approach being piloted in 6 government departments
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
participatory budget approach is being piloted in six government
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.
Department of Budget
and Management Region 8 Director Imelda C. Laceras disclosed this
during the DSWD Region 8 60th Anniversary celebration on January 21,
where she was the guest speaker.
Director Laceras said
that the National Budget Call for 2012, the government is putting
emphasis on strategies on transparency and accountability. The
inclusion of the civil society organizations in the budget process is
now being pursued by DBM to strengthen participatory budgeting at all
operations and greater public access to public information will allow
the civil society organizations to monitor government spending and
ensure accountability for every peso it spends.
The pilot agencies
will be required to consult with interested CSOs and other
stakeholders at the regional and central levels, Director Laceras
said. The DBM Regional Office will spearhead the consultations anytime
in February or March 2011.
“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 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 National Budget
Call for 2012 provides 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.
Laceras called on all the DSWD Region 8 personnel to continue joining
hands in leading the way towards genuine transformation and social
The good lady
director also cited each and every personnel of the DSWD for their
contributions towards making the agency at 60, an agency truly
committed to providing social service with integrity.