Empowerd Citizens Multi-awarded i-benguet sparks inspiration as Kalahi volunteer Azriel Dolo with Jasmin Kiaso His story truly embodies an empowered person. He began a journey as a simple volunteer who later involved himself to different government and non-government programs implemented in their barangay until he became a multi-awarded individual. KALAHISerye 2016|| 33 F or someone to render or express his willingness to undertake a service without getting paid or expecting valuable rewards is a truly inspiring act. A selfless act that is usually associated to those we call “volunteers” - bighearted and empowered individuals that are often unrecognized of their priceless service. “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” Elizabeth Andrew once said. Volunteers are treasure to most government and non-government organizations that are into community service and community-driven development which includes the Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS, now a National Community Driven Development Program (NCDDP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Throughout the two-year implementation of the Kalahi-CIDSS program in Atok, Benguet, the purpose of the program which is empowerment is slowly being fulfilled. This is evident on certain individuals and groups in the community who had shown exemplary performance and enhanced their knowledge and skills by actively participating in the implementation, decision-making, and management of development activities in the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) of the program. Most of them are community volunteers who willingly sacrifice their time just to involve themselves in the technical, financial and social management of the program.