Saturday, February 20, 2016

Legazpi City to orient village chiefs on BuB program to qualify for Php1-M fund from national gov’t
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 19 (PNA) -- Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal on Friday said he has advised the Office of the Liga ng mga Barangay in the city and the Office of the City Local Government Operation to orient all barangay chairmen of the 70 villages of this city on the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) program of the national government.

The Barangay BuB will be one of the best solutions to strengthen the villages and give them a chance to increase infrastructure projects and improve social services and other important programs and activities for the benefit of their constituents, Rosal said.

The BuB started when the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) invited different line agencies with available budget to allocate a certain percentage of their fund to LGUs that comply with the criteria issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Rosal said the Liga ng mga Barangay National Office made a proposal to implement the BuB program in the barangay level and it was supported by the DILG and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Leni Robredo, former Camarines Sur congresswoman and now candidate for vice president under the LP ticket, also has a pending bill in Congress for the institutionalization of the program to include it in the regular budget of the national government.

Elmer Villanueva, city local government operations officer, said that in 2017, around 12,000 villages nationwide will receive Php1 million each from the national government as beneficiaries of the Barangay BuB program for the general welfare of their respective areas.

Villanueva has asked the president of the Liga ng mga Barangay-Legazpi City Chapter to orient the 70 village chiefs within this month and remind them to convene the Barangay Development Council (BDC) for the orientation on the Barangay BuB and identification of projects.

The BDC will be asked to present a project proposal to the barangay assembly for approval; after which, they will prepare the Annual Investment Program for funding, he added.

All the city’s 70 barangays will be qualified through the criteria from the DILG, which includes the compliance with Barangay Full Disclosure Policy as well as the presence of Barangay Development Plan, the capacity to implement the projects and the conduct of barangay assembly, Villanueva said.

He said the Php1 million will be used for three particular projects such as basic services, hiring people in the barangay and other important projects related to disaster risk reduction management program.

The objective of the program is to give voice to the community in choosing projects, empower the barangays as frontline agency of the government and reduce the poverty incidence in the community through good governance. (PNA) LAP/FGS/EMC/CBD/EDS