roads, agri facilities, and livelihood top LGUs’ wish list under BUB
By MYLES JOSEPH COLASITO
March 10, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – Construction
of farm-to-market roads, provision of agricultural facilities compose
the majority of projects identified by focus LGUs in the region under
the Bottom-Up Planning and Budgeting approach for 2014.
This, said Dir. Pedro A.
Noval Jr., was the result of the consolidation done by the DILG-8
Local Government Productivity Enhancement through Teamwork (LGPET)
Team # 2 and during the review by the Regional Poverty Reduction
Action Team (RPRAT) led by the DILG last March 6-7 at the DILG-8
Regional Office in Tacloban City.
“The RPRAT went over the
projects identified in the Local Poverty Reduction Action Plans (LPRAPs)
of LGU beneficiaries which are being proposed to be included in the
budgets of national agencies involved in BUB for next year”, revealed
He added that the group
discussed among others, the steps to be observed when 1) a project
prioritized by the LGU does not fall under the BUB menu of programs or
does not correspond to the mandate of the agency it identified; 2) and
the LGU projects exceed its budget cap.
To address this, DILG has
set a series of feedback sessions on March 11-16 at the DILG-8
Conference Hall for LGU beneficiaries whose LPRAPs needed revisions.
There are 115 focus LGUs in Eastern Visayas for the BUB implementation
The LPRAPs are the result of
workshops held per LGU which heavily involved the civil society. After
being organized in their respective civil society assemblies, CSO
members chose their representatives to compose one-half of the LPRAT
prioritize the projects to be funded under the 2014 BUB.
In Ormoc City, Mayor Eric
Codilla led stakeholders in a workshop last February 4-5. In his
message, Mayor Codilla emphasized that the LPRAT should also take into
consideration “a plan that is realistic and doable given the funds
allotted and within the given timeframe.” The group proposed projects
relating to agriculture, tourism and livelihood programs, among
Civil society and the local
government of Naval, Biliran agreed on 13 priority projects to be
implemented under BUB in 2014 as a result of separate workshops last
January 18 and February 5 through the facilitation of MLGOO Jerry
Enriquez. These included such livelihood projects as ampao, kaong and
basket making and food processing; education transport vouchers to
high school students; establishment of local registry of skilled
workers; fishpens, mangrove reforestation, farm-to-market roads; and
rehabilitation of irrigation system.
In Cabucgayan, Biliran, the
workshop that was led by provincial facilitator Enan Macasusi and
participated by both department heads, NGA representatives and CSOs,
agreed on giving priority to nine (9) projects, mostly concerning the
development of livelihood for its citizens.
In Tacloban City, the
workshop was held on February 13 at the Local Governance Regional
Resource Center, DILG Regional Office 08 and led by Mayor Alfred S.
Romualdez himself. Atty. Darwin N. Bibar, DILG City Director said the
workshop incorporated projects on livelihood, as a result of the CSO
Assembly which was attended by 168 people last January 31 as well as
proposals from the local government unit.
Meanwhile, in Southern Leyte,
representatives of youth, women, senior citizens, religious,
livelihood, and parents sectors participated in the province-wide
LPRAP workshops from February 11-14. They were selected from among 200
participants in the CSO assemblies last February 7-11. The ten (10)
focus LGUs in Southern Leyte are expected to receive a total of 153
million pesos next year for the implementation of priority pro-poor
projects identified by the LPRAT.
In Jaro, Leyte, municipal
officials and CSO participants led by Mayor Rolando Celebre and
facilitated by MLGOO Cleo Palencia likewise proposed for several
agricultural, livelihood and infrastructure projects.
Once the LGU finishes
working on the plan, the CSO representatives shall then affix their
signatures for legislative approval. The Sanggunian may now endorse
the plan for submission to the RPRAT review led by the DILG. Each
municipality will receive at least 15 million pesos under the BUB,
with capital towns and cities allotted a bit more. Projects are
supposed to be aimed at poverty reduction, disaster risk reduction and
climate change adaptation, tourism and economic development.