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A total of 139 participants composed of the Punong Barangay and their two barangay councilors together with the municipal department heads and employees attended the Municipal Orientation on KALAHI-CIDDS-NCDDP project implementation at the Port Alfred Hotel and Resort in Talisay, Dolo, San Jose, Camarines Sur on October 30, 2014.

The morning session started with a prayer and the singing of the national anthem then followed by an opening remark of Mayor Antonio B. Chavez and the introduction of the 13 representatives of KALAHI-CIDDS-NCDDP assigned at San Jose, and the two guest speakers, namely: Mrs. Maria Lilibeth E. Garganta, Community Development Officer-III, who spoke about the Project Overview and Mrs. Eufrosina P. Gappi, Financial Analysts-III, who explained the financial aspects during the implementation of the project. Both are noted officers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sub-region Project Management Office based in Daet, Camarines Norte.

Mr. Samuel N. Torres, KALAHI-CIDDS-NCDDP Area Coordinator in San Jose presented to the participants Architect Reiner Loria, Technical Facilitator; Ms. Mary Jane Toca, Municipal Financial Analyst, and the Community Empowerment Facilitators (CEF) of the 29 barangays which were grouped together into 10 clusters, namely: Juan Joaquin Arcangel – San Antonio, San Juan, and Soledad; Florence R. Canseco – San Vicente, Del Carmen, and Sta. Cruz; Amelyn Balingbing – Tominawog, Camagong, and Palale; Michelle Angelica A. Gorordo – Telegrafo, Manzana, and Kinalansan; Ma. Salve Alamil – Danlog, Tambangan, and Pugay; Ruby Janne Monforte – Mampirao, Calawit, and Calalahan; Ralph A. Bobis – Salogon, Tagas, and Ponglon; Ma. Charis M. Abaroa – Bahay, Boclod, and Bagacay; Cathy V. Mostrado – Catalotoan, Dolo, and Minoro; and Ariel Verches – Sabang and Adiangao.

During the afternoon session, Engr. Jose Chito Milante, the Municipal Planning and Development Officer, presented to the participants the 3-year programs and projects of the LGU from 2014-2016. It was followed by the reading of the approved resolutions of the Sangguniang Bayan and the consequent Executive Orders issued by the Mayor related to the project implementation, it was followed by the seeking of affirmation from the barangay officials of the motion submitted on floor by Mr. Torres. The motion was unanimously approved by the body and concurred by Mayor Chavez. Likewise, a ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) followed between the DSWD represented by Mrs. Garganta and LGU-San Jose by Mayor Chavez.

In his opening remark, Mayor Chavez informed the participants that the ₱61 million overall funding of the project will benefit the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged constituents affected by Typhoon Yolanda until 2016 and it will be directly provided at the barangay level. Thus, he called on the barangay officials to be partners during the project implementation, and be seriously committed in pursuing its success. They should build closer relationship through active coordination and collaboration with their assigned facilitators in order to fast track the gathering of the needed information and document preparation to avail funding from KALAHI-CIDDS-NCDDP of their respective poverty alleviation programs.

On the other hand, Mrs. Garganta stressed that San Jose is one of the identified beneficiaries of the 377 towns with large number of poor and Typhoon Yolanda-affected residents. She explained the following key features of the project: a) Direct funds transfer to communities, b) Municipal Inter-barangay Forum, c) Open Menu System for the project, and the d) Grievance Redress System. All of these features were designed to fast track implementation through the empowerment of communities with the support of their barangay officials and in promoting transparency to win their trust and confidence.

Mrs. Gappi also explained the required phases of funding requisitions both in the Municipal and Barangay levels. She stressed the qualification requirements of target beneficiaries such as project identification through barangay assembly and forum, information gathering and documents preparation and subsequent submission which would detail the levels of affectations, and other technical and criteria prioritization requirements.

During the open forum, a few participants asked questions mainly focused on the phases of funding releases and project management, which were satisfactorily answered by the guest speakers.