The Department of Agriculture (DA) has earmarked P300 million for the implementation of irrigation, farm-to-market roads, farmers’ capability-building trainings and other agriculture-related projects here in Zamboanga Peninsula next.
Agriculture Production Center Officer Ramon Raul Bucoy said these projects would be implemented through the national government’s Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) process in which the concerned stakeholders including the residents, civil society groups and other sectors are directly consulted on the identification of the priority projects.
For this year, this city received a total of P15 million for the BUB, mostly for irrigation projects. For 2014, the amount has been increased to P30 million, which will be for agriculture projects to include irrigation.
Under the BUB, local people’s organizations such as farmers’ and fisher folks’ are consulted on their problems, needs and situation.
As proof of the process, the list of priority projects must be signed by representatives of such organizations, which will eventually be endorsed to the appropriate agency.
Bucoy said the BUB is being implemented jointly by the DA and other agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster, the Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Cluster and the Economic Development Cluster.
Its aim is to reduce the country’s poverty incidence to 16.6 percent by 2015, from 26.5 percent in 2009.
Bucoy said that “since the stakeholders themselves helped in identifying these projects under the BUB, we are ensured that these will indeed have a positive effect on their communities, particularly on enhancing their income and productivity as farmers.” PNA