MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Mar 9 (PIA) - More than ten national government agencies are implementing the Bottom-up Budgeting program spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Southern Leyte OIC-Provincial Director Jesus Naquilla informed during the Provincial Stakeholders’ Forum held March 7, 2017.

In his overview of the activity held at Lourdes Convention Center here, Naquilla said that BuB started in 2013 with pilot municipalities, giving opportunities to the people at the grassroots level where they feel they are really involved in the implementation of the project, saying that “civil society organizations and the community are included in the planning process.”

He said that the national agencies implementing the BuB include the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR),Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Budget an Management (DBM), and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).

BuB is the government’s reform program that institutionalized the people’s participation in the budget process, and will be expanded this year to cover 42,036 barangays throughout the country, it was learned. It is expected to aid barangays in better formulating poverty reduction action plans and monitoring the delivery of basic services in the communities.

During the forum, the implementing agencies reported the status of each of their projects implemented under the BuB program.

Other topics discussed during the day activity include BuB national updates and BuB Grievance system tackled by Open BuB Portal Specialist Junette Dawn A. Baculfo; and Of Sunset and New Beginning: BuB Evolves to Assistance to Municipalities discussed by Engr. Joven Estrelles.

DILG also talked among other programs such as the Mamamayan Ayaw Sa Anomaliya, Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga (MASA MASID); Seal of Good Local Governance; the conferment of SGLG to post-compliance passers an awarding of certificates of recognition to LGUs that excel in Local Governance Assessment Areas for the year 2016.

Among other guests during the forum include DILG Regional Director Marivel Sacendoncillo, Engr. Glenn Layam, Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado, Governor Damian G. Mercado who delivered his inspirational message. (ajc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)

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