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by KALAHI-CIDSS

A fifth class municipality in the Province of La Union, Pugo has been identified as one of the 11 Kalahi-CIDSS municipalities in Region 1.

Leading the legislative branch of the local government unit of Pugo and working alongside Pugo’s local chief executive, Vice-Mayor Marino M. Tagabeng is pleased to be part of the empowerment drive brought about by DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS in the Region.

Identifying poverty as one of the major dilemmas of the municipality, Vice-Mayor Tagabeng recognizes the assistance of the Program and its partnership with the LGU of Pugo in improving the lives of the people and in minimizing poverty incidence in their municipality.

Pugo’s support encompasses commitment to DSWD and Kalahi-CIDSS. The success of the Program in the municipality will reflect the essence of being a resident of Pugo, as told by Tagabeng.

Kalahi-CIDSS advocates public service a notch higher. Community empowerment, good governance, and poverty alleviation are the goals foreseen by the Program expected to be acquired in the process.

Part of the improvement of governance observed in Pugo is grounded on empowerment. “Ang nagustuhan naming mga opisyal ng local government unit ng Pugo pagdating sa Kalahi-CIDSS ay natuto nang makinig ang lokal na parte ng gobyerno sa boses ng mga nasa ibaba. Sa ganitong paraan nakukuha rin namin ang boluntaryong tiwala ng mga tao sa aming mga namamahala sa lokal na pamahalaan.” (What the officials of the local government unit of Pugo like about Kalahi-CIDSS is that the local government has learned to listen to the voice of those who are in the grassroots. This way, we in the local government unit are also able to acquire the voluntary trust of our constituents.)

Utilization of resources in Pugo has also been practiced since the advent of Kalahi-CIDSS. Residents and LGU officials have developed strengthened partnership in advocating development in their municipality not only in voicing out their anxieties but also in sharing their privately-owned resources such as land areas. The oneness of the residents and the barangay and the municipal officials has been strengthened due to built trust and unity among residents, officials, and Kalahi-CIDSS in Pugo.

The roll out of Kalahi-CIDSS in Pugo was not as optimistic as it is observed now. Doubt on and opposition to the processes and implementation of the Program were raised but had slowly subsided as the people started to appreciate the dynamics of empowerment in every barangay and municipal assembly when their voices are heard and valued in every issue and concern raised.

Community-Driven Development (CDD) is a strategy that the people and officials of Pugo appreciate. “Nakikita kong sa pamamagitan ng CDD strategy, hindi na lang aasa ang constituents natin dito sa Pugo sa kung ano na lang ang tulong na ibabagsak sa kanila. Ito ang nakikita kong susi upang sabay-sabay naming i-angat ang aming pamumuhay at ang buong munisipyo. Pagdating sa Kalahi-CIDSS, strictly no politics, purely community-led lang talaga.” (I have seen that through the CDD strategy, our constituents here in Pugo will no longer rely on whatever help is cascaded to them. This is what I have seen as the key to collectively improve our way of life and the whole municipality. When it comes to Kalahai-CIDSS, it is strictly no politics, purely community-led.) (by: Jomara S. Chan, Kalahi-CIDSS Social Marketing Officer)
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by KALAHI-CIDSS
Leaving her roots from the Ifugao Province, Fe E. Alijo, 42, a Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteer from Brgy. Lacong, San Gabriel, La Union, commits to serve her co-barangay partner beneficiaries of the Kalahi-CIDSS Program to help promote progress – a potential that she has seen in Lacong the first time she stepped in the area.

Now one of the women of Lacong after marrying a native of the barangay, Fe has seen the impending development in this area, specifically on women and their engagement to barangay activities. She believes that Brgy. Lacong is already on its way to progress, but she sees a better way to get there even faster – involving women in the mechanisms of reaching development.

Fe, who is also the resident Pastor of a religious ministry in the community, sources out women mobilization using her position in the church to encourage women to be active and become a part in community activities where their capabilities can be utilized, making them productive community members. “Hindi ko masyadong nakakitaan ng interes ang mga taga amin na makisali sa mga barangay activities, lalo na ang mga kababaihan. Hanggang sa dumating ang Kalahi-CIDSS, nakita ko na hindi na sila mahirap tipunin para mag-participate at i-mobilize para magawa ang mga dapat gawin sa ikauunlad ng barangay namin.” (I have not seen much interest from the people in our area in participating in barangay activities, especially the women. Until Kalahi-CIDSS came and it was not so hard anymore to call and organize the people to participate and mobilize to do what should be done for the development of our barangay.)

For Fe, it was the frequent visits of Kalahi-CIDSS staff in their barangay and the socially relevant information they shared on the importance of people participation to voice out their rights and needs that have persuaded them to actively participate not only in Kalahi-CIDSS activities but in all barangay activities. Slowly but surely, Fe sees the hopes of barangay transformation which she wants to be a part of. “Napapaiyak ako pag nakikita ko na tinatanggalan ng karapatan ang mga kababaihan. Nang dumating ang Kalahi-CIDSS, higit pa sa karapatan ang binigay nila. Binigyan nila ang mga kababaihan ng Barangay Lacong ng kapangyarihan.” (It makes me cry whenever I see women deprived of their rights. When Kalahi-CIDSS came, it was more than right that it gave. It gave power to the women of Brgy. Lacong.)

Wearing several hats as an active community volunteer, Fe organized another venue where women empowerment can be introduced and practiced – the MAKAPALA Women’s Organization, composed of all the women from sitios Matagektek, Kawayan, and Palali of Brgy. Lacong. The women of Brgy. Lacong are not the typical women in the highlands. They don’t just stay at home and become homemakers, they also work in the fields equally with the men. But after harvest season, Fe sees the women struggling to earn additional income to help their husbands in raising their family, so she introduced the cooperative system of a small enterprise.

MAKAPALA Women’s Organization opened their own sari-sari store where the income is equally divided by the MAKAPALA members every time due. Fe as the head of the organization continues to seek other potentials for the women of Lacong to discover and enhance their skills for a wider venue of prospects for additional earnings.

As a Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer, she finds the mechanisms of the Program as an effective way to bring out more of what the women of Brgy. Lacong are capable of. She expressed her gratefulness to the Program as it answers her dream of giving importance to the women in the community no matter how big or small the task is. For Fe, involving women in works identified to be traditionally intended for men before is more than community empowerment, she wants to peg it as an educated community. (by: Jomara S. Chan, Kalahi-CIDSS Social Marketing Officer)
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Read/Post Comment: 0 Posted by Administrator /  30.03.2015
by: Joanna C. Guerrero, PITO-LU

The Provincial Government of La Union headed by Gov. Manuel C. Ortega is supporting the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) "Operation Listo: Tamang Paghahanda, Tamang Aksyon."

In the program launching held at Oasis Country Resort, San Fernando City, La Union on Thursday, March 26, 2015, Dr. Geoffrey S. Tilan, Provincial Administrator of La Union lauded DILG’s effort in rolling out the aforesaid program. He stressed that Disaster Management is a serious business and that the government owes it to the people.

The main objective of this program is to drum beat the importance of complete preparedness during emergency situation.

The event was participated in by Local Chief Executives, Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers, Chiefs of Police, Fire Marshalls and DILG Officers from the 20 city and municipalities in the Province of La Union. Delegates from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), Philippine Red Cross, La Union Police Provincial Office, Bureau of Fire Protection, Department of National Defense and Philippine Coastguard were also present as Exhibitors. The latter displayed their Disaster-related equipment, flyers, manuals, plans, brochures and other knowledgeable products so that participants will be well-geared with the actual picture of how disaster risk reduction management looks like.

The PDRRMO also presented the State of Provincial Disaster Preparedness. Updates on Equipment, evacuation centers and disaster preparedness activities were reported and building of resilient communities in the Province of La Union is being strengthened. Dr. Hermenigildo Velasco from the Municipality of San Gabriel also shared the municipality’s experiences on Disaster preparedness as a former recipient of the Seal on Disaster Preparedness in the past years.

To further fortify the readiness of each municipality, a Provincial Planning Preparedness Workshop was also conducted where the attendees discussed on problems and queries on Disaster management with the PDRRMC officials.

The activity culminated with the signing of the participants’ pledge of commitment on “Creating a Disaster-Resilient Communities” through proper preparedness and action.
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