KALAHI-CIDSS conducts ‘talakayan’ to further promote participatory governance

By Joanna Diaz Sabado, PIA 1, La Union

ALILEM, Ilocos Sur, December 1 (PIA) –Local government and village officials, volunteers, heads of national government agencies and representatives of civil society organizations convened anew for a municipal talakayan (discussion) led by the local government of Alilem and Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) on Monday.

A small municipality composed of 1,704 households in Ilocos Sur, Alilem is one of the 11 municipalities in the region included as project areas of KALAHI- CIDSS.

Participatory governance and transparency were among those cited by the participants as values promoted through these discussions.

Identified by the people and local government is their priority need in terms of accessibility.

During the first cycle, the completed project was a barangay health station in far-flung Amilongan village. A total of 110 households are now benefitting from said facility.

Part of the savings from the P1 million fund was utilized for other needed health equipment in our barangay,” Agustina Balag, barangay health worker said.

She added, “More accessible health services are now provided to our villagemates.”

Apart from the health station, a 280-meter farm-to-market concrete road was also completed in Daddaay and a level 2 water system in Apaya village.

For the second cycle, ongoing sub-projects include an irrigation system in Amilongan, slope protection in Batbato and farm-to-market roads in Daddaay and Kiat to help address the accessibility needs identified by the people.

Mayor Mar Ruel Sumabat in the same event presented the development agenda in terms of economic and social goals under his term.

Meanwhile, Alilem is a recent hall of fame awardee of Seal of Good Local Governance from the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Department of Health’s Red Orchid Awards.#