• P962.5M alloted for Cordillera grassroots projects next year

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    BAGUIO CITY: The national government has allotted P962.5 million as Grassroots Participatory Budget (GBP) to fund priority community development projects in the Cordillera region in 2015.

    Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Cordillera Regional Director Liza Fangsilat made the announcement during the third quarter meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC) Sectoral Committee on Development Administration and Good Governance here recently.

    Fangsilat said Abra has the biggest share with P337.5M followed Benguet (P175M), Ifugao (P137.5M), Mountain Province (P125M), Kalinga (P100M) and Apayao (P87.5M).

    GPB is a process through which priority projects are identified jointly by communities/citizens and their local government units. The projects are incorporated into the proposed budgets of the implementing national government agencies.

    Cordillera’s allocation is included in the proposed P2.606-trillion national budget for 2015, which the House of Representatives approved on second reading last week.

    The proposed budget is expected to be approved on third and final reading toward the end of next month when Congress resumes session from a three-week break.

    The GBP generally aims to promote transparency and accountability by increasing community participation in governance and to increase the capacity of local communities/citizenry in identification, preparation of proposals and implementation of priority poverty alleviation projects.

    “Budget allocation for each LGU goes as low as P12.5 million and up to as high as P30 million”, she added.

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