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Bottom-up budgeting assures Visayas of P5.5b

The Department of Budget and Management on Wednesday said the Visayas region received a total of P5.57 billion for 3,634 projects, under the agency’s   Bottom-up-Budgeting for 2015.

The DBM said  a total of P6.71 billion was  proposed to support the implementation of 3,366 projects in 2016.

It  said the program has an allocation of P20.9 billion in this year’s budget to support 14,300 projects in 1,590 municipalities and cities nationwide.

The Visayas region also has a total of  P19.98 billion worth of BuB projects from 2013 to 2016.

In Western Visayas, 3,146 projects had  P4.24 billion in budget allocation for five provinces: Aklan, 576 projects, P829.1-million budget allocation; Antique, 824, P810.1 million; Capiz, 406, P707.5 million; Guimaras, 196, P226.0 million;  Iloilo, 1,144, P1.66 billion.

For Central Visayas, 3,397,  P5.29 billion for  Bohol, 1,236, P1.99 billion; Cebu,  1,828, P3.05 billion; Siquijor, 333, P247.2 million.

For Eastern Visayas, 4,224, P6.58 billion: Biliran, 177, P294.4 million, Eastern Samar, 575, P956.7 million; Leyte, 1,307, P2.07 billion; Northern Samar, 657, P1.13 billion; Samar (Western Samar), 892, P1.45 billion, Southern Leyte, 616, P679.5 million;

For Negros Island, 2,773, P3.87 billion: Negros Occidental, 1,606, P2.26 billion; Negros Oriental, 1,167, P1.61 billion.

Meanwhile, representatives of civil society organizations   participating in the Bottom-up Budgeting  Summit in Cebu lauded the program’s success in giving communities a say on how public funds may be used to address local needs.

The summit, which will end today, is meant  to highlight and track the progress of the BuB, the government’s participatory planning and budgeting program, the Budget department said.

The CSOs said various measures have been undertaken to improve the implementation of BuB. 

These include safeguarding the autonomy in the selection of CSO representatives in the local poverty reduction action teams and the provincial focal persons in the regional poverty reduction action teams. The measures also ensure parity between government and CSO representatives, as well as affirmative action measures for women, indigenous peoples’ representation and Parent-Leaders of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Another measure that  improved the program is the  use of quantitative and qualitative data to back up the local poverty reduction action plans, such as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction and Community-Based Management System and the capacity-building of third-party monitors. This measure will help assess the implementation of the projects.

However, the CSO statement said BuB implementation needs further improvement for the program to come close to genuine participatory governance in action. It noted the slow implementation of some programs due to bureaucratic requirements.

In reference to the statement, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said he is especially proud of the sense of ownership of the CSOs, and their appreciation for what participatory budgeting can do.

“They know what it can do to change how and where public funds are used to improve the delivery of basic social services. And this gives us hope that we can take this forward,” Abad said.

“BuB is a powerful tool in harnessing community participation in governance. All these projects that have so far been implemented under the BuB represent the progress we have made so far in working towards participatory governance in action. We still have a long way to go to but we have made significant steps. BuB has given citizens a venue to propose solutions to actual community problems, and an opportunity to work together with the government in setting priorities for how public funds can be used to improve the community,” Abad added.

The CSO statement also called for the following: inclusion of other agencies providing service delivery programs and projects to the poor, particularly the National Housing Authority and Social Housing Finance Corp.; broadening participation of CSOs in the barangay level and providing employment opportunities by hiring local residents in the project sites; and increasing the budget cap per LGU to accommodate programs and projects requiring bigger amounts of budget outlay.

Under the program, each city/municipality is provided with a budget cap, which is the maximum amount of projects they can propose for national government financing. This is based on the number of poor residents in the area.

The Cebu Summit, the fourth leg in a nationwide series, focused on the progress of the National Government’s participatory planning and budgeting process involving local government units, national government agencies, CSOs, and the basic sector via the BuB program.The DBM said  a total of P6.71 billion was  proposed to support the implementation of 3,366 projects in 2016.

It  said the program has an allocation of P20.9 billion in this year’s budget to support 14,300 projects in 1,590 municipalities and cities nationwide.

The Visayas region also has a total of  P19.98 billion worth of BuB projects from 2013 to 2016.

In Western Visayas, 3,146 projects had  P4.24 billion in budget allocation for five provinces: Aklan, 576 projects, P829.1-million budget allocation; Antique, 824, P810.1 million; Capiz, 406, P707.5 million; Guimaras, 196, P226.0 million;  Iloilo, 1,144, P1.66 billion.

For Central Visayas, 3,397,  P5.29 billion for  Bohol, 1,236, P1.99 billion; Cebu,  1,828, P3.05 billion; Siquijor, 333, P247.2 million.

For Eastern Visayas, 4,224, P6.58 billion: Biliran, 177, P294.4 million, Eastern Samar, 575, P956.7 million; Leyte, 1,307, P2.07 billion; Northern Samar, 657, P1.13 billion; Samar (Western Samar), 892, P1.45 billion, Southern Leyte, 616, P679.5 million;

For Negros Island, 2,773, P3.87 billion: Negros Occidental, 1,606, P2.26 billion; Negros Oriental, 1,167, P1.61 billion.

Meanwhile, representatives of civil society organizations   participating in the Bottom-up Budgeting  Summit in Cebu lauded the program’s success in giving communities a say on how public funds may be used to address local needs.

The summit, which will end today, is meant  to highlight and track the progress of the BuB, the government’s participatory planning and budgeting program, the Budget department said.

The CSOs said various measures have been undertaken to improve the implementation of BuB. 

These include safeguarding the autonomy in the selection of CSO representatives in the local poverty reduction action teams and the provincial focal persons in the regional poverty reduction action teams. The measures also ensure parity between government and CSO representatives, as well as affirmative action measures for women, indigenous peoples’ representation and Parent-Leaders of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Another measure that  improved the program is the  use of quantitative and qualitative data to back up the local poverty reduction action plans, such as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction and Community-Based Management System and the capacity-building of third-party monitors. This measure will help assess the implementation of the projects.

However, the CSO statement said BuB implementation needs further improvement for the program to come close to genuine participatory governance in action. It noted the slow implementation of some programs due to bureaucratic requirements.

In reference to the statement, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said he is especially proud of the sense of ownership of the CSOs, and their appreciation for what participatory budgeting can do.

“They know what it can do to change how and where public funds are used to improve the delivery of basic social services. And this gives us hope that we can take this forward,” Abad said.

“BuB is a powerful tool in harnessing community participation in governance. All these projects that have so far been implemented under the BuB represent the progress we have made so far in working towards participatory governance in action. We still have a long way to go to but we have made significant steps. BuB has given citizens a venue to propose solutions to actual community problems, and an opportunity to work together with the government in setting priorities for how public funds can be used to improve the community,” Abad added.

The CSO statement also called for the following: inclusion of other agencies providing service delivery programs and projects to the poor, particularly the National Housing Authority and Social Housing Finance Corp.; broadening participation of CSOs in the barangay level and providing employment opportunities by hiring local residents in the project sites; and increasing the budget cap per LGU to accommodate programs and projects requiring bigger amounts of budget outlay.

Under the program, each city/municipality is provided with a budget cap, which is the maximum amount of projects they can propose for national government financing. This is based on the number of poor residents in the area.

The Cebu Summit, the fourth leg in a nationwide series, focused on the progress of the National Government’s participatory planning and budgeting process involving local government units, national government agencies, CSOs, and the basic sector via the BuB program.

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