Butuan City—The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 convened Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) participating National Government Agencies (NGAs), Community Mobilizers and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) last August 26-27, 2014 at Pietro’s Square, Imadejas, this city, to prepare the grounds for the GPB 2016 run. The workshop is generally aimed at enhancing the present GPB process by addressing issues and concerns, learning lessons learnt from previous experiences and clarifying myths and misconceptions surrounding GPB. Poised to commence this September 2014, the department is preparing for a bigger and better GPB process.
“We wanted to develop a holistic module that will guide our community mobilizers and other key players to ensure wider participation, increase efficiency in reaching the poor and pushing of evidence-based and community–driven projects that really address poverty”, DILG 13 Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion said.
“The clamor for improving and enhancing people participation in the entire process is evident in all lessons learnt activities we conducted; hence, this [workshop] also serves as ground to crystallize and resolve all issues and concerns relative to GPB”. Citing a World Bank Report, Dir. Famacion added that when communities are involve in the planning, designing and implementation of the program, the project is likely to succeed.
The activity was participated by NGAs (DTI, DOLE, DSWD, DepED, TESDA, NEDA, DBM, DENR, and DAR), Basic Sector representatives, community mobilizers and National Anti- Poverty Commission (NAPC) focal persons. “We recognize that detractors will never run out of issues and concerns concerning the GPB implementation; however, when all players and partners have one eye to achieve our common goal, we can make a difference and improve the lives of poor communities in the region,” Dir. Famacion ends. (LGOO II Bryan F. Edulzura)
DILG 13 Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion with participants from NGA, CSO, and NAPC.
- Published: 16 September 2014