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World Bank OKs loan for anti-poverty drive

By Michelle Remo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:35:00 10/01/2010

Filed Under: business, Loan Markets, Poverty

THE WORLD Bank Friday approved a $59.1-million loan (or about P2.6 billion at the prevailing exchange rate) for the Philippines to support community-development projects in poor areas.

In a statement, the World Bank said the loan will fund the government’s “Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social services (Kalahi-CIDSS)” project, which is aimed at helping improve the access to public services by individuals in impoverished areas.Photo: Veejay Vilafranca/IRIN.  High prices and shortages of rice and other food stuffs are affecting vulnerable communities the most, particularly children.

Under the Kalahi-CIDSS program, community members are organized to identify among themselves the needed small infrastructure projects and social services. Guided by social welfare and development officials, community members are the ones who take the lead in the implementation of the infrastructure projects and social services.

These projects and services may include water systems, health and day-care centers, small roads and bridges, and disaster control facilities, among others.

The objective, on top of enhancing infrastructure and augmenting basic services for the poor, is to promote engagement among community members.

Kalahi-CIDSS has been in operation since 2002. According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the program has so far benefited 1.1 million households in 4,229 barangays in 184 municipalities belonging to the 42 poorest provinces of the country.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman has said the government, under the Aquino administration, wants to intensify and increase the coverage of the Kalahi-CIDSS project, which is intended to complement the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program.

Under the CCT program, the government grants monthly allowances to selected poor families, which in turn are required to send children to school and for mothers to regularly visit health centers.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 October 2010 18:47 )