The Department of the Interior and Local Government(DILG)Region 6 has taken the lead in pushing the local governments of Antique in fast tracking the implementation of all pending Bottom-Up Budgeting(BUB)projects.
DILG Regional Director Anthony Nuyda said a series of stakeholders’ forum dubbed as “Hinun-anon” was spearheaded by the DILG to engage key players in the implementation of the BuB program as well as to identify gaps in the whole process.
“Hinun-anon”is a local term for consultation.
Based on DILG’s monitoring, of the 738 projects in Antique programmed under BUB for FY 2014-2016,530 are still marked ongoing and completed while 208 projects are non-moving.
The forum was participated by the MLGOOs, BuB Focal Persons,MPDCs/Municipal Engineers and the LPRAT Co-Chairs representing the CSOs of the 18 municipalities in the province.
Also present during the dialogue were representatives of the National Government Agencies, Department of Agriculture,DOH,DepEd,National Anti-Poverty Commission and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources who guided stakeholders on issues of project implementation, fund transfer, dropped projects, delays in the implementation, documentary requirements,down loading of funds and coordination, among others.
Introduced in 2013,BUB is another mechanism in the budgeting process that allowed groups in the grassroots level, usually led by civil social organizations through the local government units to identify priority poverty reduction programs to be funded by the national government.
There are no more funds allotted for BuB this year but poor municipalities will be given funds under the new Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities(ADM)Program.