Region 12 anti-poverty project auditors, engineers undergo workshop

February 9, 2013 9:43 am 

COTABATO CITY, Feb. 8 — Twenty-five auditors and engineers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development implementing one of the anti-poverty flagship projects of the Philippines in Central Mindanao gathered Friday for a two-day Regional Fiduciary Workshop in Koronadal City.

Gemma Rivera, assistant regional director of DSWD Field Office XII, said that the two-day workshop was the first for this year and is part of the continuing strategy of the department to develop the knowledge, skills and attitude for an efficient and effective staff as front liners in the implementation of KapitBisig Laban saKahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS).

“We are conducting regular fiduciary workshop to strengthen the knowledge and enhance the capacities of personnel to effectively implement procurement and financial management system of the Kalahi-CIDSS Project”

Rivera noted that the workshop is considered as the best venue to directly verify “whether communities that are implementing the sub-projects and if funds entrusted to them are utilized as intended and if they strictly adhere to the financial management and procurement policies and procedures of the project.”

The two-day workshop was designed to collectively share, discuss, and settle the lessons learned and issues and concerns during sub-project implementation.

Kalahi-CIDSS is an anti-poverty project using the community-driven development strategy aiming to empower communities, improve local governance and reduce poverty which gave communities opportunity to decide and implement projects that will answer their pressing needs.

In Central Mindanao, since 2003, Kalahi-CIDSS has poured a total of P551 million for the construction of 508 different social infrastructure projects including school buildings, day care centers, bridges, drainage, health stations, electrification, post harvest facilities, water system, road, and many others that helped improve access to basic services and increase productivity.

All projects implemented by DSWD have helped improved the lives of people in community-beneficiaries because the community itself that identified the projects funded by DSWD. (PNA)

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