By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL, June 16 (PIA) — The Kapit Bisig- Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently handed over three sub-projects to Barangay Apo Island in Dauin town.
Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the three core social protection programs of DSWD with the goal of alleviating poverty.
Apo Island received the three projects which include blue water tanks, generator and the covered court.
This is in line with the closing of the funding agency, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) implementation cycle.
Vice Gov. Mark Macias thanked Kalahi-CIDSS and as well as the residents of Barangay Apo Island for the successful implementation of the projects as he challenged the residents to maintain the projects.
Regional community development specialist Helen Ybañez of Kalahi-CIDSS in Negros Island Region congratulated the volunteers of the barangay for the efforts they have extended for the sub-project implementation.
“These projects will not be successful if it is not because of our community volunteers who were there from the beginning of the implementation, I salute to all the community volunteers of Barangay Apo island,” said Ybañez.
Barangay Sub-Project Management Chairperson Labordia Omilig shared her experience during the span of the implementation.
According to Omilig, she was in the midst of surrendering because of the process that they need to comply.
“To tell you honestly, I shed tears for these covered court and water tank but I told myself not to surrender for my barangay,” Omilig said.
Barangay Apo Island has a population of 1,050, but the barangay did not have water and electricity supply.
The generator is now supplying electricity to 204 households in the barangay. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental with reports from Beb Barot of DSWD-NIR/This article was originally published at PIA website on June 16, 2016)