The Community-Driven Development (CDD) Congress of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office V through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) is set to take place on June 26-27 at Summit Hotel, Naga City, Camarines Sur.

The event will be participated by 76 municipalities of Bicol Region comprised of Area Coordinating Teams (ACTs), Local Government Units (LGUs), and Community Volunteers for the two-day sharing of experiences and insights on program implementation.

The event with the theme, “Pagsalingoy” emphasizes the importance of looking back on the lessons learned, difficulties encountered, and innovations created by various stakeholders to implement community-identified interventions.

Various activities will be conducted during the congress to encourage active participation and engagement of attendees such as distribution of Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials, art workshops, focus group discussions, and commitment setting activities.

Ahead of the event, Regional Director Norman S. Laurio expressed his enthusiasm on the importance of the event in reaffirming the commitment with our stakeholders and partners in promoting the CDD strategy.

“Through the collective efforts of our LGUs and Community Volunteers, we can make a significant impact on the lives of our community members,” he emphasized.

Part on the event, the program will also recognize community volunteers, groups and partners during the 10th Regional BayanI Ka! Awards on June 27.

Since 2014, BayanI Ka! Awards is a knowledge management initiative that recognizes outstanding stakeholders’ innovation and good practices. It also encourages the mobilization of the support and resources needed to ensure the success of the CDD strategy.

DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS is a poverty alleviation program that uses the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach that helps communities in poor municipalities to identify challenges along poverty, make informed decisions and give control of resources to address local poverty.