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Metamorphosis_Kalahi-CIDSS Compendium 2015

Long wait is over In

Long wait is over In 2014, however, their longtime ordeal finally ended when their village became a beneficiary of the KapitBisig-Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) which is being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Kalahi-CIDSS is a poverty alleviation program that provides citizens the opportunity to identify and implement community projects that would address their basic needs. In most cases, the chosen projects come in the form of small-scale infrastructures such as school buildings, day care centers, health stations, pathways, farm-to-market roads, and irrigation systems, among others. The village received a funding support amounting to P1, 266, 166.74 from Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) through KALAHI-CIDSS and P243, 115.72 from the Municipal Local Government Unit of La Paz totaling to P1, 509, 282.46 for the concreting of the road from Sitio Salindeg to Malabbaga Elemtary School. Of children and education. While a concreted road means faster transportation, for school children it gives them safe and comfortable access to education. This is true in the case of Malabbaga pupils wherein the concreting of the road in their community allowed them to wear shoes and enjoy being children. 47

“ One night when I was rushing to attend a wake, my sandals were stuck on the mud so I opted to remove my shoes and walk barefooted. ” _Lorna Belena, Principal of Malabbaga Elementary School For Prince, the concrete road allowed them to enjoy some childhood perks. “Tatta ket makasapatos kamin, toy ading min ket agay-ayam da pay idiay kalsada no panagaawid (We can already wear shoes, even our younger siblings can play along the road on the way home),” he said. Prince and his classmates cheerfully expressed that with the concrete road, they can reach school clean and dry. Some of them stated that they do not have to worry carrying their younger siblings during the rainy season when the road gets worse. For Lorna, she is now happy and confident walking through the road even at night. She is also thankful that the school children are now safe on their way to school. “Dagitoy ubbing ket haan dan nga marigatan magna ti rough road nga umay ditoy eskuwelaan ken haan dan nga nagrugit no agay-ayam da man dita kalsada (It is not difficult for these children to walk through rough road to come to school now and they do not get soiled even if they play along the road),” she added. For village chieftain Espiritu, the concrete road has provided more economic opportunities for farmers in the community. With the concrete road enabling travel become faster and easier, he observed that farmers are now working double time to ensure that they have more produce to bring to town. As a whole, for the people of Malabbaga, the concrete has road paved the way for the change that they have long waited for.// 48

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