Butuan City—The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 convened Local Chief Executives (LCEs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to a regionwide assembly last September 15, 201, this city, to finalize the proposed projects to be funded under GPB 2015. This is in response to the reduction of the budget cap allotted to Local Government Units (LGUs) for 2015.

Under the new guidelines, the budget ceiling is pegged at P30M. LGUs with less than P30M allocation will be deducted with P2.5M; while LGUs with more than P30M allocation such as Butuan City, will only receive the budget ceiling.  

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said that the reduction of the 2015 budget cap is pursuant to national government’s funding of other equally important national projects.   However, even if the budget cap is reduced for next year, the allocation for GPB has generally increased by P1B due to increase number of beneficiary cities and municipalities.

The reduction of budget would entail axing some projects; hence, the need to come up with a new list and allocation. DILG 13 Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion said that the bringing together of LCEs and CSOs in one forum promotes transparency in project selection.  “We wanted to maintain the integrity of the Local Poverty Reduction Projects (LPRAPs) by lodging the decision (project selection and allocation) to the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) members”.  “We don’t want to be accused of manipulating the project list nor deciding for LPRAT’s behalf on that matter”, RD Famacion said.  

The LGUs and CSOs submitted their final LPRAPs to the GPB secretariat for inclusion in the 2015 General Appropriation Act (GAA) come October 2014.  Caraga region has total budget allocation of  P1.004B under GPB 2015. (LGOO II Bryan F. Edulzura)

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