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Thousands of Filipinos all over the country are now benefitting from 16,576 completed projects amounting to around PhP15.5 billion under the government’s Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) program since the program started in 2013 until 2015, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
DILG Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero said that of the 16,576 completed BuB projects, a total of 5,391 or 79 percent of the 7,282 funded projects were completed for 2013; 9,455 or 48 percent of the 19,525 projects for 2014; and 1,730 or 12 percent of the 14,349 projects for 2015.
BuB is a program that strengthens participation in national budget formulation and project implementation. Before BuB, decisions were made at the top. Now, local communities with their local government units (LGUs) are given the power to decide on what priority projects should be implemented in their areas.
“BuB as a reform program has its own birth pains since its conceptualization in 2011 and early stages in 2013 and 2014. Understandably and consequently, the completion rate takes time in improving through the years as projects differ in nature ranging from infrastructure to livelihood,” said Panadero.
The DILG Undersecretary said that over the said three-year period, a total of PhP51.70 billion has been downloaded by the national government to LGUs for the implementation of a total of 41,156 funded projects.
Aside from the 16,576 completed projects from 2013 to 2015, he said 8,385 are still ongoing, 11,473 are pipelined, and 4,722 have been proposed. The completion rate is 40 percent and the delivery rate is 61 percent.
“We hope for the appreciation not only of completed projects but as well as thousands of ongoing projects that has started and has visually verifiable physical accomplishment,” said Panadero.