Headed by the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) Chairperson of Caraga, Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) convened its members on February 12, 2013 at Pietros Square, Diversion Road, this city in order to discuss the mechanics for the review and validation of the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) Project Proposals for 2014 and to get the status updates of this year’s BuB project implementation.

 

            Part of the agenda was the formation of the RPRAT Technical Working Group (TWG) to be composed of permanent point persons from the implementing agencies who are primarily responsible for the review and validation of the BuB 2014 project proposals. The implementing agencies and at the same time members of the RPRAT for the 2014 BuB are the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as the Secretariat.

 

The BuB is an approach of formulating the budget proposal of agencies, taking into consideration the development needs of poor cities/municipalities as identified in their respective local poverty reduction action plans that shall be formulated with strong participation of basic sector organizations and other civil society organizations. The programs and projects identified by LGUs through the BuB process will be funded through the national budget.

 

            In the region, sixty-four (64) out of seventy-eight (78) Local Government Units (LGUs) are identified for the 2014 BuB National Budget, all of which have already conducted their Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) Workshops. The output of the LPRAP Workshops contain the list of priority poverty reduction programs and projects identified by the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) of the beneficiary LGU composed of an equal number of LGU and the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) representatives. The identification of priority projects was done through a participatory process by the LGU and CSOs to directly address the needs of the poor constituencies and the marginalized sectors in the city or municipality.  This priority projects shall be submitted to the DILG Regional Office on February 15, 2013 and to be channeled through to the implementing agencies concerned for review and validation. After which, the validated projects will be endorsed by the agency concerned for regional consolidation for submission and approval of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).

 

            During the RPRAT meeting, the roles and responsibilities of the TWG were determined. One of their duties is the conduct of preliminary review of project proposals in compliance to  the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 3, Sections 5.2.8 to 5.2.13 relative to the policy guidelines and procedures in the implementation of BuB for F.Y. 2014 Budget Preparation. The next RPRAT meeting is slated on Feb. 26, 2013 for the

 

This BuB under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III is in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing poverty in the country and attaining the Philippine Development Plan’s goal of inclusive growth and poverty reduction. (Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa, LGOO II)

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