Provincial Government of Bulacan

DBM to boost Bottom-up Budgeting in FY 2016, guides Central Luzon to growth and development

ONE DEVELOPMENTAL GOAL FOR CENTRAL LUZON. Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad discusses the Regional Development Council (RDC) III’s Bottom-Up Budget worth P2 billion for the realization of the 1,343 projects in Central Luzon during the 9th Full Council Meeting of the RDC III held yesterday at The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in the City of Malolos. Also in the photo (L-R) are Bulacan Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernando, RDC III Chairman and Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, Chair of Infrastructure Development Committee and Zambales Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane, and Chair of the Social Development Committee and Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda.

CITY OF MALOLOS – Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio Abad calls on the local government units (LGU) particularly in Central Luzon to continue to implement programs and projects that will reduce poverty and promote economic growth as he presented the P3.002-trillion national budget for 2016 during the 9th Full Council Meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC) III held yesterday at The Pavilion, Hiyas Convention Center in this city.

Sec Abad said that DBM allocates P2 billion Bottom-Up Budget (BuB) to the RDC III for the realization of the 1,343 projects that will lead Central Luzon to be a more economically developed region in the country.

“Central Luzon, National Capital Region and CALABARZON have a total production that constitutes 63% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). So, patuloy ang mga investments sa mga rehiyon na ito and they are truly the engine that drives the Philippine economy. Your region, Central Luzon is right where the growth area is,” Abad said.

Meanwhile, RDC III Chairman and Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado explained the P103.62 billion budget that the council requested to DBM which are divided into the 20 agencies from different sectors including health, tourism, infrastructure and agriculture that costs P96.40 billion while the remaining P7.22 billion is intended for the sector of education.

“Ang pinagsamang halaga nito ay tunay ngang mas mataas kaysa sa budget ng 2015 ngunit gayon pa man, ito po ay bunsod ng aming pagka-unawa sa pangangailangan ng rehiyon tulad sa sektor ng enerhiya at imprastraktura upang masustinihan ang pangitain ng kasalukuyang pangasiwaan para sa mas masaklaw na paglago o inclusive growth and development ng rehiyon,” the chairman said.

Prior to this, Alvarado together with the RDC III Sectoral Committee presented the 7 new approved resolutions including the Inclusive Partnerships for Agricultural Competitiveness of Central Luzon and Department of Agrarian Reform, the RDC III Policy on the Reduction Cost of Electricity, the “Visit the Philippines Year 2015” campaign for tourism and the Reactivation of the Task Force Project Balik McArthur.

He also announced the finished projects of the RDC III particularly in the infrastructure sector including the Widening of the Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo Road and Emergency Dredging Project Phase I and the Arterial Road By-pass Project Phase I in Bulacan.

“Bukod dito, naka-abang na rin ang katuparan ng Central Luzon Link Expressway sa Tarlac at Nueva Ecija at may bonus pa na proyekto tulad ng Balog-Balog Multi-Purpose Project Phase II, North-South Commuter Railway Project Phase I at ang Clark International Airport New Passenger Terminal Building Project,” Alvarado said.

Moreover, RDC III also conferred a plaque of appreciation to Alvarado for his active leadership in the council and for the strong collaboration of the Provincial Government of Bulacan towards the common development goal for Central Luzon.