By: LGOO II Naomi C. Orog and LGOO II Archie Rose G. Vasquez

 

The Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) of Region XIII (Caraga) chaired by Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion, CESO III of the Department of the Interior and Local Government conducted a two-day region-wide activity dubbed as “Pagpadayag: Showcasing the Gains of Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB)” at the Robinsons Place Atrium, Butuan City last June 29-30, 2015.

DILG OIC Assistant Secretary for Plans and Programs Hon. Josefina E. Castilla-Go represented DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and led the official ribbon cutting for the two day event with the Regional Directors of the regional line agencies, who are members of the RPRAT.

The region-wide inter-agency activity showcased exhibits of BuB projects by the participating BUB National Government Agencies, to wit: Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), and Department of Tourism (DOT).
Testimonies of selected Local Chief Executives (LCEs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and BuB beneficiaries focused on the cycles or phases of BuB from CSO Assembly, LPRAR Formualtion Workshop, Project Implementation, Operation to Project Impact also added meaning to the activity.

The highlight of the first day was the distribution of BuB checks to three (3) cities and 50 municipalities totaling P 245 Million including Performance Challenge Fund checks to one (1) province and nine (9) municipalities totaling P 16 Million.

On the second day, another series of activities were conducted, such as the Poster Making Competition among selected high school-level 4P’s beneficiaries, CSO Hour with Cliniquing on CSO registration and accreditation, TESDA graduates job fair, and Product Displays of different BUB-assisted communities.

The 2-day activity culminated with the closing and awarding ceremonies at 1:30 in the afternoon.

The BuB is a process where the Civil Society Organizations and Local Governments come together to formulate plans and budget for poverty reduction. It mainly promotes active participation of the community in identifying programs and projects that enables them to contribute towards sustainable development of the locality by involving the public in local planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the projects.

The activity was open to anyone who wished to witness and know more about the BUB. It was hoped that through the activity, people will be aware of the sincere and collaborated efforts of the government—national government agencies and local government units alike—in addressing the needs to combat poverty through the gains of the locally funded projects.

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