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    bub The Provincial Stakeholders’ Forum for the Province of Sorsogon spearheaded by the DILG Provincial Office was conducted last October 16, 2015 at Fernando’s Hotel, Sorsogon City. It was dubbed as the 1st Provincial Stakeholders’ Forum conducted both in the Region and the Country. The activity aimed at strengthening the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) provincial mechanisms as it served its purpose to be an avenue where the Civil Society Organizations and the selected Local Government Officials and functionaries identified issues and recommended strategies necessary in improving the implementation of the program. The activity paved the way for the representatives of the member agencies of the Regional Poverty Reduction Action (RPRAT) V to update LGUs of the status of their projects and remind them once more of their compliance to the submission of the required documentary requirements which would certainly fast track the implementation of the BUB projects in their respective localities.

 

     A total of eighty-two (82) participants from fifteen (15) Cities and Municipalities were present. Such number of participants composed of the LPRAT Chair and Vice-Chairpersons, CSO representatives and the City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers. Only four (4) out of the fifteen (15) invited LCEs were present and they were the LCEs of the Municipalities of Sta. Magdalena, Prieto Diaz and Matnog and Sorsogon City. The LCEs who failed to attend were represented either by the Municipal Administrators or the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators.

 

     The activity started at 10:00 in the morning with the usual opening program. All participants were welcomed by Atty. Arnaldo Escober, Jr., DILG Provincial Director of the Province of Sorsogon. Thereafter it was followed by a message from the BUB Regional Coordinator, Fr. Leo Casas. OIC-DILG Regional Director Elouisa T. Pastor was also present to personally oversee the conduct of the activity and deliver the message for the participants. During her talk, she emphasized the critical role of the CSOs in the BUB Process. She stressed in her message that the group is gathered to discuss solutions and not problems on the BUB implementation. Accordingly she urged them to be cautious in the performance of their individual tasks. She likewise conveyed her appreciation of the presence of the CSOs, LGU officials and functionaries and the representatives of the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) –member agencies. She also took the opportunity to introduce to the participants to leader of the Regional Project Management Team RPMT), Mr. Pedro Bernaldez, Ph.D.

     The rationale of the forum was discussed in details by Ms. Evelyn Ubaldo, a Community Mobilizer (CM) assigned in the said province. She stressed that the BUB Program of the government intends to alleviate poverty by empowering the grassroots thru active partnership. On the other hand, Mr. Alex Jazareno, another CM of Sorsogon articulated some inputs on the roles of the basic sectors in the program.

     A workshop was held after lunch and it was facilitated by CM Noel Lozada. The group was divided into five (5) and each group was assigned a topic for them to identify the issues/ concerns, recommendations (Please see refer to below table re grouping of LGUs and their assigned topics during the activity.                     

 

                                      

                                                                                                                                                                    

Group LGUs Topic
1 Pilar, Donsol and Castilla BUB CSO Assembly
2 Sorsogon City, Casiguran, Juban BUB LPRAP Workshop
3 Magallanes, Bulan & Irosin BUB Project Implementation
4 Matnog, Bulusan & Sta. Magdalena LGC-LSBs Accreditation Process
5 Barcelona, Gubat,& Prieto Diaz LGC-Local Special Bodies’ Functionality

 

 

     The outputs were presented at the plenary to further develop and strengthen CSOs by way of feedback mechanism. Representatives of the RPRAT were requested to clarify concerns for their particular agencies. Agreements were reached by and between the participants and the RPRAT member agencies on the lingering issues on BUB implementation like the delayed downloading of funds, capacity of the LGUs to prepare technical documents, CSOs of unaware of their roles and functions, irregular conduct of LPRAT meetings and non-coordination of activities between LGU and NGAs.

 

     After the plenary, an interface with concerned LGUs and NGAs transpired. Agencies’ were given the turf to discuss their concerns on BUB implementation with the representatives of the 15 LGUs. They made an ardent plea for the participants to liaise in behalf of the RPRAT in order for the concerned LGUs to submit the pertinent documents soonest possible. In turn, the LGUs will be assured of the immediate downloading of funds and ultimately the completion of the projects.

 

     Thereafter, the program ended with a closing message from PD Escober. A post-forum meeting was conducted by Fr. Leo Casas with the participants. He urged them to federate by forming the Provincial Federation of CSOs. Through this, the CSOs in Sorsogon will all the more be strengthened and empowered.

 

 

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The Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) process is one of the major reform initiatives of the Aquino administration, making government’s budgeting process more responsive to local needs. It has also opened avenue for people’s participation in local planning and budgeting through the engagement of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and basic sectors of the communities as part of the local governance reform; it provides LGUs incentives for good local governance.

     Started out in 2012, the BUB has empowered people in the community by allowing them to articulate their demands to the government and determine what projects are responsive to their needs, thereby, substantially reducing poverty at the grassroots level.

     Under the BUB project, there are 14 participating agencies, namely DA, DAR, DENR, DepED, DILG, DOE, DOH, DOLE, DOT, DSWD, DTI, NEA, TESDA and PhilHealth. Each of these agencies offers a menu of projects under which a city or municipality can avail of based on the LGU’s Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP). These agencies incorporate in their respective annual budget proposals the list of priority programs and projects under the BUB for funding by the national government.

     Thus, the Department of the Interior and Local Government does not manage the entire BUB funds. The DILG only manages the funds for its BUB menu of projects, namely: Water Supply, DRR-infrastructure-related projects (evacuation centers), purchase of DRR equipment, local access road and capacity development of CSOs. The DILG releases the project funds to the city/municipality proponent provided there is complete submission   of the documentary requirements and the LGU is an SGH-passer. For cities/municipalities that are non-SGH passers, the DILG implements the proposed BUB project for the LGU concerned.

     Moreover, despite apprehensions that the budget of the BuB in the GAA can be used by the government to favor political allies, the guidelines of JMC No.4-2013 provides for uniform application of the budget among LGUs regardless of political affiliation.

 

REGION V BUB PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENT

     As of August 2015, the BuB has completed 78 percent of the total projects in 2013; 34 percent of 2014; and less than one percent of 2015. The remaining projects are either proposed, pipelined or on-going implementation. The BuB projects are mainly designed for poverty alleviation and disaster mitigation. They correspond to the government’s priorities of providing basic social services and attainment of the Millennium Development Goals; hunger mitigation and elimination; job generation and inclusive development; and, Climate change adaptation/mitigation and disaster preparedness.

 

STATUS OF PROJECTS
(BICOL REGION)
             
YEAR

Total # of Proj

(per GAA)

Total # of Proj (per Validation) Proposed Pipelined Ongoing Completed
2013 675 697 61 18 73 545
8.75% 2.58% 10.47% 78.19%
2014 1593 1724 139 470 524 591
8.06% 27.26% 30.39% 34.28%
2015 1098 1129 556 354 216 3
49.25% 31.36% 19.13% 0.27%

Note: Details/Breakdown of these projects are available at the DILG V-RPMT

 

CSO MONITORING AND EVALUATION

 

     The expanded engagement at grassroots level of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and people’s groups in the budget process is an assurance that the BUB program is implemented under the principles of transparency and accountability. Civil society, by principle, serves as check-and -balance to government and as citizens’ watchdog. Private individuals are also hired as Community Mobilizers (CMs) per province tasked to monitor project implementation. Thus, this ensures that implementation of BUB projects is not significantly tainted with political considerations. All cities and municipalities that submit project proposals to participating agencies, regardless of political affiliation, implement the BUB project.

     Issues and problems revealed by CSOs and Community Mobilizers are referred to the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team LPRAT, and to the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT), composed of the implementing government agencies concerned, for deliberation and decision-making. CSOs, being active participants to the LPRAT in the whole BuB process can, therefore, wield power to balance as well as complement government. ###

 

Media Contact Information:

                                                          

  Dir. Elouisa T. Pastor, CESO IV

  OIC-Regional Director

  Tel. No. 480-1484

  Engr. David F. de Guzman Jr.

  BUB Focal Person

            Tel. No. 480-1482

 

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