DILG urges CSOs to help BuB projects implementation

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has encouraged the civil society organizations (CSOs) to participate in the implementation of the Bottoms-Up Budgeting (BuB) projects.

DILG provincial director Dennis Quiñones cited this in a training on Citizen’s Monitoring and Evaluation to fast track the implementation of the BuB projects in Negros Oriental.

DILG’s continuing training activity for its field officers, CSOs monitoring teams and local planning and development coordinators in different cities and municipalities was held this week.

This is to achieve BuB program implementations which started in 2013 to help the country in attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction.

Quiñones said, “DILG will continue to partner with the CSOs for capacity-building interventions relative to the BUB Program.”

Quiñones also emphasized his message on the role of CSOs in the local governance.  He encouraged the participants to actively participate in the monitoring and evaluation of the BuB projects as this is very important to achieve genuine transparency in  respective local government units (LGUs).

To date, according to DILG director only 42 percent of the 2013 BuB projects were implemented or are being implemented.

For 2014 and 2015 approved projects, only 34.1 percent and 1.8 percent of the BuB projects respectively have been implemented.

Local government operations officer VI Aquilina Eltanal said, “As of now, we are trying to inculcate the elements of good governance, transparency on the part of the CSOs and government, to attain our goals and to maximize the use of fund resources to different projects as identified, to make a reality.”

Interacting with the local poverty reduction action team (LPRAT) and implementing agencies, Eltanal said after all projects been monitored, the group has to discuss the findings and make recommendations to formulate a catch up plans for those projects.

LPRAT Co-chair of LGU Dauin Victorina Elumir said, “We are very grateful that we are involved in this program of the government and to know more on how we can help DILG and LGU in the implementation of BuB in the municipality of Dauin.” (mbcn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/ with reports from Ronelyn Faith  Vailoces, SU intern/This article was first published at PIA Website on Sept. 18, 2015)

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