DAGUPAN CITY – Your future and that of your community and of this nation is now in your hands through the bottom-up-budgeting (BUB).
Thus said Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II when he addressed a Multi-Sectoral Assembly at the People’s Astrodome on April 10 that tackled the objectives of BUB.
BUB is an enabling strategy of the Aquino administration in realizing governance reforms.
It is guided by three principles: convergence, participation and empowerment. It aims to achieve community empowerment by encouraging citizens to take active roles in the community by articulating their needs to the government and determining what projects are responsive to their needs.
“Under the BUB, the selection of project starts from the bottom, which is according to the needs of the community. This is why we have BUBs for livelihood, for our fisherfolk, roads and drainage systems, among others,” Roxas said as he reminded that this is the principle of the program “Daang Matuwid” (Straight Path).
Roxas encouraged the people to move fast forward and not to get back on “madilim na nakaraan” (dark past) as a secret formula towards a better, peaceful and progressive future.
“Nasa inyong kamay ang inyong kapalaran at sa ganun maaari nating sabihin na nagka-empowerment na ang mga Filipino. Hawak ninyo ang magandang bukas na mararating natin,” Roxas said.
On the other hand, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez thanked Roxas for the numerous BUB projects of DILG in the city like the fishnets, fish-finders and motorboats for the city’s fisherfolk, livelihood training and assistance program on cookery, dressmaking and welding, the elevation of roads and construction of drainage system in the city.
“We are, indeed, grateful to Sec. Mar because of these BUB projects which resulted in the graduation of more than 700 beneficiaries last March 28. With their newly-acquired skills, the graduates can now be employed or put up their own businesses,” Fernandez said. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/April 10, 2015)