DSWD takes the lead towards citizen-led disaster Rehab
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) admitted that local government units (LGUs) can only do so much when it came to rehabilitating disaster-hit areas. But if they tap the community effectively, then LGUs will be able to speed up rehabilitation, minimise poverty and disaster risk.
The department gathered Western Visayas mayors and LGU representatives in a forum yesterday to tell them that a strong relationship between the local community and LGUs will help speed up the rehabilitation process. DSWD Assistant Secretary Camilo Gudmalin said ‘The work is gargantuan, but the way to work around this is to create a stronger link between the government and the citizens…’
He said that community participation was central to rehabilitation and that ‘Together, we will be able to implement the interventions necessary to rebuild affected areas.
‘Kung ang mamamayan ang boss natin, mahirap naman na sila ang mahuli. Dapat sila ang mauna.’
The forum was conducted in preparation for DSWD-led National Community-Driven Development Programme (NCDDP). The NCDDP is a government flagship programme and is supported by the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. Its goal is to integrate disaster risk reduction and management to reduce poverty incidence in the country.
Through the NCDDP, the department plans to boost investments in 117 municipalities in Western Visayas to Php3.94b. It gives particular emphasis to areas hit by typhoon Yolanda, and has helped 554 of 847 typhoon-affected municipalities so far.