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'Community Driven Development Bill empowers community' - Cong. Mangaoang

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Pushing for the institutionalization of his Community Driven Development (CDD) Bill, Kalinga Lone District Representative, Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang, highlighted its benefits for inclusive growth and social protection.

Mangaoang, through his representative Placido Alsiyang, explained CDD Bill’s salient features during the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) LGU forum held on December 7 at M Hotel, Tabuk City as initiated by Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera.

The Congressman, in his message, believes that ‘a community that can stand up and do things will always be better off than the one that is largely dependent on government and other institutions for development.’

Mangaoang stressed that CDD is a common tool used by the government in addressing the needs of the community, particularly poverty thus, improving governance and promoting inclusion.

“The hope that I have in sponsoring the CDD Bill is that its institutionalization will ignite the spirit of community development and self-reliance among the people, not only in our province of Kalinga but the whole nation,” underscored the Congressman.

Current participation under Local Government Code vs CDD Approach

Mangaoang further compared the current mechanism as provided by the Local Government Code (LGC) in promoting participation that is limited to representation in local development councils and local special bodies.

He cited Article 6 of the LGC which states that civil society organizations (CSOs), academe, and similar representatives must comprise at least 25% of the membership of the Local Special Bodies whereas the CDD bill offers a process and ready technologies that were all proven to be effective in stirring lasting active partnership.

“It allows even residents who are not part of an organization to have a voice,” Mangaoang added.

Additionally, the CDD approach aims to achieve community empowerment by encouraging citizens to take an active part in the community by providing them with control over decisions and over resources in their local development processes.

This, the congressman said, will enable community members to take charge of their development and stimulate constructive partnership between governments and community members in local development planning and budgeting.

Mangaoang narrated that the CDD has been undertaken by DSWD through KALAHI-CIDSS starting in 2003 and the 18-year implementation made concrete positive contributions to the improvement of the well-being of the members of target communities.

Proving its welfare and economic improvements, the ‘CDD shall be the mechanism to ensure that no one is left behind in economic and social development', the congressman affirmed.

Mangaoang then called all local chief executives to show their support for the CDD-based projects and the institutionalization of the CDD approach to build the capacity of communities, which is a significant aspect of governance.

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