By Zaldy De Layola

MILESTONE. An undated photo shows workers completing one of the sub-projects by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services program. The DSWD has achieved a milestone by completing 16,975 sub-projects in 2023. (Photo courtesy of DSWD)

MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Wednesday took pride of having achieved a milestone after completing 16,975 sub-projects in 2023 under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) program.

DSWD Assistant Secretary for Strategic Communications and spokesperson Romel Lopez said the accomplishment is a testament to the department’s unwavering commitment to addressing evolving community needs.

“Since its inception in 2003, KALAHI-CIDSS has garnered an annual average of 5,000 completed subprojects, but because of the retooling efforts of the department, the program was able to achieve its highest number of completed sub-projects in 2023,” Lopez said in a statement.

KALAHI-CIDSS is a poverty alleviation program that utilizes a community-driven development (CDD) approach to empower poor communities and improve their quality of life.

The program focuses on enhancing local governance, promoting social inclusion and fostering sustainable development through active community participation.

Earlier, DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian issued a directive to prioritize the retooling of DSWD programs and services to become more responsive to the needs of its clients and beneficiaries.

“The completed sub-projects encompassed a wide range of initiatives, including infrastructure developments, livelihood programs, and community facilities,” Lopez said.

Each project was meticulously executed with the active participation and engagement of community members, ensuring that the solutions implemented are tailored to the specific requirements of every locality.

“DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS acknowledges the dedication and hard work of the communities, local government units, partner-organizations, and all stakeholders involved in making this accomplishment possible. The collaborative spirit and collective effort have truly exemplified the success of the community-driven development approach,” Lopez said.

For 2024, the DSWD will remain steadfast in its commitment to promoting inclusive and sustainable development across the nation, he added. (PNA)