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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

Vice Gov. Odiem calls support to community-driven development (CDD) Bill for poverty reduction

Updated: Dec 9, 2021

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Vice Governor Dave Odiem called for the support of the institutionalization of the community-driven development (CDD) Bill, emphasizing the need for more projects and programs that are attuned to the needs of the locals.

Odiem made the call in his closing remark during the forum conducted with the local government unit officials and Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera, December 06, 2021.

In his message delivered by his staff, Mary Mina Odiem, the Vice Governor said that the bill would be of great help in reducing poverty, especially since the community is directly involved in identifying, implementing, and monitoring the projects.

The vice governor added that the CDD strategy of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) will likewise empower local communities, thus improving local governance.

Among the four Congressmen who filed versions of CDD Bill is the Representative of the Lone District of Kalinga, Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang.

According to Mangaoang, his “sponsorship of the bill to institutionalize the CDD program is borne out from a testimony and personal experience that CDD models are effective ventures to catapult development in the countryside and that the voice of our people in the countryside shall always be amplified with the approval of this bill.”

The four separate versions of the bill filed were consolidated by the House Committee on Poverty Alleviation in September 2020 and are pending before the same committee.

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