Deputy House Speaker Lorenzo Tañada III urged local government units in Negros Oriental to institutionalize people’s participation in the preparation of budget process, a Philippine Information Agency press release said.
As congressional representative, Tañada expressed support to the initiatives of Dauin, La Libertad and Sibulan in Negros Oriental for allowing non-government organizations and people’s organization to participate in the preparation of local budget deliberations.
This, he said, will help to ensure transparency measure and good governance of the municipality’s budgetary process.
Tañada is in Dumaguete City as guest speaker of the capacity building course on financing, localizing and monitoring the Millennium Development Goals through the Social Watch Philippines, the press release said.
Chief executives Neil Credo of Dauin, Lawrence Limkaichong of La Libertad, and Marcela Bartoces of Sibulan each issued executive orders for their town to formulate programs to achieve their critical poverty reduction goals in line with the MDG's goal to end extreme poverty by 2015.
He said NGOs and POs should participate in the budget process as well as monitor project implementation to have a remarkable impact in the prioritization of the funds.
Meanwhile, former national treasurer Leonor Magtolis-Briones, SWP lead convenor, also encouraged the LGUs and PO’s in the training to work together to mobilize actual implementation of the budget for the MDGs.
Through the support of the European Union, SWP has helped set up the MDG TWGs in the three towns and provided guidance in formulation the programs and budgets for the MDGs, the press release added.*
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