DILG opts for ‘bottoms-up’ budgeting of LGUs


Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippine—Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said Monday that the agency is working on a program which will use the inputs of local government units as basis for the national budget planning.

Speaking to reporters, Roxas said the program dubbed “Bottoms-up Budgeting” will be used by government agencies as “starting point” in crafting the government budget by giving local leaders the chance to speak up for the specific needs of their municipality.

“With the Bottoms-up Budgeting, the LGU’s will determine their needs. They will have the say on which programs should be suited for their locality. This will be consolidated and transmitted to the national government agencies,” Roxas said, adding that the new approach is set to be used for the 2014 budget process.

The scheme, Roxas said, will be among the responsibilities to be handled by newly appointed Interior Undersecretary Francisco “Bimbo” Fernandez, who is also tasked to look into the urban poor and other sectoral concerns.

Roxas said the scheme aims to ensure that programs of the national government are fitting for the needs of local government units, and “not something that is imposed on them.”

Roxas said Transportation and Communications Undersecretary Rafael “Paeng” Santos will also join him in the department.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OV276YKVSWQ454LP65IGZ4OZLE aspiras

    That is a good start – may I suggest, with due respect, that the Pork Barrel be given to the Governor of each province instead of to Congress and let each Gov’nor allocate the funds as needed by his province. Then the Vice-Gov’nor will make an accounting report to this new agency that Secretary Roxas is creating about where the money had been spent.

    • boldyak

      if there is no pork barrel for the congressman, there will be no candidate running for congress, instead they will all run for governors, that’s for sure…i really hope that pork barrel will be eliminated, as it is being used to control the lawmakers by the one releasing the pork barrel. lawmakers are lawmakers and projects are the responsibilities of the executive.

  • maylah1969

    The most effective way is to create an electronic budget template, starting in the barangay level going up to the municipal level. The consolidation process will create an effective budget, meeting the needs of the jurisdiction and not dependent upon the municipal or city budget officer who does not even see, hear, listen and discuss what their constituents primary needs are. Sec Mar Roxas deserves the support on this project to make LGU budget more responsive to the people at the barangay level.

    • observer1356

       i agree with your suggestion on that electronic budget template… the technology is already in place and most, if not all, staff/officers/officials in any level are already electronic/computer literate …  that idea is great…

      • maylah1969

        The electronic template must be designed and formatted so that it will also meet National Government Accounting System using established chart of accounts that will reconcile with the jurisdiction’s general ledger, not a stand alone system, mind you, but a component of the integrated accounting system. A comparative report can be written to analyze actual expenditures against line item budget on a live basis, executive and council level will see the same database or data, the process of executing the budget will be most effective, providing clarity and transparency to all concern. They can design the program using Macros or Visual Basic programming language.

      • observer1356

        That’s even better. I’d really like to see this happens in my lifetime. I hope you, the younger generation, could make this happen…

      • maylah1969

        I am 65 yrs old a retired accountant in the US. I want to help our country move forward in this direction and will assist in any way what is required of my abilities.

      • observer1356

        i thought you are younger than my age, but i was wrong… however, the idea you proposed is really doable and interesting for purposes of transparency and for the public to share ownership of their local government’s initiatives….
        that would be great if it happens in our lifetime…

      • maylah1969

        I think Sec Mar Roxas means what he says, and says what he means.

      • observer1356

        he does …

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/OV276YKVSWQ454LP65IGZ4OZLE aspiras

        That is great to know !!! So the traffic light is on GREEN so it is GO all the way – BUT before we start rolling let us make sure that the electronic template is not only written in one programming language as we know a lot of Filipinos are very good with computers. There should be not only a duplicate template in another programming language but also stored securely and not advertised but accessible to the President of the Philippines.

      • observer1356

        I believe in the youth of today.

        Just like maylah1969 suggested, yours would, probably, also add substance to the same idea.

        Accessibility to the appropriate people – Yes… And perhaps, also viewable by all citizens in the same locality? That would be nice.

        It would be nice, but, if you’d make it a reality, just a word of caution though – be cautious with what information to be made public as opposed to those information that may jeopardize the people’s interests.

        Otherwise, your idea, as well as those of others who commonly share the same, I believe, would be great to explore and would come a long way to see a better Philippines in the future…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • Cal_Reznick

    I hope this DILG. Sec is getting support from the President because it seems that the last DILG. Sec did not. There’s a lot of problems in the country and the DILG. Sec needs all the help he can get.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Say goodbye to the policy of devolution for LGUs if this proposal passes.
    It means that LGUs will have to brown-nose to the gods in the palace to have their budgets approved.  
    Political strategy: Control the LGUs by withholding their budgets.

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