BAGUIO CITY: The government has allotted P1.2 billion to bankroll anti-poverty projects in the Cordillera region.
This was announced on Friday by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas III after inspecting the Baguio City Public Market together with local officials led by Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. and Mayor Mauricio Domogan.
Roxas said a total of P809,683,750 has been allotted for the six provinces and two cities in the Cordillera region this year under the Grassroots Participatory Budget Process (GPBP). Next year, all towns in the region will be entitled to P15 million each while Tabuk and Baguio cities can avail of a maximum of P50 million.
GPBP is a new scheme facilitated by the DILG where projects are identified by local government units in partnership with people’s organizations and non-government organizations.
This year, GPBP allocated P20.03 billion to finance 19,553 poverty alleviation projects indentified by 1,226 LGUs. The projects will be implemented by the proper agencies of the national government.
“This is good news for our constituents,” Aliping declared when informed of the DILG program. “This will go a long way in lessening poverty in our city.”
The program institutionalizes the Aquino administration’s “bottom-up” approach in budget preparation introduced last year. GPBP reverses the process of preparing the budget. Instead of the national leadership deciding which projects in the local level to finance, beneficiaries identify the projects needing funding and government in turn prepares the budget according to these needs.
Under the program, towns may receive a maximum of P15 million each while cities are allocated P50 million annually to finance development of water systems, farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems, pre-planting and post harvest facilities, agricultural production, processing and marketing, livestock raising and plant propagation.
This year, P270 million has been allotted for Abra, P60 million for Apayao, P150 million for Benguet Province, P34,683,750 for Ifugao, P105 million for Kalinga and P90 million for Mountain Province.
Next year, Abra can expect another P405 million, Apayao – P105 million, Benguet – P205 million, Ifugao – P165 million, Kalinga – P155 million and Mt. Province – P150 million.