Zamboanga City–As members of the Zamboanga City Poverty Reduction Action Council, members of different Civil Society Organizations came together for the monitoring of the Bottoms-Up-Budgeting projects that are implemented/ implementing by the respective government agencies.
Last Week, August 7, CSO/NGO members from ZABIDA, PAKAZA, Philippine Council of Sama-Badjao, and 4Ps along with the City DILG, City Planning office, Office of the City Agriculture, visited the sites in Barangay Talabaan and Pasobolong, both are Construction/Rehabilitation of the 400m Irrigation projects.
The irrigation project in Barangay Talabaan has already received the 30% local government unit’s counterpart and is on-going, which started the construction at the side of the rice fields.
While in Barangay Pasobolong, it is not yet clear as to where the BUB project site is and whether the project has already started or not. According to the OCA representative, he will check with the office for clarifications.
These BUB projects are implemented by the Department of Agriculture, with the OCA as the overseer. More 2013 and 2014 BUB projects are still lined up for monitoring by the LPRAP (Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan) council to check whether the projects were implemented by the corresponding government agencies.