DSWD-CAR OIC Regional Director Janet Armas said aside from looking for possible funders, the forum also aims to establish linkages with other national government agencies, other development agencies, private foundations, and civil society organizations in developing existing proposals in order to meet the set requirements of the agencies.
Under the DSWD’s KALAHI-CIDSS, the grassroots identify priority projects in their respective communities which they submit to the DSWD through the program. The priority projects vary depending on the need of certain communities as the people in the grassroots are the ones who identify and submit through the local government units.
Due to limited funds, the DSWD organizes the donor’s forum to look for funds that will make the proposal realized.
Armas said among the unfunded projects in the region are the construction of seven Child Development Centers or day care centers in three provinces with a total cost of P5.6 million.
She cited that infrastructure is one of the things CAR lacks especially roads, equipment for the production of products of micro small and medium enterprises, schools and day care centers.
She reported that based on the accomplishment report of the KALAHI-CIDSS project, since its inception in 2004, there were already 501 projects submitted for funding and have been completed with a total cost of P706 million.
During the forum, national government agencies were invited to talk about their programs for the community and expressed commitment to link the projects to possible funders. (JDP/MAWC -PIA CAR)