CITY OF ILAGAN – Isabela Provincial Governor Faustino ‘Bojie’ Dy III promised to extend full support to the 37 component cities and municipalities of the province in the implementation of their respective anti-poverty programs and projects at the grassroots level.
“Asahan nyo ang tulong ng probinsiya (provincial government) at sana samahan nyo kami na gawing mas masaya, mas maunlad at mas mapayapa ang ating lalawigan,” the governor told local officials and functionaries representing the different city and municipal governments of Isabela.
Dy appealed to the city and municipal mayors, sangguniang panlungsod/pambayan members who are chairmen of committee on appropriations, and members of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Teams (LPRATs) to speed up the realization this year of the different project proposals of their local government units (LGUs) which have been thoroughly reviewed and approved for funding under the national government’s Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP).
“Hinihiling ko po sa inyo na paspasan at galingan nyo ang implementasyon ng inyong mga programa at proyekto,” he asked while challenging them to always adhere to the late DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo’s advocacy on ‘mahusay at magaling na pamamahala.’
The GPBP, formerly known as the Bottom- Up Budgeting (BUB) with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as the lead facilitating agency, promotes the Aquino Administration’s principle of inclusive growth and aims to alleviate poverty in the countryside.
The local officials and functionaries, LPRAT members and City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers of the DILG were in attendance during the “Orientation on the Guidelines for the Implementation and Monitoring of FY 2014 GPBP Projects” held on March 28, 2014 at F. N. Dy Hall, Capitol Building here.
Spearheaded by the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team composed of the different national government agencies and facilitated by DILG-Isabela, the activity served as an avenue for the discussion of GPB Process and Project Validation, Highlights of the National Budget Circular No. 121 dated March 18, 2014 re Guidelines for the Implementation and Monitoring of FY 2013 GPB Projects, and Projects for Replacement.
Regional Director Isabel C. Taguinod of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Region 02 led in the discussion and presentation of agency policies as well as requirements to make the project proposals of the LGUs eligible for implementation and funding under the GPB Process.
Aside from the DBM and DILG, the Departments of Agriculture, Social Welfare and Development, Agrarian Reform, Health, Education, Trade and Industry, Environment and Natural Resources, and Technical Education and Skills Authority, through their head and representatives, also presented their respective policy guidelines on the release of their fund support to GPBP LGU-beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, Atty. Odilon L. Pasaraba, DILG OIC-Assistant Regional Director, said the GPB Process has been part of the reforms instituted to bring effective government services right at the doorstep of every constituent.
He said the program recognizes the rights of the people to be informed of government programs and services, make the right choices and be heard, and be actively involved in community development.
On the other hand, DILG-Isabela Provincial Director Elpidio A. Durwin shared his dreams that the first 17 recipient-LGUs of the GPB in the province would be able to complete the implementation of their programs and projects for CY 2014 and that all 37 cities and municipalities of Isabela Province to fully access the fund by 2015.
He said, to fully access the fund, an LGU must be an awardee of the DILG’s Seal of Good Housekeeping, have a substantial progress in implementing its Public Financial Management (PFM), have the technical capacity to implement the project as prescribed by the national government agency, and have no unliquidated cash advances from the participating NGAS programs and budgets.
By: LGOO III Vincent G. Dela Rosa/March 31, 2014