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:

Aklan July 19
Antique July 13
Capiz July 15
Guimaras July 14
Iloilo July 12

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)

Thirteen local governments in Western Visayas shall each get a slice of the P13.3 million budget for implementing the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) under the Bottom-up Budgeting Program (BUB) for calendar year 2016.

The CBMS is a planning tool that generates poverty diagnosis, disaster risk reduction management and climate change adaptation, and for monitoring the Millennium (now Sustainable) Development Goals among other thematic concerns.  The program involves a survey of all households in the locality, thereby enabling local planners to have statistical and mapped data of various indicators.

In Region 6, the following LGUs are beneficiaries:  Buruanga, Lezo and Kalibo (Aklan), Sibunag (Guimaras) and from Antique: Belison, Bugasong, Culasi, Libertad, Pandan, San Jose, Sibalom, Tobias Fornier and Valderrama.

The said LGUs are expected to complete trainings, enumeration, data processing, poverty mapping, and community validation and update their barangay and municipal Development Plans within six (6) months.

A coaching/ orientation was held in Iloilo City on the guidelines of implementation of CBMS under BuB. The orientation was attended by the target LGUs Local Chief Executives (LCEs), Mun. Planning and Development Officers, Mun. Budget Officers, CBMS Focal Persons and Mun. Local Government Operations Officers.

The municipalities of Sebaste and Patnongon which are Non CBMS target LGUs joined the orientation. As CBMS implementers at the municipal level, the target LGUs are required to appoint members of the CBMS Technical Working Group. Upon implementation, the data gathered using the CBMS can be used by LGUs for poverty diagnosis, disaster-risk reduction management and climate change adaptation among others. (LGOO V Christian M. Nagaynay, DILG6)

Series of organizational meetings were conducted with the Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) Team and the members of the Multi-Sectoral Advisory Committee (MSAC) and the Consortium.  These meetings were held on July 26-27, 2016 at the Sarabia Hotel, Iloilo City which involve orientation of the Knowledge Management (KM) Framework of the LGRRC.

Included in the items for discussions were the roles and responsibilites in the Knowledge Management and the Department’s programs, projects and activities with the engagement of the MSAC and the Consortium.

The knowledge brokering activity was set on the following objectives: Revisit the organizational and functional set-up of LGRRC 6 based on the activities it has conducted and facilitated in support of its mandate in mainstreaming knowledge-management as the key concept in sustaining the delivery of capacity development services to the LGUs; Strengthen the LGRRC6 Team in their roles as heads and members of the different facilities under the LGRRC; Redefines the LGRRC6 proposition and roadmap in mainstreaming knowledge management in its various engagements through the delivery of regulat programs of the DILG and other local initiatives; Solicit multi-sectoral perspective on the operations of the LGRRCs with its external partners particularly the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee; and Re-engineer the present set-up of the Western Visayas Local Governance Resource Consortium to include finalization of the Project Management Office and expansion of membership.

The DILG Region 6  adheres to the KM framework of transforming the Department into a knowledge-centric organization through its LGRRC.  Primarily the core strategy is fostering Knowledge Management as a concept in order to materialize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, creation, sharing, use, application, and review of a group or organization’s explicit and tacit knowledge in a systematic manner to achieve the organizational goals.

In order for Local Governance Knowledge Management (LG KM) to reflect and respond to the true knowldege needs and processes of the LG sector, LG KM needs to involve the key players and stakeholders in participatory local governance.
 The essence of multi-stakeholdership is ensuring that these stakeholders collectively articulate policies in building a culture and system to encourage better management and sharing of LG knowledge toward excellence in Local Governance.  As such, multiple stakeholders are part of and have “co-ownership” of the KM system or knowledge community.

Multi-stakeholdership also represents a paradigm shift in DILG’s role in local governance from supervision and control to that of catalyst and facilitator in promoting excellence in local governance.  In pursuit of its evolving role toward intra and inter sector collaboration for LG KM, for instance, the DILG could take the lead in establishing these multi-stakeholder mechanisms in overseeing the KM programs in the sector such as the LGRRC.

These stakeholders include officials, technical personnel, experts and practitioners of national government agencies, LGUs, NGOs/CSOs; donor organizations; service providers; academic institutions; national, local and alternative media; think tanks; and research institutions.
The LGRRC 6 has been established to become a dynamic, interactive and virtual one-stop-shop for knowledge on local governance.  Its primary role is to source, organize, and manage available local governance knowledge and promote its sharing and use by various stakeholders.

The facility leverages ICT tools and various techniques for capturing, creating, and sharing knowledge to promote knowledge sharing for local governance excellence.  It is also a mechanism for convergence of local capacity building and knowledge initiatives and also as a broker for collaboration and knowledge sharing between stakeholders.

Primarily, there is a need to establish an institution that adheres to the concept of multi-stakeholdership and convergence in the region to promote a culture of learning and knowldege-sharing in pursuit of sustainable development through excellence in local governance.  This will also support the DILG in its role as an enabler for capacity development of LGUs.  It shall be designed to support the DILG Regional Office to carry out its responsibility of strengthening both the management and technical competencies of local officials and technical staff by providing LGU access to a wealth of knowledge.  As such it shall become a repository of knowledge products and DILG with its regional partners shall build from it to achieve a continuing process of local governance knowledge creation, sharing, utilization and review. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)

Name of LGU Maayon, Capiz
Brief Profile of LGU Maayon is located in the south-eastern portion of the Province of Capiz, bearing a distance of 31.6 kilometers from the center of communication of Capiz Province which is Roxas City. The municipality has a total land area of 18,002 hectares. Some portion of the town is considered flat and hilly and its eastern section is mountainous. It is bounded in the north by the Municipalities of Panitan and Pontevedra, northwest by the Municipality of President Roxas, southwest by the Municipality of Sara, province of Iloilo, on the south by the Municipality of Lemery, Iloilo and Municipality of Cuartero, on the southeast by the Municipality of Dao and northeast by the Municipality of Panitan. It has a projected population and household of 39,187 and 6,831 respectively in 2016. The main source of income of the inhabitants is farming.
Title of Project Rehabilitation of Level II Water Systems
Location Barangays Bongbongan and Guinbialan, Maayon, Capiz

Water is one of the basic necessities of life. It is necessary in almost all activities especially in the household, such as cleaning, cooking, maintenance of personal hygiene, etc. Unfortunately, water access has been a perennial problem in the municipality. In the past, water system has not been sustainable even in the Poblacion area.

For Barangays Bongbongan and Guinbialan in the Municipality of Maayon, Province of Capiz, access to potable water has been difficult. In the past, both barangays were able to avail funds for spring development and had their respective level II water systems. However, both water systems were seriously damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda and became unserviceable. Residents of these barangays went back to their previous practice of fetching water straight from the spring source, rivers or creeks, few minutes away from the barangay proper.

Municipal data in 2015 revealed that almost 11% of households in the municipality do not have access to potable water. Although some households were able to afford the installation of private water pumps and/or water tanks of rainwater, most of the residents in the lowland barangays get water from wells (open, artesian or pump wells) while those in upland barangays rely on underdeveloped springs, rivers or creeks for their daily water use. Most of these sources take 10 to 15 minutes of walk along weather-damaged, seldom-maintained feeder roads. The road condition makes it more difficult to fetch water especially on rainy days, when these roads become muddy and slippery. During these days, fetching water becomes a dangerous task especially for children and elderly members of the household. Some opt to fetch water with the aid of their “karusa”, a local carriage made of bamboo being dragged by a carabao. The safety of water from these sources is also unsure.

In 2014, the municipality was included in the list of LGU recipients of the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan Program (PAMANA) Program, a DILG-led program and framework for peace and development. This program implements development interventions in line with the Millennium Development Goals in isolated, hard-to-reach and conflict-affected communities, ensuring that they are not left behind. A total of 2million pesos was allocated to the municipality out of the PAMANA DILG Fund.

Per recommendation of the municipal government of Maayon, Barangay’s Bongbongan and Guinbialan were the chosen sites of PAMANA Program implementation. These adjacent barangays are situated in the far-flung, mountainous portion of the Municipality, the former entails around 35 to 45 minutes of travel, traversing weather-damaged, unpaved roads, with some stretch of concreted provincial roads, while the latter entails another 10 to 15 minutes travel time from the former. The primary mode of public transportation to and from these communities is single detached motorcycle or habal-habal.

“The municipal government decided to request for the rehabilitation of water systems in barangays Bongbongan and Maayon, allotting 1 million pesos each per barangay, to be funded out of our PAMANA Fund allocation to address the issue of difficulty of access to potable and safe water,” explained Hon. Wilfredo Borres, Sr., Maayon Municipal Mayor.

As part of the project, two (2) water tanks were established in Barangay Bongbongan with 15 tap stands installed along the barangay road, serving around 200 households. Another two (2) water tanks were also established in Barangay Guinbialan with four (4) tap stands serving around 100 households.

“Prior to this project, we needed to fetch water few times a day directly from the spring source. It was very taxing for us as we should allot hours just to fetch enough water for our daily needs. On rainy days, we had to be extra careful of our steps because the road becomes slippery. It was even dangerous to send our children to fetch water but we had no choice,” recounts Ms. Norie Roxas, PTCA President of Bongbongan Elementary School.

“Water access today is much easier. We can fetch water anytime since the tap stands are installed just along the barangay roads. Instead of spending much time in fetching water, we now have more time to do other household chores. It also allows us to spend more quality time with our family. Not only that, we are, especially our children, are now spared from the danger of walking to and fetching water from the spring source,” shares Jinnefer Daug, Guinbialan Barangay Treasurer.

The PAMANA Project was formally turned over by the municipal government of Maayon to the concerned barangays through Punong Barangay Edgar Ramon of Bongbongan and Punong Barangay Elsie Depeña of Guinbialan during a ceremony in Barangay Bongbongan on June 8, 2016. The activity was attended by the beneficiaries, concerned Sangguniang Barangay members and DILG Regional and Provincial PAMANA Teams headed by DILG VI Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda and DILG Capiz Provincial Director Clyne B. Deocampo.

In his message, Mayor Borres emphasized the effort of the national government to facilitate development and progress down to the grassroots level. “This is a reminder that despite the remoteness of our area, we can feel the presence and care of our government. Our government is sensitive to our needs and addresses these needs, one program at a time,” he said.

RD Nuyda on the other hand reminded the beneficiaries to take care and preserve the water system as it is now their property.

The concerned Punong Barangays with the assistance of the Maayon Municipal Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) Task Force headed by the Municipal Mayor is set to partner with a non-government organization for the establishment of a Barangay Waterworks and Sanitation Association to ensure proper management and maintenance of their respective water systems. (LGOO V Christy V. Gernace, DILG6-Capiz)

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