The Millennium Challenge Account – Philippines (MCA-P) with the cooperation of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) recently went to the partially and totally damaged Bohol towns that was struck by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in October 15, 2013.
MCA-P is the office that handles the grant of Millenium Challenge Corporation and they help Kalahi-CIDSS in implementing the poverty reduction programs of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
MCC is committed to help rebuild the lives of affected beneficiary towns. We are here to assess the extent of damage and come up with proposed solutions for a rehabilitation program together with the affected communities. We visited the hardly-hit Kalahi-CIDSS areas in the province, such as the towns of Buenavista, Carmen, Danao and Getafe, explained Director Andy Moll of MCA-P.
Director Moll was delighted that the communities they helped only suffered partial damages and the projects that were repaired were financed using the savings of the associations and barangay offices.
Empowerment of communities brought by the Kalahi-CIDSS has been best illustrated through these local initiatives. Communities are now pro-actively driving the development themselves using their own funds or in partnerships with their local government units, enthused Moll.
As part of the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) of Kalahi-CIDSS, the communities under this program should maintain their community projects by conceptualizing an operation and maintenance plan, as well as implement barangay ordinances.MCAP Director Andy Moll (center) and DSWD officials (national and regional), inspect an MCC funded bridge in Buenavista, Bohol (Barangay Cambus-oc). Image courtesy of DSWD.
One of the lucky towns that is part of CEAC is Jetafe. The local mayor couldn’t express his gratitude more!
We are very grateful for the opportunity that MCC is providing us. Fortunately, community projects of Kalahi-CIDSS in our town only acquired partial damages in which our communities have already started repairing. We would like to offer this opportunity to other communities, which were more affected by the earthquake, Jetafe Municipal Mayor Casey Shun Camacho said.
The communities from Danao, Carmen and Buenavista are also identifying needs and creating proposals to be submitted to MCA-P. With technical assistance from DSWD and supervision of Kalahi-CIDSS and MCA-P, rehabilitation is expected to be complete by April 2014.