City CSOs elect Senior Citizen Fed. President as LPRAT Co Chair

Organized by the Department of Interior and Local Government, nearly 50 representatives from various Civil Society Organizations in the city convened last February 06, 2014 at Cocina de Cabral, Catbalogan City for the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP).

The GPBP was the new process replacing the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) aimed at directly involving key stakeholders to a participatory planning of programs for a holistic development. Furthermore, it is aimed to ensure the inclusion of the funding requirements for the development needs as they are identified at the local level in the budget proposals
of participating agencies.

Ms. Myra Tambor, National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Basic Sector Unit – Women Council Sector Representative for Visayas discussed on the rationale of the new process. Ms. Tambor who was currently the Co-Chair

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for the LPRAT Catbalogan City stressed the importance of the participation of the CSOs in ensuring a meaningful participation towards inclusion of respective agenda and advocacies.

While City Local Government Operations Officer Mr. Jose Obrero facilitated the whole activity, City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Arnaldo Aroza discussed the current situation of the city in terms of statistics and reports.

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan despite her tight schedule, attended the said assembly as an observer. Mayor Step highlighted the importance of the opportunity to voice out concerns and create plans for specific interventions from the grassroots. “Kami nga mga opisyales, igo la an pamiling hin mga pamaagi. Kun deri man ngatanan nga problema an masulbar, unta matagaan hin pamaagi. Unta deri makarag an mga plano ngan deri makarag an pundo” she said.

At the end of the whole day activity, twelve (12) new representatives were elected coming from the following sectors: Women, Senior Citizens, Fisherfolks, Farmers, Youth, Ambulant Vendors, Urban Poor, NGOs, Radio Groups, Media and 4Ps Parent Leader who was an automatic member of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT).

Among the twelve representatives, Ms. Herminia Cabral representing the City Federation of Senior Citizens Association was elected as the Co-Chair for the LPRAT along with two (2) other signatories, namely Ms. Myra M. Tambor representing the women sector and Mr. Rommel L. Rutor representing the media sector.

The LPRAT is set to convene within the month to plan for the specific plans, programs and activities concerning all respective sectors as interventions at the grassroots level.

(Article and photos by Ador L. Hurtado, Office of the City Mayor)


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