REPRESENTATIVES of the various sectors of the community in western Pangasinan will now have a more active role in monitoring the use of public funds following the introduction of a “participatory budget monitoring mechanism” as pursued by the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
About160 leaders representing farmers, fisherfolk, youth, women, elderly, public utility drivers, religious groups, professionals and other sectors in Alaminos City and the municipalities of Dasol, Burgos and Bani have partnered with their local officials to monitor the implementation of projects listed in the 2012 Annual Investment Plans (AIPs), particularly those related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The initiative, facilitated by development organization La Liga Policy Institute under the Empowerment of the Poor Program of the National Anti-Poverty Commission, was launched on the first week of August.
Participants to the program have began visiting and discussing with their respective local Planning and Development office, Budget office, Agriculture office, Health office, Engineering Office, and Accounting office, among others.
“This initiative gives form and substance to the spirit of participatory governance and people empowerment as espoused by the Aquino administration and especially by the dynamic promoter himself of empowerment at the grassroots level, the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo,” La Liga managing director Roland Cabigas said.
Robredo initiated the DILG Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) award-and-incentive system for LGUs exemplifying excellence in good governance, especially in the aspects of planning, fiscal management, transparency, accountability and performance management.
Cabigas said the chief executives of the four LGUs, namely: Alaminos Mayor Hernani Braganza, Bani Mayor Marcelo Navarro, Jr., Dasol Mayor Noel Nacar and Burgos Mayor Alberto Guiang, Jr. vowed to adopt the participatory local budget monitoring mechanism.
Specific MDG items regarded as prime concerns of the four LGUs are: local poverty, primary health care and maternal mortality, universal primary education and environmental sustainability.