The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Mimaropa is once again rallying the 19th congress to institutionalize the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach.
Speaking at the Regional Bayani Ka Award 2023 ceremony in Quezon City on Thursday, Sheila Tapia, DSWD Mimaropa OIC Assistant Regional Director for Operations, emphasized the need for continuity in their community-driven development program.
“Nais nating mapanatili at mapalaganap ang mga prinsipyong ito dahil tayo ay nasa iisang komunidad lamang, mas makabubuti na tayo ay sama-sama sa hamon ng kahirapan sa mga kasamahan sa komunidad,” Tapia affirmed.
According to a press release by DSWD Kalahi CIDSS, House Bills 00443, filed by Mountain Province Representative Maximo Dalog Jr.; 00500, filed by Benguet Representative Eric Yap, Davao City Representative Paolo Duterte, and ACT-CIS Partylist Representatives Edvic Yap, Jocelyn Tulfo, and Jeffrey Soriano; and 01910, filed by Batangas Representative Lianda Bolilia, all aim to institutionalize CDD and its principles as the national strategy for inclusive growth and social protection.
The CDD Bill holds the potential to enhance the government’s ability to foster inclusive growth and social protection. Moreover, it offers an opportunity to build upon and sustain the successes achieved through the implementation of KALAHI-CIDSS.
Tapia added that despite the absence of a law, several local government units in the Mimaropa region already passed measure in their locality to institutionalize the CDD including the towns of Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro and Bongabong in Oriental Mindoro.