ZABIDA Executive Director and BUB Co-Chairperson Ms. Esperancita Hupida raised her concern on whether the City is still allotting enough funds for Poverty Reduction initiatives and projects for the year of 2017.
ZABIDA as part of its good governance program, gets involved in the Bottom-Up Budgeting strategy of the National Government for government transparency, accountability and participation. In Zamboanga City, the Zamboanga City Poverty Reduction Action Team (ZCPRAT) being the principal body govern the BUB process in which ZABIDA’s Executive Director, Ms. Esperancita Hupida, is the Co-Chairperson.
On March 2, 2017, the Local Government conducted a City Development Meeting. ZABIDA Executive Director and BUB Co-Chairperson, Ms. Esperancita Hupida together with ROOF President and ZABIDA Board of Director, Dr. Grace Rebollos showed their participation in the meeting at Centro Latino, Paseo del Mar. Development projects for the year 2017 were presented to the BLGUs and members of the civic society as well as the alotted budget for each development projects particularly with regards to the City Water System, Electricity and Infrastructures. Ms. Hupida, on behalf of the Civic Society, present NGOs, and the Bottom Up Budgeting council, raised said concern.
The present City Council and BLGU officers did not provide any concrete answer, however, Ms. Hupida’s concern, challenged the City Council to take action. (Deorenzie Frances Carreon/ZABIDA)