Municipal Mayor Antonio B. Chavez of San Jose recently attended the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional grand launching of the KALAHI CIDDS-NCDDP last October 16, 2014 at Camp Simeon Ola, Legazpi City. It was reportedly attended by 96 municipal mayors, 6 governors stood by their respective representatives, municipal social welfare development officers and other stakeholders, Mrs. Helen J. Mendoza, MSWDO of San Jose said.

Corollary to this occasion was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Municipal Mayors of the participating municipalities and Regional Director Arnel Garcia of the DSWD Regional Office in Legazpi City.

The Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDDS-NCDDP) is one of the expanded poverty alleviation programs of the National Government being implemented by DSWD and its development objective is to establish barangays/communities of the participating municipalities an empowered institution that provide an improved access to services and become an active participant in a more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation.

Accordingly, KALAHI CIDDS-NCDDP was expanded into a national scale of operations of the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach tried and proven effective by its predecessor, Kalahi-CIDDS, which started in 2003.

The CDD is a globally proven strategy for achieving service delivery, poverty reduction, and good governance outcomes. It was believed that using this strategy in the municipal level would help communities in the poor municipalities in identifying challenges at their midst that would eventually reduce poverty problems by making informed decisions within the range of their locally identified options for development including how it would be made and in what form. Of course, it also gives control of resources in addressing the local poverty issues of the communities and eventually builds the capacity of both the local governments and civil society stakeholders in providing assistance and/or responds to calls for support from poor communities as they implement development initiatives.

According to Engr. Chito Milante, Municipal Planning Development Officer of San Jose, the town is one of the 377 beneficiaries of the program considering that it was one of the municipalities heavily affected by the ravaging onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

Engr. Milante further said that there will be a municipal orientation that will be conducted on October 30, 2014 at the San Jose Sports Complex to be participated in by the Barangay Captains and one of their barangay councilors; people’s organizations (POs), non-government organizations (NGOs), Basic Service organizations (BSOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and other stakeholders including the Municipal Inter-agency Council, Municipal Community Coordinating Teams, Municipal Financial Analysts and the staff of KALAHI-CIDDS.