organizations pledge active participation in 2012 regional budget
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – In
line with the Aquino Administration’s thrust for a more transparent
governance, the civil society groups in
Eastern Visayas actively participated in the 2012 Regional Budget
Forum held on
January 13-14, 2011, spearheaded by the Department of Budget and
Management Region 8.
DBM Region 8 Director
Imelda Laceras noted with great satisfaction, the participation of the
civil society organizations that expressed their interest and support
to the programs and projects of the present government.
Among the issues that
cropped up during the forum was the issue as to the number and name of
civil society organizations to be consulted for the ongoing programs
and projects of six piloted Departments namely, the Department of
Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Public Works
and Highways, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department
of Education, and Department of Health.
Director Laceras moved
to park the issue pending the receipt of the detailed guidelines in
the conduct of civil society consultations. She gave the assurance
that updates on the same shall be disseminated the soonest time
Laceras informed that this is the first time that the agency will tap
the participation of civil society organizations (CSOs) and other
stakeholders in the budget preparation process for key government
“This is the first
time that the participatory budget approach is being implemented,”
Director Laceras said adding that this is being done to promote wider
ownership for and monitoring of the government’s key public services.
The forum tackled the
recently issued National Budget Memorandum No. 107 dated December 30,
2010 which is the National Budget Call for 2012.
The budget preparation
for next year aims to strengthen the linkage between development
planning and budgeting and increase the likelihood of accomplishing
development goals by considering resource availability in the
formulation of the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) and
the Medium Term Public Investment Program (MTPIP) for 2011-2016.
The memorandum stated
that the 2012 budget will focus on fighting corruption and promoting
transparency, accountability and good governance; poverty reduction;
ensuring sustained and inclusive economic growth; building a
motivated, professional, energized bureaucracy; and encouraging
integrated and safe communities and the sustainable use of resources
for future generations.