BORONGAN City, Eastern Samar, Oct. 31 PIA) --- In pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on reducing poverty from 26.5% in 2009 to 16.6% by 2015, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Eastern Samar Provincial Office conducted recently, a one-day orientation to the 22 Municipal Local Government Units(LGUs) and one City Local Government Unit of the province.
It was dubbed "Bottom-up Budgeting" (BuB) which is considered now the so called Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP). The orientation was held at the DILG Conference Hall, this City.
According to Candelaria A. Badillo, Local Government Operations Officer V (LGOO-V), the orientation aimed to ensure the inclusion of the funding requirements for the development needs of focus municipalities and cities in the budget proposals of participating agencies and to attain the goals of Philippine Development Plan(PDP) specifically on the inclusive growth and poverty reduction.
She added that, the purpose of this program is to provide participating agencies and local government units (LGUs) with the policy guidelines, processes, responsibilities and timeliness in the bottom-up budgeting approach that will be applied in the preparation of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 National Expenditure Program.
Badillo also said that the program is focusing on poverty issues that are based from results of Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS), State of Local Government Report and existing plans such as: Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CPLU) and Executive-Legislative Agenda.
For this year (2013), there are six LGUs that availed of the program, these are: Arteche, Oras, Gen. Mac-Arthur, Quinapondan, Llorente and Dolores. Next year, 2014, there would be 17 municipal LGUs and one city that will benefit the same program.
Badillo added that upon the approval of their BuB/GPBP projects, it shall be incorporated by the participating agencies and Department of Budget (DBM) into the FY 2015 National Expenditure Program (NEP) in the national level, wherein each municipality will receive a minimum LGU project proposal of P15-M and the maximum is P50-M.
However, a counterpart fund would be required from the beneficiaries. For the City, it is 40% of the BuB budget cap, while for Municipalities up to 100% cost of project, 10% of the Local Development Fund (LDF), Over 100% up to 150% cost of project, 15% LDF and Over 150% cost of project, 20% LDF.
The counterpart to be provided must be sourced out from the LDF, Badillo added.
Badillo emphasized that 80% of the identified priority projects of LGUs must jibe with the Menu of Programs that are listed in the 11 National Government Agencies (NGAs) and one Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) which are covered by the bottom-up budgeting initiative, in crafting the 2014 national government budget and 20% of which shall be those projects that are priority concerns of the national government such as MDG, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Preparedness .
The 11 NGAs and one GOCC are DA, DAR, DOE, DOLE, DepEd, DENR, DOH, DILG, DSWD, DTI, DOT and TESDA.
For this year, there are 408 approved projects and 93 projects are now being implemented by this 11 NGAs and one GOCC.
That is why the government urges the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) to monitor the said projects in order to achieve transparency of public funds. (PIA-E. Samar)