Thursday, August 9th, 2012 by mgserrano

Project markers, such as those in the municipalities of Pasacao and Sta. Elena, line up the highways of the Bicol Region to indicate the presence of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Millennium Challenge Account – Philippines (MCA-P) implementing the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) Project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).


Located in the province of Camarines Sur, Pasacao is a Makamasang Tugon municipality with a poverty incidence of 57 percent. It is one of the 17 municipalities (10 randomly selected and 7 MT) in the province implementing KALAHI-CIDSS sub-projects funded by MCC.


Total cost of KALAHI-CIDSS sub-projects in the municipality is about P11.3 million, of which about P8.6 million came from the Compact grant while the balance represented local counterpart contributions. Most of the sub-projects are for basic social services such as schoolbuildings, drainage system, water system and community library and learning centers.


Sta. Elena is one of the two MT municipalities in Camarines Norte which, together with three randomly selected municipalities, are MCC-KC beneficiaries. It has 19 barangays with an average poverty incidence of 49 percent.


The biggest sub-projects in Sta. Elena are farm-to-market roads because of the poor road condition in the barangays. Other prioritized sub-projects are schoolbuildings and barangay health centers. Total cost of sub-projects is P10.9 million, of which P8.4 million came from MCC.