VIGAN CITY, May 7 (PIA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) office in Region 1 together with civil society organizations (CSOs) and Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWADAs) had proposed a P4,104,797,250 budget for Fiscal Year 2013 to cover the programs for the needy and vulnerable sectors in Ilocos – Pangasinan provinces.
The proposal had been approved following the signing recently of the Budget Partnership Agreement (BPA) by the DSWD, SWADA and the CSOs in Ilocos region.
The budget proposal was realized following the budget consultation spearheaded by the DSWD to further promote transparency and more responsive budgeting.
DSWD Region 1 Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo told the budget consultation dialogue strengthened partnership with CSOs and to thresh out issues on program implementation, and identified activities that respond to contemporary social issues faced by the various sectors in the region.
“Activities that could be participated in by the CSOs and SWADAs were also incorporated since they are already functioning with assigned roles as ‘Gabay, Kaagapay, Tulay at Bantay’ of DSWD’s program implementation,” Castillo explained.
“There were 13 CSOs which formally tied partnership on this budget preparation through the Budget Partnership Agreement,” he added.
To note, there were 18 CSOs, 8 sectoral groups and 2 NAPC-identified representatives involved in the said activity.
Castillo acknowledged the CSOs as potent partners in pushing their fight against corruption.
“This is a challenge on our partners to be vigilant, watchful and observant in program implementation and monitoring. This is also in pursuant to President Benigno S. Aquino administration’s thrust to promote the principles and practice of good governance,” he stressed.
He noted that an increased proposed budget was cited on the Sustainable Livelihood Program to benefit out-of-school youth who are members of the Pag-asa Youth Association (PYA); to accommodate needs of women in detention; for activities, advocacy and livelihood activities of persons with disabilities; sustain activities of senior citizens; for the Gender and Sensitivity Training, teambuilding /self building/Self Awareness for NGOs and ABSNET members; and mobilization and representation of CSOs in various activities.
“The recommendations were considered in the preparation of the final DSWD 2013 budget which was already submitted to Regional Development Council -1 and DSWD Central Office,” he concluded. (ANL/FGL-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)