WB cites need for development in urban poor areas

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A SOCIAL development expert of the World Bank (WB) stressed the need for a community driven development (CDD) strategy to help uplift the living conditions in urban poor areas.

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WB social development specialist Maria Loreto Padua said during the recent presentation of the program that community development is needed in urban areas.

The presentation was made along with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP).

It was part of the kick-off for the 2nd Implementation Support Mission of WB and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP, held at the DSWD central office in Quezon City.

Under the program, KALAHI urban community development program pilot and subsequent rollout will be implemented with two modalities.

One is through a $3 million grant from the Japan Social Development Fund-Livelihood Opportunities for Vulnerable Urban Communities (JSDF-LVUC).

This is focused on providing income-generating activities and opportunities for urban poor communities covering 69 communities in Cavite, Laguna and Metro Manila.

The other is implemented as part of the WB additional financing (KC-AF) loan to cover Kalahi-CIDSS, the predecessor of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP.

Besides addressing livelihood concerns, it also aims to address issues that cause or worsen poverty in urban poor communities, covering eight barangays (villages) in Legazpi City, Kabankalan, Cagayan de Oro City and Butuan City.

Prior to these projects, Kalahi-CIDSS operated exclusively in rural areas, that is why design changes are needed to be made in the standard processes of the program in order to fit the needs of urban communities.

Padua said while there were major differences between CDD implementation in urban and rural settings, the objective of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP remains the same.

“The problem in rural and urban communities is still basically the same: access to basic services. CDD in KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP continues to provide basic delivery of services,” he added.

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