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Solon defends proposed 2015 budget

Western Samar Rep. and Liberal Party Secretary General Mel Senen Sarmiento defended the mechanisms put in place by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) under the P2.606 Trillion 2015 national budget.

“This claim that the GPBP (Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process) clone is baseless and a manifestation of sheer ignorance on this concept called bottom-up budgeting which now reverses the process in crafting our national budget so that the input of citizenry becomes the basis of our appropriations,” he said in a statement.

He branded the GPBP as a cure to some of the key issues raised by the Supreme Court in relation to the use of savings in funding unprogrammed government projects.

He explained that under this current bottom-up budgeting, grassroots communities are allowed to participate in the budget process and make the necessary inputs to ensure their needs are met.

“Under GPBP, various sectors in the grassroots level were able to take part in budgetary consultations made by the various local government units so that each city and mucipality can identify the needs of their constituents. On this basis, the national government designs the budget based on inputs from the grassroots,” he said.

“Gone are the days when the government simply puts up something even if this is not what the people want. This is definitely not a DAP clone. The GPBP, which also known as bottom-up budgeting, enables Congress and citizens to better scrutinize the government’s spending plan and can hold departments and agencies accountable for their performance,” he added.

Among the other pro-transparency mechanisms adopted by the DBM are Performance Informed Budgeting (PIB) which allows proper monitoring on the progress of all the listed projects; and Performance-Based Incentive System (PBIS), which seeks to enhance the government compensation and position classification system in order to incentivize performance in the civil service.