P20-B marked for anti-poverty programs set by mayors in poorest towns



MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III is funneling  P20 billion into projects to be identified by mayors belonging to the country’s most indigent provinces as part of this administration’s bid to fast-track the escape of poor families from poverty.

This is just a few billion pesos short of the P24.1-billion priority development assistance funds (PDAF) or pork barrel given to representatives (P20.1 billion) and senators (P4.1 billion) in 2012.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad Jr. said that the President has instructed state social welfare bodies to re-channel part of their funds to the government’s new anti-poverty program dubbed the Bottoms-Up-Budget (BUB) starting in 2014.

“The projects to be funded are poverty reduction projects such as pre-schools, health centers, water supply, reforestation, and flood mitigation. The big difference (from other anti-poverty programs) will be the process: instead of projects being dictated from the top, this time around, they will be decided from the ground, by local government units working closely with their communities. So there will be no duplication,” said Abad in a text message.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, the head of the Bicol regional development council, which was among the provinces to immediately prepare for the  BUB project, said that only provinces granted with a “seal of good housekeeping” would be given access to the funds with their allocations dependent on their anti-poverty targets. Salceda said the funding program would be mapped out by a local poverty reduction action team, which would be composed mostly of civil society organizations and would be chaired by Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

Salceda said the BUB would give incentives to local government units to mobilize their grass-roots knowledge and resources to come up with the best solution to eradicating poverty in their community.

In his budget message to Congress in 2012, President Aquino bared the pilot testing program for the BUB where 609 of the poorest communities in the country were asked to submit their local poverty reduction action plans for approval.

Salceda said that the BUB would be the fourth piece of Aquino administration’s quartet of anti-poverty programs meant to “lighten the common people’s daily subsistence in the short-term context and mop out poverty in its long-term.” The first three are the K+12 educational concept of the Department of Education (P150 billion budget); the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (P 72 billion); the Kalusugang Pangkalahatan with the Department of Health  and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation P105 billion.

Salceda noted that these programs would reduce the out-of-pocket costs of families in education, food, and health to help them maximize their meager income and savings. “For example, whereas before, 80 percent of kids whose mothers did not finish elementary education also did not finish the same, now with K+12 together with these three other programs, families need not wait to exit poverty in order to finish basic education, especially in an economy where it takes families 34 years to exit poverty,” Salceda said.  “The real strategic and structural benefits will be reaped by the next administration since the impacts are largely long-term and inter-generational.”

The DSWD budget’s budget has been increased by 15 percent to P56.8 billion this year with the bulk or P44.3 billion, earmarked for 3.8 million indigent households under the 4-Ps program, 68 percent more than the 2.3 million households targeted in 2012.

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  • Rey L. Esguerra

    fearless forecast. there will be a similar program like this in 10 years time although the amount would be doubled.

    • popeyee

      No, i’m sure there will be another in three years, in time with the 2016 election.

  • bogli_anakdami

    yehey… marami na naming mananakaws ang mga flip gung gong meyors…
    since, flip gung gongs do not pro/persecute magnanakaw, kaya diretso lang ang nakawan…

  • http://z6.invisionfree.com/flipzi Flipzi

    Maganda ang layunin. Sana lang hindi manakaw ng mga pulitiko o magamit sa eleksiyon.

  • http://z6.invisionfree.com/flipzi Flipzi

    sa mga LGUs na naghahanap sagot kung paanu maayos ang poverty ay baka makatulong ito. paki Google na lang po ang SOLVING POVERTY IN THE PHILIPPINES FLIPZI


    20B? SUS, kayang-kayang tapatan yan ng RCCh! O, ngayon, dapat NAKIKISAWSAW ang mga TNL na CBCP sa pag-sampa ng mga dalita sa kahirapan sa buong kapuluan. Sige, tingnan natin ang galing ng mga TNL na yan sa SOCIAL ISSUES, HUMAN RIGHTS at god-given FREEDOM. Pagmasdan ng buong bayan kung gaano ka-seryoso ang mga naturingang “pinuno” ng iglesia ng RCCh sa pagtulong sa kanilang kapwa na naghihikahos sa pamamagitan ng paglagay ng kayamanan at mga sermon nila sa pangangailangan ng mga TUMULONG sa kanilang mapundar at mapalaki ang RCCh……o, hanggang sa kodakan at satsatan lamang ang kadalubhasaan nila? Palma, Argueless, Pueblos, Quevedo, et alii….take the cudgels up for thy sociis and neigbor .

  • http://www.facebook.com/simoun.magaalahas.10 Simoun Magaalahas

    Nakupo kawawa nanaman si Juan,marami nanaman Baon si Mayor para sa kampanya or bago matapos ang termino niya may pabaon package pa siya galing sa Abnoy Administration….

  • go88

    Queen Abnoy’s found a legal way way to buy votes …. everything is possible during election time ….


    Si Penoy ginamit ang pera ng taong bayan pambili ng boto. Mandaraya si Aquino. Maahon na raw ang mga pobre dahil sa Limos ni Panot.

    Trabaho ang kailangan hindi yang Limos para bomoto sa “Team Patay” at “Team Abnoy”. Nililimusan lang ni Abnoy ang mga pobre. Insulto sa kakayahan ng mahihirap.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

      Pantawid gutom ng mahirap galing sa pera ng bayan para malakas sila sa oras ng botohan.Parang pambili ng boto pera din ng mga tao ang gagamitin. Pulitiko talaga.

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  • CommonSens6

    20 billion pesos can buy a lot of votes and loyalty. And to top it all…it’s not even coming out of Pnoy’s or his goons pockets!

    Only in the Philippines!


    Every act of Aquino clearly demonstrate how worhtles he looks at poor Filipinos. Aquino always think that ALMS is enough for them. Even babies of the poor are worthless, good only to be poisoned by RH pills.

    What can be expected from a boy who grew up as Haciendero that enslave poor peasants, allotting them nothing but ALMS.

    The pres. is a rich pervert since the day she was born.

  • axe musk

    Matutuwa na ang mga walang hiyang mga mayor at mga pulitiko sa mga municipyo…. lalo na dadami negosyo ng mayor kc laki ng kukumisyunin nya kesa sa gagamitin sa proyekto…. kaya ang mga pulitiko nagpapatayan pag panahon ng election dahil sa ganitong mga programa…… di katakataka na milyones ginagasta ng mga pulitiko kasi mababawi rin pla nila ang gnasta at sobra sobra ng hanggang sampung beses…… Karmahin sana ang buong angkan ng mga pulitikong nagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan….

  • Akoaykanoy

    Gov. Salceda I know you are particular of the town of MATNOG in Sorsogon there is an abandoned mountain land stretching from the barrio named trece (kilometer 13) up to the town proper of Matnog of almost 40 kilometers why not plant it with mahogany and narra and in 12 years it will become a virgin forest and it is the source of water of the Pange River which is almost dried up

    • Akoaykanoy

      If you do the Matnog reforestation at the same time you are giving jobs to the people of Matnog, Irosin, Sta. Magdalena and Bulan towns.

      • Akoaykanoy

        If you could remember about 3 years ago I give you a commendation as the best Bicol governor bicolandia has ever had. If you do the reforestation in Matnog my thanks in advance and the people will remember you the rest of their lives up to the next generation to generation MABUHAY SI GOVERNOR SALCEDA

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Aba! pag ganyan e tiyak na panalo ng manok ni PNOY sa eleksyon. Pera din ng bayan ang gamit na pampalakas ng boto. Masaya na ang mga Mayor nyan dapat sa red cross ibigay ang pera para maidistribute ng tama. Kung sa mga mayor baka 2% lang ang mapabigay sa mamamayan o kaya ibigay sa mga state University parasa education ng mga deserving student. Pag sa mga mayor ibinigay parang pambili ng boto yan.

  • Vin

    Let’s wait and see. Seems like a god plan…

  • disqusted0fu

    You can’t release this kind of budget for projects without passing the FOI bill. This anti poverty project might end up being a pro poverty one once the government officials, especially the allies of the Aquino administration corrupts it. Look at the PCSO board of directors of Pnoy who were audited by COA misusing the PCSO funds in 2011. Nothing happened to them, they are still PCSO board of directors.

  • JasonBieber

    Is this another premature false promise from PNoy that he won’t follow through on, especially when the elections are done???

    When the programs are done and the poor are finally being helped then maybe we can all believe it. The poor have really been ignored during the PNoy administration.

  • frudo

    sana hindi lang short term solution lang ang maiisip ng gobyerno, sana magkaroon tlga ng long term solution para sa kahirapan ng nakakaraming Pinoy

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