KORONADAL CITY—The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region-12 has recently completed the one-unit-two-classroom school building in Kolambog, Isulan Sultan Kudarat, an agency official reported Thursday.
DSWD-12 regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha said that a school building amounting to P 1,299,823.00 was built through one of the government’s flagship anti-poverty programs, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan: Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services.
The newly built classroom greeted hundreds of eager young learners of Kolambog Elementary School, answering the perennial problems of dilapidated, overcrowded and makeshift learning facilities, as new school year kicked off recently.
Kolambog Elementary School pupils will no longer jostle for space with the newly built school building, providing conducive learning environment for young eager learners and is expected help improve the quality of education of the school.
The said school building is the first completed project in the region financed by Australian Agency for International Development or AusAID.
The AusAID forged partnership to the DSWD by funding proposed school buildings and day care centers in the country through Kalahi-CIDSS Program.
In Region-12, AusAID will be funding a total of 35 school building projects and seven day care centers in forty (40) remote villages amounting to P62.21 million. These projects are expected to be completed before the year ends.
A community-driven development program, Kalahi-CIDSS employs strategies that development priorities are addressed in participatory, collective and inclusive decision-making. Furthermore, control over resources is in the hands of the poor. (END) Hilbert T. Estacion, DSWD-12