LGU-GPB focal persons on project management training-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Monday, April 28, 2014
THE focal persons of the different local government units-grassroots participatory budget (LGU-GPB) in the region have undergone two-day training on project management conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
DTI Institutional Development Division head Grace Aduca said the two-day training, which was held Thursday until Friday, was aimed to enhance the skills of GPB focal persons in project management.
Aduca said the training seeks to retool the participants on the whole cycle of project management; enhance their skills in project proposal preparation; equip them with relevant knowledge on project implementation; and provide them with the tools on project monitoring.
Aduca said that the GPB, which is formerly called as the Bottom Up Budgeting (BuB), seeks to help the allocation of National Government resources to be more efficient and effective, and more responsive to the local needs.
The bottom line objective is poverty reduction and inclusive growth, Aduca said.
She said that the GPB focuses on strengthening the citizens’ demand for good governance even as it seeks to establish supportive policies and create mechanisms that enable citizens and grassroots organizations to increase their demand for improved local service delivery and a more accountable government, unlike other programs that tend to focus on the supply side of governance reforms.
She said that in the end, the GPB process is expected to lead to better targeting and more efficient service delivery, benefitting especially the poor households and marginalized sectors of society.
She said that under the GPB process, concerned LGUs conduct workshops to identify projects for possible funding under GPB.
She said they will prepare and submit project proposals to GPB participating agencies, which include the DTI after identifying the projects, she said.
“But as we evaluate the proposals submitted by the LGUs, we notice that most of the proposals submitted to us do not reflect the data or information that we look for. Sometimes these proposals are haphazardly done, perhaps just to beat the deadline. Thus, the difficulty we face in thoroughly evaluating said project proposals,” she said.
“Furthermore, we observe too that project implementation as well as monitoring are weak at the local level. Because of these, we felt that there is a need for the LGU-GPB focal persons to be retooled in project management, including project proposal preparation,” she added.
The DTI, being one of the participating agencies of GPB, saw the need to capacitate the GPB focal persons of LGUs to enable them to come up with well-packaged project proposals, and to assist them in project implementation and monitoring.