DILG IV-A convenes 1st RPRAT meeting

February 27, 2013 photo of RD Castilla-Go in a meeting with local officials

Taguig City - The DILG-Region IV-A has jumpstarted the year with the 1st Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) Meeting held recently at the regional office here.

Being the RPRAT Chair, Regional Director Josefina Castilla-Go said the meeting was called in order to address the 2013 Bottoms-Up Budgeting Project Implementation wherein 26 of the 595 Focus LGUs in the country are in Region IV-A. This includes 19 LGUs in Quezon as well as 7 LGUs in Rizal. Project cost for the said LGUs amounts to P317.1M. ­­­

Based on the 2013 BUB Guidelines, the projects will be implemented by the LGUs except for Household electrification projects under DOE; Sitio electrification projects under NEA; NHIP coverage of indigent families under PHIC; and all projects under DepEd.

Further, project implementations by the LGUs are subject to the following conditions: Technical capabilities as determined by the agency concerned; Seal of Good Housekeeping for FY 2011 or 2012 Assessment; Completion of assessment of its PFM system; and No unliquidated cash advances from participating agencies based on existing auditing rules and regulations.  

The BUPB for CY 2014 was also presented wherein the focus is 1,233 LGUs (considered “Poorest of the Poor”). Of this figure, 52 LGUs are in CALABARZON (5 in Cavite, 7 in Laguna, 7 in Batangas, 11 in Rizal, and 22 in Quezon). Budget cap on the other hand for the said LGUs in Region IV-A amounts to P786M.

According to Go, funding for the implementation of the BUB projects shall be incorporated by the participating agencies and DBM into the FY 2014 National Expenditure Program. Key players for the BUB include the LGU LCE, the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT), the Local Sanggunian, the Civil Society Organization (CSO), the RPRAT, the NAPC, and the Agency Central Offices (ACOs).

The activity is an offshoot of the Bottom-Up Processes (BUB) in Planning and Budgeting Regional Orientation for the DILG Field Personnel which was held last December in Quezon City wherein DILG CALABARZON played host to 163 participants from Regions IV-A, IV-B, and NCR.

The RPRAT is composed of the RDs of the participating agencies in the CALABARZON region which include the DILG, DBM, DA, DAR, DENR, DOH, DepEd, DOE, DSWD, DTI, DOT, TESDA. Other members include the representatives from the DOE, NEA, the RD of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and representatives of the CSOs in the five (5) provinces of the region. - DILG CALABARZON