PR2015-01by LGOO V Bryan F. Edulzura

Butuan City – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13, is all set to implement the Bottom – Up Budgeting (BUB) 2015.  With around 800 individual projects totaling to P 1.004 billion, to be implemented by the participating agencies, the Department engages more community mobilizers to assist LGUs and communities in implementing and monitoring BUB projects.

“We double the number of Community Mobilizers (CM) to assist Caraga Region’s 73 Local Government Units (LGUs) to implement the BUB projects. “From 6 CMs we hired in the first semester of 2014, we increased it to 13 CMs in 2015”, DILG Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion said. “We value the importance of organizing the communities to deepen their participation and improve the efficiency in reaching the poor. These are the very essence of the BUB process”, RD Famacion stressed.

For 2015, all cities and municipalities will receive at least P12.5 million worth of projects. This money will be used to fund community-determined, anti-poverty interventions—such as agriculture and fisheries support, potable water supply, public healthcare, local access road, basic education, and disaster preparedness and response. These projects were identified and unanimously endorsed by the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) which is composed of 50% LGU Representatives and 50% Civil Society Organizations.  

Now on its 4th year, Bottom – Up Budgeting (BUB) puts emphasis on the deepening participation of stakeholders in public spending.  The BUB seeks to amplify the voice of the grassroots in the allocation and management of public funds, as well as to promote a greater sense of understanding and ownership of the budgeting process among the public.

“This year, we will face another challenge as we implement the projects;  but with the  engagement of community mobilizers and support from the participating agencies,  LGUs and civil society organizations, we are ready  for the 2015 BUB run”,  Marilou Autor-Salado,  DILG-BUB Regional Focal Person, proudly declares.

The oversight agencies of BUB 2015 are Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC). The participating agencies are Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Education (DepEd), National Electrification Administration (NEA) and Local Government Support Fund (LGSF).

Full list of 2015 BUB projects can be viewed at www.caraga.dilg.gov.ph and www.dbm.gov.ph.

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