The newly constructed Kalahi-CIDSS Solar Dryer with Storage Facility in Barangay Bagumbayan, Lupon Davao Oriental was inaugurated on January 10, 2017. Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement is a solar dryer where farmers can dry various agricultural crops such as rice and corn.

For the construction, DSWD granted Php 1,146,106.00 while the municipality provided a Local Counterpart Contribution (LCC) of Php 251,540. The project turnover was led by Mayor Erlinda D. Lim, Punong Baranagay Generoso M. Rañesis, and members of Municipal Inter-Agency Committe (MIAC).

Punong Barangay Generoso M. Rañesis of Barangay Bagumbayan said, “Now that we already have the facility, rice farmers will no longer need to dry their palay (unhusked rice) anywhere and they also have safe warehouse to store their grains.”

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is a Community-Driven Development (CDD) program of the Philippine Government aiming to empower people through sustainable development, enhanced participation in local governance, and management of poverty alleviation projects. (Photos by Varnell M. Dagansan)