The importance of CSO
participation in the budget process
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
PALO, Leyte – The
importance of civil society organizations’ participation in the
process of budget preparation was emphasized during the FY 2013
Regional Budget Forum conducted on January 20, 2012 at the DPWH
Multi-Purpose Hall in Palo, Leyte.
DBM Region 8 Director
Imelda Laceras said that transparency is an important element of a
good budget process. The participation of CSOs will increase the
transparency in the budget process and will help increase
accountability and use of public funds.
The Lady Director said
that the DBM-8 conducted an inventory of CSO operating in the Region
in order to ensure the participation of CSOs in the budget preparation
The 26 CSOs listed
were duly invited to the FY 2013 Regional Budget Forum but although
only one CSO was represented, the DBM Director expressed appreciation
that CSOs are gradually actively participating in the budget
During the Forum, Dr.
Socorro S. Gasco representing the Association of Deans of Philippine
College of Nursing honestly admitted that she’s a stranger to
government’s budget processes and budgetary terms and languages. She
made comments however, from the point of view of CSOs, on some budget
execution practices that they observed of some government agencies.
Director Laceras in
response to the comments said DBM will coordinate with the concerned
agencies mentioned. She also said that the workings of the bureaucracy
is guided by laws and rules and regulations and that the Commission on
Audit is tasked of seeing to it that agencies will not deviate from
policies on the use of government funds.
Dir. Laceras lauded
the presence of CSO representative. She said that, “this is the
scenario that we are aspiring for, the convergence of CSOs and
government agencies in the budget processes.”
She also expressed
hope that more CSOs will be engaged in the near future.
To underscore the
importance of CSOs, the DBM Central Office is in the process of
crafting guidelines anew in regards to CSOs’ involvement not only in
the budget preparation phase but also in the other phases of the
budget cycle, such as in the execution and accountability, Dir.