May 23, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – A total of P2.4 million under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan-Indigenous Peoples-Community Development Driven (Kalahi-CIDSS-Pamana-IP-CDD) Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development is set to benefit some barangays in this capital town.

A project orientation was held on Feb. 15 at the Mayor’s Conference Hall of the Bontoc Municipal Capitol attended by DSWD personnel, municipal government officials and employees, Kalahi-CIDSS-Pamana-IP-CDD partners, and barangays Maligcong, Samoki, Tocucan, and Bontoc Ili.

The barangays covered under the funding assistance were identified by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process, Reconciliation and Unity.

The four barangays are also the recipients of the Kalahi-CIDSS-Pamana-IP-CDD Sub-projects Cycle 1 where they received P1.2M each for the implementation of their proposed infrastructure projects.

Regional Program Coordinator Gian Carlo de Guzman lauded the barangays and the municipal government for the successful and timely completion of the projects, namely the improvement of pathway at Sitio Favarey in Barangay Maligcong; improvement of footpath at Sitio Upper Chenglis and Libchan in Barangay Tocucan; construction of drainage cum pathway along Sitio Pokisan and Sitio Chakalan in Barangay Bontoc Ili; and improvement of water pipelines along Sitio Saligking to Pammasao in Barangay Samoki.

As part of the orientation, Area Coordinating Team Municipal Financial Program Analyst Joan Batnag, Engr. Luis Pitan, and Deputy Regional Program Manager Manuel Ocaña Jr., presented an overview of the Kalahi-CIDSS-Pamana-IP-CDD Program, the timeline of implementation, and the processes for the second cycle.

Batnag clarified the P2.4M worth of projects for the Kalahi-CIDSS-Pamana-IP-CDD Sub-projects Cycle 2 will not be equally divided among barangays Maligcong, Samoki, Tocucan, and Bontoc Ili. It will be dependent on the cost of their respective project proposals and completion of required documents.

Municipal Administrator Eric Fulangen, Sr., who represented Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr., who had to attend an equally important event, extended his gratitude to the DWSD and other partner agencies for their continuous assistance to the municipality.

He acknowledged the positive impact of the projects on the lives of the constituents, adding the program promotes community empowerment as the recipients actively participate in the identification, implementation, and management of their development projects.

The Municipal Coordinating Team shall coordinate technical assistance, monitoring, and resolution of issues in the implementation of the project in the covered communities. – Alpine L. Killa-Malwagay and Aprilyn P. Tudlong