City Assistance FOR Community Development Office

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Arouse, Organize and Mobilize marginalized sectors and its communities for the upliftment of their economic, socio-cultural and political well-being by ensuring their access and control over productive resources including government programs and services.


Capacitated and Strengthened office to implement programs for community development, citizens participation and people’s empowerment.


Provide assistance for communities to develop a viable and sustainable livelihood within their group from the accessed programs and resources and help in the growth and empowerment of the community and its members thru education, trainings and capacity buildings.

List of Services and Programs

  • Arouse, mobilise and organize communities into sectoral or multi-sectoral people’s organizations and cooperatives.

  • Formation of core of potential leaders in every communities.

  • Conduct of assemblies and election of officers.

  • Assist in the registration and accreditation of organized groups (SEC, DOLE and LGU etc.)

  • Facilitates or assist in the conduct of regular meeting of the community organizations.

  • Calacazens are supported by funding proposed livelihood or income-generating activities of various organizations within each barangay in the City. CACD oversees the launching and implementation of the said programs. Poultry, Hog Raising, Bigasan, Dried Fishing, Agricultural Supply, Rag Making, Project Pakbet and Bagoong Making are some of the successfully ongoing livelihood projects under this program.
  • Continues social investigation and updating of information gathered and analysis of situations barangay level.

  • Documentation of issues and concerns of the communities.

  • Updating of the Quick Response Code System (QRCode) for easy monitoring of basic info/data of families per barangay.

  • Facilitates communities in formulation of possible livelihood that would help them to access programs and services of LGU and of the government and nongovernment organizations for additional income.

  • Facilitate in the creation of small to medium scale enterprise and/or cooperatives to sustain organized sectoral or multi-sectoral formations and develop possible programs for them to elevate economic status of its members.

  • Conduct capacity /capability seminars in the communities (Leadership, Organizational management, skills training and other related trainings).

  • Conduct livelihood related trainings (Enterprise Development, technical / technology training among others).

  • Monitor the status of trained individuals and organization representatives to update records and keep them abreast with the latest issuances or concerns as to the trainings and technological advancement information they need to know.

  • Facilitate potential networks for other support for community development (NGOs, NGAs and NFIs) .

  • Form alliances of sectoral groups and other possible networks from the barangay level to municipal up to the national level to help in the access of possible resources and trainings from various levels.

  • Promotes LGUs programs and services.

  • Encourage both civil society and barangay local government unit to partnership.
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Promote active local special bodies.
  • Develop a socialized housing program and provision of a range of affordable, accessible, and decent housing throughout the community.

  • To foster and develop increased learning and development opportunities for young people by encouraging them to contribute, steer initiatives and lead their own youth-led projects.


Mrs. Marilou C. Tapia



She has 40 years of extensive  experience in community organizing and community development, policy advocacy, national and local governance, agrarian politics, and rural development. Her expertise in said fields has strengthened the CACD office of our City since being appointed as its OIC in 2019. The list of the trainings, seminars, and conferences that she been a participant of ranges from the economic, social, cultural, and political. Among her policy and academic research engagements consist of being a Research Fellow of the Conflict Research Group at Ghent University Belgium from 2008-2015 and a co-author of the Impact of CARP in Coconut areas in Mindanao published in 2008. In 2011, she was appointed by the late Philippine President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III as a Sectoral Representative of Farmers and Landless Rural Workers Sector in National Anti Poverty Commission (NAPC).She has held many positions in national and local organizations for the advancement of welfare and rights of the rural poor, farmers, and labor force.

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