The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Negros Oriental gathered local governments, and civil society organizations (CSOs) in the province recently to draw priority projects dubbed, “Bottom-up Planning and Budgeting (BuPB).”
DILG-NegOr OIC provincial director Farah Gentuya said the assemblies are an offshoot of the regional orientation of BuPB participated in by 25 field officers of the province in Iloilo City.
Initially, during the assembly in each 25 LGU’s, some 50 CSO’s have identified and agreed on a set of priority poverty reduction projects and measures that reflect grassroots community issues and demands, said Gentuya.
She added these projects include provision of basic social services and attainment of the millennium development goals, to incorporate poverty reduction, hunger mitigation, job generation and inclusive local economic development, climate change adaptation, and disaster preparedness.
The local DILG also conducted the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) planning on February 4 to 15 with all the mayors, CSO representatives, and its department heads in its respective LGU’s.
This DILG program aims to ensure the inclusion of the funding requirements for the development need of focus cities and municipalities in the budget proposals of participating agencies.
In the pursuit of taking the “straight path,” President Aquino’s administration embarks on the concept of a more participatory process in local governance, particularly on poverty alleviation, Gentuya said.
The local DILG officer said this concept provides a perspective of allowing the civil society organizations and basic sector full participation in planning and budgeting to strengthen the delivery of basic services in the communities. (PIA)