MANILA — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will work closely together with various religious groups in monitoring project implementation by the local government units (LGUs) that use taxpayers’ money.
In 2015, the national government has allocated more than P20.3 billion anti-poverty projects.
According to DILG, the religious groups will work together with members of civil society organizations in monitoring the projects under the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP). This partnership aims to build accountability and transparency.
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, during his visit to Malaybalay in Bukidnon, the department will draft a memorandum of agreement for this partnership.
“We are calling for stakeholders’ support as well as vigilance to ensure that the projects are implemented accordingly,” said Roxas during the launch of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program.
Roxas shared that some projects of the LGUs will include potable water supply in remote areas in the provinces.
The P20-billion budget was generated from several departments of the government, which include DILG (P2.476 billion), Department of Agriculture (P9.286 billion), Department of Social Welfare and Development (P2.638 billion), Department of Education (P1.449 billion), and Department of Health (P1.355 billion).