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BUB Coffee Processing Project Benefiting the IP in Iligan

Select participants from the Indigenous People's and farming community partners of EcoWEB were trained by Bote Central on the operation of the coffee roasting machine and other equipment necessary for the production of fresh brewed coffee from the mountains of Iligan. To produce quality supply of beans, coffee depulper and dehuller is also provided which first set shall be brought to Barangay Panoroganan - a major coffee production area in Iligan. The project is supported by the DTI under its BUB 2014 program with some counterpart support from the LGU of Iligan. The P980,000 BUB project is hoped to increase the income of coffee farmers in the hinterlands of Iligan and help reduce poverty. EcoWEB, with initial support from the PWC Isla Lipana Philippines, is also establishing coffee nursery in Barangay Rogongon to boost the organic coffee production among the partner IP communities. Coffee industry is currently being developed by ECOWEB in partnership with the LGUs and CSOs in Iligan and 6 other municipalities in Lanao del Norte and with various national government agencies through the facilitation of the National Anti-Poverty Commission.

BUB Strengthens CSO Participation in Governance

EcoWEB Executive Director. Regina S. Antequisa, the Sectoral Representative of the National Anti-Poverty Commission Victims of Disaster and Calamities sector (NAPC-VDC) and who had been serving as the co-chair of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) in Iligan City since 2013 and the Provincial Focal Person of NAPC for BUB for Lanao del Norte from 2014 until end of Septemeber 2015 presented the "CSO Participation Trends in the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) Processes" in the first day session of the 2-day Bottom-up-Budgeting (BUB) Summit for Mindanao on September 29-30, 2015 held at Apo View Hotel, Davao City.

With the theme: "Budget ng Bayan sa Kamay ng Taumbayan", indeed the summit showed good governance means effective and accountable budget governance with the meaningful and effective participation of the people.

The summit showed some gains and victories in the CSO participation in the BUB to include the 50-50 representation in the LPRAT, the equal power given to CSOs with the LGU in project planning and budgeting, as well as ensuring its role in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the projects. Implementation of some projects for poverty reduction, disaster risk reduction, and better access to basic social services have already started. And many are looking forward to the continuity of BUB beyond 2017.

Various challenges were also identified in the CSO participation trends and recommendations were identified to improve further the BUB processes. Among the recommendations were the provision of support for further capacity building and empowerment of CSOs in planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring and for strengthening the mechanisms for LGUs to ensure participation of CSOs in all BUB processes, among others. Revival of BUB in ARMM which was suspended in 2015 was also among the recommendations to ensure that BUB will address poverty situation in the poorest region in the country and hopes to propel and demand for local governance.

The 2-day Mindanao BUB Summit is participated by over 300 CSOs and representatives of the basic sectors which started with a CSO forum in the first day and joined by representative Local Chief Executives and regional government agencies in the second day.

While concerns on the future of the BUB beyond 2016 has been expressed as the country would be choosing new leaders by May next year, the continuity of BUB which is considered by the CSOs and Basic sectors as a real good governance action for poverty reduction and inclusive development, Secretary Joel Rocamora of NAPC as well as by Mr. Patrick Lim of DBM expressed that the future of BUB lies in the hand of the people with Usec Oyen Dorotan of NAPC says, “BUB should be made a political agenda of the people” come May 2016 people power exercise.

EcoWEB considers the BUB program a very promising program of the Philippine government to help realize its commitment to the New Global Goals agreed upon by world leaders during the United Nations Summit on post-2015 agenda last September 25-27, 2015 in New York City.  EcoWEB is a member of Beyond 2015 that campaigned for the participation and voice of the grassroots in the formulation of the new Sustainable Development Goals 2030 that would replace Millenium Development Goals that ends this 2015.

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BUB - 2014 Dressmaking Culmination Day

45 women from various People's Organizations who are partners of the facilitating Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of the Bottom-up-Budgeting (BUB) process in Iligan happily celebrated the culmination of their 14-day training and the acceptance of their sewing machine with some tools to be able to start their dress-making livelihood project. This particular BUB project is funded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) facilitated by the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) chaired by the city mayor and co-chaired by EcOWEB. Other facilitating partner CSOs include the SMMI, IFUPAA, CDWA, CHARM, ICCW, LIHUK, ISM, ICAFFC, among others. This project is part of the 48 poverty reduction projects accessed for the Iligan City grassroots organizations of the various basic sectors from the BUB 2014, a program of the national government with the DILG, NAPC, DBM and DSWD serving as the oversight agencies. EcoWEB Executive Director serves as the Focal Person of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) for Lanao del Norte province.

BUB - DOLE Skills Training Orientation

Through the Bottom-up-Budgeting process and with funding support from DOLE, 600 men, women, and youth from grassroots organizations of all basic sectors are expected to learn livelihood skills that could help them access employment and initiate livelihood projects. Training include welding, pipefitting, electrical installation, automotive, electronics repair, plumbing, dressmaking, therapeutic massage, carpentry, masonry, furniture-making, and motorcycle repair.

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