LPRAT Orientation on the 2014 BuB Process in the province of Marinduque

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The Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) Program is an approach used by the administration to empower the poor and alleviate poverty at the same time. The DILG IV-B, head of the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT), sent representatives to the province for their Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) Orientation on BuB for FY2014 . The Orientation of LPRATs of the Province of Marinduque was held on January 31, 2013 in the conference hall of the newly renovated Municipal Hall of Boac.  The six (6) LGUs of Marinduque are among the BuB covered LGUs for FY 2014.

In each municipality, the seven (7) key members of the LPRAT, namely,  the Municipal Mayor, elected CSO representative as co-chairperson, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (MPDC), the three (3) CSO signatories and a representative from the business sector, were invited to learn more about the BuB process, the financial policies and the menu of programs with the help of twelve (12) RPRAT members’ representatives from DILG, DBM, DA, DAR, DENR, DepEd, DOH, DOLE, DSWD, DTI, TESDA and MARELCO.

The event started with Mayor Roberto M. Madla of Boac, Marinduque welcoming the participants to their new “house.” He was also thankful that his long awaited desire to empower the people has materialized through the BuB. Provincial Director Ma. Victoria Del Rosario formally opened the program emphasizing the importance of the LPRAT in the BuB process before introducing the participants. It was followed by the presentation of the DBM-DILG-DSWD-NAPC Joint Memorandum Circulars No. 2 & 3, Series of 2012 by LGOO VI Ma. Teresita G. Iglesia. DBM Budget Specialist Gemma Rivera also discussed the financial policies of the BuB for FY 2014.

In the afternoon, the program resumed with an open forum. The following were the major concerns raised and adequately answered:

1.             The administrative costs of the BuB project implementation can be charged as an LGU counterpart.

2.             The projects unspecified in the menu can be included in the 20% of the  budget cap.

3.             The questionable program in the menu of DAR was clarified. They would not be undertaking projects creating school buildings or daycare centers.  Instead DAR would be into irrigation projects.

4.             The LGU counterpart can be charged entirely from the 20% development fund as long as it follows the guidelines for its utilization.

5.             For FY 2014, there will be no budget ceilings for the participating NGAs/GOCC unlike in the previous BuB implementation, hence, the LPRATs will be free to choose their projects under any participating agency for as long as it does not go over the LGUs budget cap for BuB.

Afterwards, the participating agencies’ representatives presented their menu of programs allocating time for questions after each presentation and all concerns raised with regard to the listed projects were sufficiently clarified.

LGOO V Agnes M. Salamanca, the MLGOO of Boac, closed the event expressing her gratitude to all the participants who seemed very eager to start planning and she also emphasized the schedule of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) Workshop for each municipality which will start on February 4, 2013.

 

Written by: Erika Mae U. Gumabol, LGOO II