Dulag, Leyte Business News – The Department of Trade and Industry Leyte Provincial Office recently released the funds for the 2014 Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Projects of Dulag, Leyte in a ceremonial turn-over held at the Conference Room of the town’s Municipal Building last 17 September 2015.
Mayor Manuel Sia Que of Dulag, Leyte received the Nine Hundred Eighteen Thousand Pesos (Php918,000.00) GPB funds from DTI Leyte Provincial Director Desiderio P. Belas, Jr. with the presence of LGU key officials Bernardita P. Lacbayo GPB Coordinator, Jusefa S. Cinco, Licensing Officer, Rachel L. Advincula of the Municipal Treasurer’s Office and Gloria C. Oracion of the Municipal Accounting Office, together with representatives from Civil Society Organization beneficiaries.
In his Opening Statement, DTI Leyte Provincial Director Ed Belas explained the GPB process in which the priority projects are identified and approved by the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team composed of the Local Chief Executive/ Mayor as Chairman and the LGU officials, NGA representatives, and officers of Civil Society Organizations as members. Identified priority projects are then endorsed to the Sangguniang Bayan for local counterpart budget and corresponding resolution after which it is endorsed to Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) headed by DILG, DBM, DSWD and National Anti-Poverty Commission, for evaluation and final approval.
Provincial Director Belas also emphasized that the fund should be used for the five livelihood projects of the municipality namely: Labeling and Packaging of Native Delicacies, Native Delicacies Making, Coco Coir, Candle Making and One-Town-One-Product (OTOP) Peanut Processing, and should be properly liquidated thru the submission of liquidation documents and the issuance of a Fund Utilization Report duly signed by the Municipal Mayor, Municipal Accountant and the local COA.
In his acceptance speech, Mayor Sia Que thanked DTI Leyte and enjoined the recipient livelihood beneficiaries to make the best use of the GPB fund in order to have a sustainable and additional source of income, thereby achieving the GPB purpose which is poverty reduction and inclusive growth.
From DTI Leyte