With the near conclusion of the Bottom-Up-Budgeting Program, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 10 conducted an end-of-program assessment conference for the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) recently in Cagayan De Oro City.
“For a good three or four years, the RPRAT meetings had been a good venue for lengthy discussions on issues, suggestions and sharing of ideas that lead to the results today,” DILG 10 Assistant Regional Director Abdullah V. Matalam said in his opening remarks.
Based on the audit presented by the Regional Project Coordinating Team, a total of 862 projects had been implemented in 2015, while 798 were carried out in 2016, of which 16 percent remain pipelined or proposed.
According to DILG 10 Assistant Regional Director for Operations and Concurrent PD Edward G. Bhagwani, the Department will continue monitoring projects, especially those that have not been completed.
In the said activity, national government agencies presented their accomplishments for 2014-2016, and discussed the problems they encountered in the implementation of the BUB.
Among the common issues stated are the following: delayed implementation and coordination at the LGU level, lack of manpower and technical capability, conflict with service providers, and improper turnover of documents to new focal persons.
The conference also enabled the exchange of strategies and notable practices by LGUs and agencies. New agreements were also formulated in order to fast-track the implementation of pending projects by the end of the first quarter of 2018.