Written by LGOO V Christian M. Nagaynay
Category: News and Updates
Published: 19 August 2016
Hinun-anon which is a Hiligaynon term for consultation headlines the advocacy forum on Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) in the five provinces of the region.
This is an initiative of the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) 6 which seeks to identify the gaps in the whole BuB process and at the same time provide an avenue for assessment of the level of participation and involvement of the key stakeholders, particularly the Local Government Units and the Civil Society Organizations.
The DILG Community Mobilizers in the respective provinces presented the state of CSO participation in the BuB program since its inception in 2013. This included the numerical presentation of CSOs joining the CSO Assembly and the CSOs tapped as citizen monitors of the BuB projects.
A summary of the provincial status of BuB projects was provided by LGOO V Christian Nagaynay the BuB Regional Focal Person. He also emphasized the current policies and guidelines in the BuB implementation.
The one day activity also generated several gains from the program that were articulated by the sharers from the LGUs and the CSOs. It was also the first formal interaction with the media as the program kicked-off with a press conference.
In one of his messages, Atty. Anthony Nuyda, Regional Director of DILG 6 and Chairperson of the RPRAT emphasized the importance of the activity as an avenue to interact and listen to the perspectives of the two key players in the implementation of BuB; the CSOs and the LGUs. “We hope to bring clarity and faces to the statistics we often referred during discussion of accomplishments”, he added.
The forum was attended by several Mayors, LGU-BuB Focal Persons and representatives from the Civil Society Organizations sitting as Co-Chairperson the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team.
The following were the schedule of the Provincial Forum:
The Bottom-up Budgeting or BuB which started in 2013 is a process that engages local communities, civil society organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders to work with the local government units (LGUs) and National Government Agencies (NGAs) through its regional offices in planning, project implementation and monitoring. Since then, BuB as a reform program has been a vital instrument in translating the government’s actions towards inclusive growth. (LGOO V Christian M. Nagaynay, DILG6)