The Department of the Interior and Local Government – Region 1 conducted the Provincial Stakeholders’ Forum in the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur on February 15-16, February 17, February 22-23 and February 24, 2017 respectively.
The forum aimed to update all stakeholders on the implementation of Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) projects, and provide an avenue for them to better understand the various programs of National Government Agencies. The activity gave the participants the opportunity to raise their issues and concerns not only with the BuB program but also with citizen engagement in general, and their role in policy-making, plan formulation, program implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
The participants were composed of DILG Field Officers, National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Provincial Focal Persons, and representatives of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Teams (LPRATs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
The member-agencies of the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT), particularly the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Agriculture (DA), DILG and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), presented the status of project implementation in the cities and municipalities. The implementing agencies gave their recommendations to facilitate the completion of BuB projects.
The LPRATs were required to accomplish and submit their Catch-up Plans containing the interventions to be undertaken.
Federalism and other regular programs were also advocated during the forum.
(LGOO IV Nicolette May O. Amon with report from LGOO V Shiela Marie G. Andales)