The Local Government Unit Forum was intended to provide mayors and their key officials the basic knowledge on how KALAHI-CIDSS is implemented so that these local government units can "make informed decisions" on their inclusion in the project.
The municipalities of Kapalong, Davao del Norte and Pantukan, Compostela Valley will join KALAHI-CIDSS in January next year after they were chosen during the municipal selection process held in July this year.
The forum was also a way of communicating the LGUs with "opportunities to engage the Provincial LGUs and the KALAHI-CIDSS Regional Project Management Office around the possible provision of technical assistance and other forms of support in KC implementation."
"The forum provided the mayors the venue where they could get the much-needed knowledge in assessing the dynamics in KALAHI-CIDSS implementation," said DSWD Regional Director Ester A. Versoza, also the KALAHI-CIDSS regional project director.
Versoza said the forum also allowed the department to link up with the municipalities not only for the implementation of KALAHI-CIDSS but also for other poverty reduction programs.
KALAHI-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is a World Bank-funded project which utilizes the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach.