(Metro News) DSWD allocates P3.6M worth of livelihood assistance to two Manila barangays

November 26, 2011 12:59 am 

MANILA, Nov. 25 – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has allocated P3.6 million worth of livelihood assistance to Barangays 702 and 704 in Malate, Manila under the agency's "Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services" (KALAHI-CIDSS)program.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Juliano-Soliman the assistance was in line with the agency's Livelihood Opportunities for Vulnerable Urban Communities (LVUC).

The LVUC implement labor-intensive, small-scale development projects using an emergency employment scheme adapted from DSWD’s cash-for-work program, livelihood skills training for job placements, and establishment of community enterprises.

It uses the community-driven development (CDD) approach, which has been tested and proven effective in easing poverty in the country’s poorest provinces. It is funded by the Japan Social Development Fund, which is administered by the World Bank.

CDD empowers citizens to directly participate in local governance aimed at reducing poverty by identifying their community needs, planning, implementing and monitoring projects together to address local poverty issues.

“The efficacy of the government’s poverty reduction efforts lies in the involvement and participation of community members themselves who serve as pillars of the local government in attaining development. We need a people-empowering, bottom-up approach towards poverty alleviation which this project advocates,” Soliman said.

The LVUC project sites were identified based on the June 2009 survey on the impacts of the global economic crisis on Filipino households in the urban areas, and the social impact assessment conducted in the same year. Other identified sites are urban poor communities in Cavite, Laguna, Muntinlupa, Mandaluyong and Malabon. Manila is the second city after Rosario in Cavite to have partnered with DSWD for this project.

KALAHI-CIDSS is one of the three core poverty alleviation programs implemented by DSWD in partnership with local government units. (PNA) RMA/PFN/utb

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