Claveria Mayor Froilan V. Andueza and KALAHI-CIDSS Community Development Officer Jezreel P. Bane led the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the evacuation center.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) turned over the two-storey evacuation center to the municipality of Claveria, Masbate on Friday, May 24.

The evacuation center was funded under the KALAHI-CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Program Additional Financing (NCDDP AF) with a grant of PHP 10 million and local counterpart contribution from the local government unit worth PHP 4,285,714.30 that will benefit 4,570 households in 22 barangays.

Regional Director Norman S. Laurio expressed his gratitude to the Barangay and Municipal LGUs as well as the community volunteers for their support during the implementation of sub-project.

“Once the sub-project is completed, it serves as a mark of the collective efforts and dedication of our communities towards development,” he said.

Director Laurio also emphasized that ensuring the sustainability of sub-project is a key ingredient for long-term impact.

Sustainability Evaluation is a mechanism of the program administered by Multi-Stakeholders Inspectorate Team (MSIT) to assess the functionality, physical condition, and operation and maintenance of the completed sub-project.

The evaluation is conducted six (6) months after completion and repeated every year.


Anabelle L. Alburo, chairperson of Barangay Development Council – Technical Working Group (BDC-TWG) shared the impact of leading the sub-project as a community volunteer.

“Through this project, the people of Barangay Imelda were empowered through the informative training and seminars you have conducted following the principles of good governance,” she shared, referring to the activities facilitated by KALAHI-CIDSS.

Alburo added that the evacuation center is a great help, especially in times of calamities like typhoons, and will serve as a temporary shelter for people with damaged houses.

KALAHI-CIDSS is a poverty alleviation program that helps communities in poor municipalities to identify challenges and implement interventions using the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach.

With reports from Alexandra H. Burce, Administrative Officer II