Caraga region - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office 13 (Caraga) in partnership with the People Power Volunteers for Reform (PPVR) has conducted a three-day activity in developing Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) Champions / Advocates among women in government service and civil society organization (CSO) women leaders on September 23-25, 2014 at Almont Inland Hotel, Butuan City.

Elected women officials in the region and CSO women leaders assembled and actively participated the training. The resource person was Ms. Concepcion C. Asis, the Regional Chairperson of the PPVR with Atty. Josefe Sorrera-Ty as the speaker for the topic – Legal and Political Environment for Women in Politics.

The training is intended for elected women leaders, women appointed in government offices and CSO women leaders who are committed in nation building to discuss priority projects and activities that will promote the welfare of women in their communities.

In addition, the gathering examined the hindrances and difficulties they encountered in their work for development in order to come-up with a strategy for ensuring that local government units (LGUs) support women projects in the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process.

The training is based on the premise that women in civil society and LGUs have been active participants in the Grassroots participatory Budgeting (GPB), formerly known as the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB). Since the women barangay officials and council members take active roles in issues affecting health and sanitation, day-care and child care, and other social development concerns, they need capacity building opportunities for them to develop their competencies in order to engage meaningfully in the GPB process. (LGOO II Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa, DILG XIII)

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