The Aquino administration through the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster (HDPRC) and the Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Cluster (GGAC) launched the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) exercise in 2012.
The strategy hopes to empower civil society organizations and citizen’s groups to engage local government and national government agencies and make them more responsive to the people’s needs. For the FY2013 round, the HDPRC identifies 609 municipalities/cities for the initial phase of BuB of which 595 responded and submitted Local Poverty Reduction Action Plans (LPRAPs). For the FY2014 round, the exercise was expanded to cover 1,233 municipalities/cities. For FY2015 round, GPB was extended to all municipalities/cities across the country.
The Empowerment of the Poor Program (EPP) developed by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) in cooperation with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) complemented the BuB initiative by strengthening civil society organizations (CSO) capacity to engage with the local government units for BuB.
Read the Bottom-up Budgeting briefer here.