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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

 

DBM broadens civil society engagement in 2013 budget preps

MANILA, Jan. 18 -- Consistent with the government’s agenda to promote transparent and participatory budget preparations, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) confirmed that six additional departments and three more agencies will conduct consultations with civil society organizations (CSOs) in crafting the 2013 national budget.

The departments and agencies tasked to undertake CSO consultations are the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources, the Interior and Local Government, Justice, Labor and Employment, Tourism, and Transportation and Communication. In addition, agencies identified are the Land Rail Transit, National Electrification Administration, and National Irrigation Administration.

“The Aquino government believes in creating ample space for citizen participation in governance so that the national budget can account for crucial, sector-focused needs. By gathering insights from CSOs and other people’s groups and involving them in the budget preparation process, the Administration will be better-positioned to ensure direct, immediate, and sustainable benefits for all Filipinos,” Abad said.

The addition of these offices raises the total number of departments and agencies with CSO engagements to 12 and six, respectively.

Last year, the DBM piloted six pioneer Departments for the creation of the 2012 General Appropriations Act: Education, Health, Social Welfare and Development, Public Works, and Agriculture and Agrarian Reform. Pioneer agencies were composed of the National Food Authority, National Housing Authority and National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation.

“Expanding the reach of our CSO engagement activities is part of the government’s commitment to the Open Government Partnership, of which the Philippines is an active member-country. In light of this, we’ve increased the number of departments and agencies tasked to engage in consultations with CSOs, both at the national and regional level,” Abad said.

He also encouraged other departments and agencies to open their doors to civic society groups in drafting their budget proposals, citing the success of CSO engagement activities in the preparation of the 2012 budget.

“This year’s budget is a product of consultations with CSOs, which proved to be very effective. It allowed the people—represented by civic groups—to air their concerns and suggestions on public expenditure and become active participants in the budget preparation process,” Abad said.(DBM)

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