

Satisfactory Implementation

According to the Aide Memoire dated May 21, 2009, the “overall project implementation progress is satisfactory” and KALAHI-CIDSS “continues to make progress in achieving its overall development objectives as it enters the final stage of implementation on the remaining 83 municipalities under Phase IIIB and IV.”

“Most key performance indicators (KPIs) are on track to meet their target and some have exceeded targets,” the Aide Memoire read. As of March 31, 2009, 130 out of the Project’s 184 municipalities have already completed operations; 990,597 barangay households have benefited from 5,289 KALAHI-CIDSS-supported subprojects; participatory process has been adopted by 88 percent of the LGUs in the preparation of local development plans and several LGUs have formalized their commitment to KALAHI-CIDSS through a memorandum of agreement.

The World Bank review also found out that KALAHI-CIDSS is “in full compliance with all Loan Covenants but a restructuring of selected project activities is required” and “subprojects were assessed to have a high level of functionality.”

Operational and Sustainable

According to sustainability evaluations conducted by a composite team of LGU staff, community representatives and DSWD staff from 2005 to the first semester of 2008, 74 percent of 1,661 subprojects were either “satisfactory” or “very satisfactory.”

Meanwhile, 96 percent of 1,392 completed subprojects in 2007 that underwent a functionality audit in 2008 were found to be “operational and provided the intended service.” Four percent of audited subprojects were found to have functionality problems “mainly due to natural disaster and a low or delayed delivery of LGU counterparts.”

“DSWD will continue reaching out to the rural poor with KALAHI-CIDSS and we are in fact proposing to scale up its operations,” Secretary Cabral said.

National KALAHI-CIDSS

Hofman expressed support to DSWD’s plan to scale up assuring “World Bank will provide resources. He recommended that a national KALAHI-CIDSS program should be implemented but that this “needs political support to make it a national program.”

He said the World Bank considers DSWD as a “major client” and is impressed with its implementation of KALAHI-CIDSS.

He congratulated both the DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS Team and the World Bank Technical Team given that things are “going smoothly” for the Project and the collaboration is a “very good example of a successful partnership.”

“I am looking forward to a stronger partnership with DSWD,” Hofman said.

The World Bank Country Director also praised KALAHI-CIDSS as a “progressive program” in a sense that there are “lots of possibilities to build on” with regard to its best practices.

The “challenge” would be to implement an “urban KALAHI-CIDSS,” he said. (PNA)

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