Iloilo City – Aimed at ensuring the smooth implementation of Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) for FY 2016, the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) – 6 conducted a series of Provincial Orientation-Workshop for Local Poverty Reduction Action Teams (LPRATs) in the region, focusing on the basic tenets of DBM-DILG-DSWD-NAPC Joint Memorandum Circular No. 5 and other pertinent policies and guidelines for BUB 2016.

The said JMC No. 5 prescribes the conduct of various activities, including the CSO Assemblies and LPRAP Planning Workshops. This is to ensure the inclusion of the LGU’s priority poverty reduction projects in the FY 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

Province

Date of LPRAT Orientation

Venue

Guimaras

November 20, 2014

GTIC Hall, Jordan, Guimaras

Antique

November 21, 2014

CAP Building, San Jose, Antique

Aklan

November 25-26, 2014

Kalibo County Inn, Kalibo, Aklan

Iloilo (with Iloilo City)

November 27-28, 2014

Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City

Negros Occidental (inc. Bacolod City)

December 1-2, 2014

Nature’s Village, Talisay City

Capiz

December 11-12, 2014

Nesta’s Hilltop Hotel, Roxas City, Capiz

 

Participants to the orientation-workshop were the Local Chief Executives as the Chair of the LPRAT, CSO Vice-Chairs, SB Chairs on Appropriation, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators, Municipal Budget Officers, C/MLGOOs, two (2) CSO Signatories to the LPRAP and two (2) other CSO representatives.

 

Now on its 4th year, BUB continues to ensure the inclusion of the funding requirements for local development needs as identified at the local level in the budget proposals of participating agencies. In Region 6, the total BUB allocation is Php 2,177,000,000.00 distributed to the provinces as follows:

 

                                    AKLAN                                  Php 255,000,000.00

                                    ANTIQUE                              Php 270,000,000.00

                                    CAPIZ                                                Php 255,000,000.00

                                    GUIMARAS                          Php   75,000,000.00

                                    ILOILO                                  Php 674,000,000.00

                                    NEGROS OCC.                     Php 648,000,000.00


Super Typhoon Yolanda has ravaged the landscape of the region last November 8, 2013 and five months after, the DILG earmarked P200 Million of recovery fund through the DILG Recovery Assistance on Yolanda or RAY.  A year after, 54 structures are already completed, 13 are at about 80% and above completion rate and are expected to be completed by the month ends.  The remaining projects are already in full-swing of implementation and expected to be completed before the year ends.

A total ofP168 Million have been released last April 11, 2014 to the 68 LGUs from the Provinces of Aklan (16), Antique (10), Capiz (17), Iloilo (21) and Negros Occidental (4).  The fund is intended for the reconstruction/rehabilitation of city/ municipal halls, public markets and civic centers with the provision of the Build Back Better (BBB) scheme to ensure that the reconstructed structures are already disaster-resilient.   The remaining amount covers the 2nd tranche of release for LGUs implementing above P3 Million worth of project.

The RAY fund is among the immediate response of the National Government implemented by the DILG to rehabilitate the partially-damaged municipal and city infrastructures in the region.  This is to complement the on-going recovery efforts initiated by the National Government.

“The Municipality of Sebaste is very grateful for the DILG for granting 6.5M for the rehabilitation/improvement of our municipal hall.  Without their (DILG) valuable help, the local government unit will be hard pressed in rehabilitating our municipal building.  This grant, allowed the LGU to allocate other projects intended to deliver basic services to the constituents of Sebaste,” said Mayor Jose Christopher Varona, Sebaste, Antique.

Sebaste, Antique is one of the LGUs covered by the DILG-RAY Fund and are currently completing the rehabilitation of the municipal hall.

Iloilo Police Provincial Office, supported by the Iloilo Provincial Government forged a partnership with DILG-Iloilo in liberating the province of illegal drugs through a series of Drug Clearing Operations.  Out of 1,721 barangays in the Province, 375 have been identified by the PNP as drug-affected.  Through Drug-clearing operations, Chiefs of Police and LnB Presidents from municipalities, selected Punong Barangays and DILG Field Officers convened for lectures on standard drug-clearing procedures, discussed critical next steps and reviewed the roles and responsibilities of the PNP, DILG and local officials in the campaign against illegal drug use and trade

The first leg of the operations was attended by participants from 5th district municipalities held last September 9, 2014 at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol Conference Room. The second leg ran last October 7, 2014 at the Iloilo Police Provincial Office, Santa Barbara, Iloilo, with attendees from the 2nd and 4th districts.

DILG Provincial Director Teodora P. Sumagaysay shares that with the number of barangay officials involved in drug-related issues, it is but fitting to hold activities of this nature to reorient local officials of their responsibilities and remind them of the disciplinary actions in nonperformance of duties and violation of the law. She added that barangay officials should recognize their vital and critical participation in the battle against illegal substance abuse trade. IPPO Provincial Director Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas meanwhile aims to crackdown on high-profile illegal drug personalities with the cooperation of barangay officials. (LGOO III Lovely May P. Robles, DILG6-Iloilo)

With the implementation of CY 2014 Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP), the Department of the Interior and Local Government initiated the conduct of an interfacing activity between the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) and the members of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Teams (LPRATs) in the Province of Negros Occidental on September 9, 2014 at the Nature’s Village Hotel, Talisay City.

The activity was intended to update the LPRATs on the status of their corresponding CY 2014 GPBP Projects submitted to various participating National Government Agencies.  It was also an avenue for the LPRATs to feedback to the RPRAT the issues and concerns they are encountering in the implementation of their approved GPBP Projects.

The City of Bacolod being one of the CY 2014 GPBP recipients participated during the interfacing activity. Representing the side of the CSOs were Mr. Francisco J. Carreon, LPRAT Co-Chair and the three CSO Signatories to the LPRAP namely: Mr. Edwin R. Balajadia, Ms. Ma. Leah J. Attar and Ms. Priscilla N. Goco.  The LGU was represented by the following: Engr. Mae C. Cuaycong, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Engr. Ana Ma. Carmen Principe, OIC CPDC, Mr. Eric Ginson and Mr. Mabel Lipa both of the CPDO Office, Ms. Cherryl P. Tacda, DILG, OIC City Director and LGOO V May Theresa A. Malongayon, GPBP Focal Person.

The dialogue and inputs during the interfacing have gained for the LPRATs the information that answered most of the questions they have in mind as to the status of their GPBP Projects. (LGOO V May Theresa A. Malongayon, DILG6-Bacolod City)