The government has released a total of P20.9 billion to various agencies for the implementation of 14,300 Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) projects in cities and municipalities nationwide.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said that the fund release to BuB projects is meant to empower communities and strengthen local government units (LGU).
The DBM said the majority of the amount will be channeled to agencies like the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health.
Meanwhile, P2.83 billion of the total amount will be released directly to local governments through the Local Government Support Fund.
“The DBM is always intensifying its campaign for citizen participation in public spending.
While the national government has the mandate to deliver public services, we want to develop the capacity of local government units and civil service organizations [CSOs],” Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said.
Through BuB, local governments and CSOs can effectively respond to the different needs of their communities, he said.
However, the budget agency stressed that the release of these funds is conditional on LGU compliance with the following governance conditions: Not receiving an adverse report from the Commission on Audit; compliance with the Full Disclosure Policy; and submission of their LGU Public Financial Management Improvement Plan.
The DBM reported that currently, 573 cities and municipalities have yet to comply with these conditions while 1,017 have already met the requirements.
“Political affiliation does not play any role in the allocation and release of BuB funds for priority local projects. Our only criterion is that LGUs comply with set governance conditions,” Abad said.
The DBM chief said LGU officials must prioritize their compliance with the specified conditions, otherwise, their allocated BuB funding will be forfeited.