- Written by LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato
- Category: News and Updates
- Published: 10 August 2017
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The last leg of the “Hinun-anon”, a stakeholder’s forum led by DILG was held last April 7, 2017 at the CAP Building, San Jose Antique. The activity which was dubbed as “Hinun-anon”, a local term for consultation hopes to engage key players in the implementation of the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) program as well as to identify gaps in the whole process.
The BUB is a program was introduced in 2013 as another mechanism in the budgeting process that allowed groups in the grassroots level, usually led by civil social organizations through the local government units to identify priority poverty reduction programs to be funded by the national government. This is the opposite of the traditional top-down budgeting.
The forum was participated by the MLGOOs, BuB Focal Persons, MPDCs/ Municipal Engineers and the LPRAT Co-Chairs representing the CSOs of the 18 municipalities in the province.
“I hope you will not lose interest in BUB. There will be no BUB projects for 2017 but we need to finish the 2014-2016 projects.” said DILG Regional Director Anthony Nuyda.
“Out of 738 BUB projects in the Province of Antique for 2014-2016, 530 projects were marked as ongoing and completed and 208 projects are non-moving” said Norman Aparente,Assistant Technical Senior Staff of the BUB Project Management Office during his discussion on the status of BUB implementation as of the 4th quarter of 2016.
The activity served as a knowledge sharing forum since the participants had an opportunity to exchange and share their stories on BuB implementation in their respective areas. A partner agency representative in the implementation of the program, Marilou Llavan of the National Anti-Poverty Commission Provincial (NAPCP) gave assurances that the program has built-in mechanisms that protect it from corruption, such as a grievance system.
The forum became an avenue for the participants to raise their concerns and give suggestions to the representatives of National Government Agencies (NGAs). Those present were representatives of DA, DOH, NIA, DepED, NAPC and BFAR. Questions were raised on the following issues: 1) Unclear guidelines of agencies on project implementation; 2) different fund transfer scheme per agency; 3)Dropped projects; 4) Delays in the implementation of projects; 5) Lacking documentary requirements; 6) delay in downloading of funds (2ndtranch); 7) Change of project titles; 8) Projects completed but funds are still not downloaded and 9) No coordination or lack thereof between concerned agencies and LGU representatives, among others.
Contrary to the past administration's budget, there will be no more funds allotted for the bottom-up budgeting (BUB) project in the 2017 budget but poor municipalities will be given funds under the Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) Program.
“What we did in BUB, we will continue in ADM” said Aparente.Although there are similarities, ADM is quite distinct in terms of its objectives, type of projects, eligibility for funding, projects identification scheme, and budget allocation per local government unit (LGU).
ADM is a program under DILG which seeks to equitably assist all municipalities in the delivery of basic services by providing financial subsidy for the implementation of their priority programs and projects. Projects to be identified must be culled from any of the existing plans of the municipality to ensure evidence-based decision process. Projects to be implemented under ADM are limited to Local Access Roads, Water System Projects, Evacuation Facilities and Small Water Impounding Projects. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)