Grassroots Participatory Budgeting

Grassroots Participatory Budgeting

Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (formerly called Bottom-up Budgeting) is an approach to formulating the budget proposal of agencies taking into consideration the development needs of poor cities/municipalities as identified in their respective local poverty reduction action plans that shall be formulated with strong participation of basic sectors and civil society organizations. This was introduced in March 2012 for the 2013 budget through Joint Memorandum Circular 1 of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).

JMC No. 1 series of 2012 – Policy Guidelines and Procedures in the implementation of  Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) for the FY 2013 budget preparation

JMC No. 2 series of 2012 –Guidelines for the implementation and monitoring of Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) projects in FY 2013

JMC No. 3 series of 2012  – Policy Guidelines and Procedures in the implementation of  Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) for the FY 2014 budget preparation

JMC No. 4 series of  2013 – Policy Guidelines and Procedures in the implementation of  Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (formerly called Bottom-up Budgeting) for the FY 2015 budget preparation

BUB 383

The BUB 383 initiative gathers CSOs and CSO networks committed to engage and enhance the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting process (GPB), then called Bottom-up Budgeting process or “BUB” in more than 383 cities and municipalities.

The Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) and other CSO networks believes that the GPB is an important governance reform as it combines elements of people participation in governance, localization, poverty reduction and the effective use of government budgets.  From October to November 2013, a listing of cities, municipalities and CSOs engaged in the 1st and 2nd GPB process and willing to engage in succeeding GPB activities was created.  The initial list reached 383 municipalities, and this was presented in the General Assembly (GA) of CODE-NGO along with the Statement of Commitment of CSOs engaged in GPB.  Among those present in the GA were officials from DBM, DILG, and NAPC.

To date, the reach of BUB 383 expands to 453 cities and municipalities in 52 provinces in 16 regions including NCR.  It taps the CSO networks and key point persons at the municipal, provincial, and regional levels for coordination and communication of related GPB activities, new guidelines and policies, feedback and information on the GPB projects, processes and various concerns.

The BUB 383 engages government at the national and local levels as part of its commitment in improving GPB. While the GPB process, systems and structures are not yet perfect, CSOs commit to help the national and local governments in improving the clarity, quality and effectiveness of these towards the goals we all share – good governance, social justice and people’s well-being.  We also join the call of support of CSOs and urge that the GPB be institutionalized and sustained through legislation, executive/department orders and strong government inter-agency and government-CSO structures and mechanisms.

Bottom-up budgeting: Moving up, but long way to go [Published April 5, 2013]

CODE-NGO Executive Director Sixto Donato Macasaet explains the gains and difficulties of the second run of the Bottom-Up Planning and Budgeting (BUB). BUB was first implemented in March 2012, for the 2013 national budget. He discusses the need for BUB participants, both from the government and non-government, to internalize the values and principles of the BUB.

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Bottom-up-budgeting: Experience at the grassroots? [Published July 25, 2013]

Ted Aldwin E. Ong, the acting chairperson of the Iloilo Caucus of Development NGO’s (Iloilo CODE-NGOs) and the vice-chairperson of the Western Visayas Network of Social Development NGO’s (WevNET) shares the impact of CSO participation in the Bottom-up Planning and Budgeting (BuB) in Western Visayas. He explains how a strong CSO sector enhance citizen participation in local governance.

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Bottom-up budgeting needs work  [Published June 6, 2013]

Rappler reports on the challenges of the Bottom-up budgeting particularly on ensuring participation of civil society organizations in the submission and replacement of projects submitted to the regional poverty reduction action team (RPRAT). The article features an interview with Ian Mosquisa of the Eastern Visayas Network of NGOs and POs (EVNet).

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DILG allocates P367M for antipoverty projects in Albay [Published May 27, 2014]

For the province of Laguna, Php 367M has been allocated for anti-poverty porjects in the province of Albay through the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process.  The said amount covers 207 projects in 18 local government units (LGU).

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Gov’t budgeting scheme gives decision-making power to ordinary folks [Published July 17, 2014]

Department of the Social Work and Development (DSWD) describes some of the projects implemented by the agency through the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) Process.  In 2013, DSWD received P938.6 million for the implementation of 798 projects, 381 of which have been completed and the rest are on-going. For 2014, the budget for the department is approximately P3 billion for the implementation of 3,422 projects.

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Presentation of Bottom-up Budgeting for 2014 Budget Preparation

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Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Project List 2015

The link contains the submitted GPB projects for the 2015 budget from the Department of Budget and Management.

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