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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