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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesMonday, April 22, 2013
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DSWD holds
planning workshop

BY RENE GENOVE

Municipal information officers of 11 towns in Negros Oriental gathered in Dumaguete City recently for an advocacy planning workshop on communication strategies to promote projects that will combat poverty.

The activity was organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 7.

It aims to promote the community-driven development approach of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Integrated Delivery of Social Services, Kalahi-CIDSS project, as an effective strategy to address community needs and overall poverty concerns.

The workshop identified issues and bottlenecks in communicating social welfare interventions in the communities, and addressed communication problems in the field to maximise the delivery of services in anti-poverty programs to the 11 beneficiary areas.

DSWD Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat reminded the participants of their roles in the development process. She said town information officers are crucial in promoting the anti-poverty program. Getting their commitment and support to the Kalahi-CIDSS Project and its strategies is essential in the institutionalisation of CDD in their town, she added.

Jabagat also said that with the National Community-Driven Development Program recently approved by President Benigno Aquino, DSWD will soon cover more poor towns in Negros Oriental and Central Visayas provinces in 2014.*RG

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