DAGUPAN CITY –Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and Department of Interior and Local Government Provincial Director Reggie Colisao and City Director Rhoderick M. Dawis unveiled last June 17 a tarpaulin listing down Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) projects in Dagupan in front of the city hall for the public to to see.
Joining them were Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President and City Councilor Marcelino Fernandez, City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Officer-In-Charge Leah T. Aquino, City Agriculture Officer Emma J. Molina and members of the different faith-based organizations.
The BUB program is the initiative of President Benigno S. Aquino III of laying down the foundation for a more transparent, accountable and participative governance. It engages local communities, civil society organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders to work with city and municipal governments in proposing projects to be included in the National Budget.
For 2015, the national government has allocated P21 billion under the BUB for the more than 14,300 locally identified projects in 1,590 cities and municipalities.
Dagupan has received around P29.5 million funds under the BUB for various projects and programs from 2014 to 2015. Among these were the One Town One Product: Bangus branding; culture of high value fish species in the city’s river system particularly in the barangays of Carael, Pantal, Pugaro, Calmay, Bonuan Gueset and Lomboy; aquasilviculture in barangay Bolosan, Mamalingling, and Tambac; floating oyster raft technology in Salapingao.
Backyard swine raising in Lucao and Bonuan Binloc; provision of five units of shallow tube well for high value crop production in barangay Mangin, Tebeng, Lucao, Salisay and Malued; organic vegetable production in community gardens in Tebeng, Salisay, Lucao, Pogo Grande and Bonuan Boquig.
Tech-Voc training, community based training capacity building and spiritual enhancement program; innovative programs to promote access to education; core shelter assistance program for 30 households in Bonuan Binloc; and acquisition of motorized fishing boats and fishing gears for small fisherfolks in barangay Pugaro, Salapingao, Bonuan Gueset and Bonuan Binloc.
For 2015, the BUB funded projects in the city are the construction of an evacuation center in barangay Salapingao; core local roads project in barangay Herrero-Perez, Calmay and Tambac; and skills training with purchase of tools and equipment for Project B.E.L.E.N.
The city’s counterpart in all these projects totaled P9,500,400. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)