President Aquino lauds KALAHI-CIDSS member-beneficiaries

September 17, 2010 10:11 am 

SAN JOSE, Davao del Norte, Sept. 16 — President Benigno S. Aquino III lauded member-beneficiaries of the government’s anti-poverty program Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDDS) here for their exemplary work to improve their lives.

Around 1,000 member-beneficiaries and residents came out to meet the Chief Executive in their newly-constructed multi-purpose shed built by funds raised through their patronage of the KALAHI-CIDDS program.

The community was also able to put up its own water supply system and rough in-roads without the requisite budget augmentation from the national government.

“There are several projects here you put together that we can use as examples for other places,” the President said.

The Chief Executive vowed to provide additional financial assistance for their other projects such as the construction of farm-to-market roads now that government funds are being utilized properly.

“We have realized a lot of savings since we started using our funds more judiciously,” he said, citing funding anomalies in the Departments of Agriculture and Public Works and Highways that are being investigated and cancelled.

The President said the funds that would have gone to waste can now be realigned to fund more important projects such as school buildings and salaries of health workers.

He promised to continue taking the straight path and to work tirelessly to improve the lives of the Filipino people. “With good governance, I can promise that your problems will be much less,” the President said.

The KALAHI-CIDSS is a community-driven development (CDD) project that aims to empower communities through their enhanced participation in community projects that reduce poverty.

It strengthens community participation in local governance and develops local capacity to design, implement, and manage development activities.

Community grants are used to support the building of low-cost, productive infrastructure such as roads, water systems, clinics, and schools. (PNA)

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