Vice-Mayor Non receiving the GPBP check from Director Olaguer, witnessed by the members of the Sangguniang Bayan. – Photo courtesy of LGU-MAMBULAO
By ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
THE local government of Mambulao has received a grant for P510,000 from the Department of Trade as its assistance towards LGU’s livelihood projects.
The check was received by Vice-Mayor Ariel M Non from DTI Provincial Director Cynthia Olaguer.
According to the Office of the Mayor, the amount was part of the GPBP (grassroot participatory budgeting process) scheme of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
The money will fund the LGU’s livelihood projects such as garments and handicraft making.
Recently, DBM said the LGU has qualified for the 2014 GPBP after it made a substantial implementation of its Public Financial Management (PFM) improvement plan.
The DBM certification would give the LGU easy access to funds for its various development projects.
Aside from the GPB, the LGU could also access funds under PAMANA, Salintubig and special local road funds under the policies of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
In 2012, the Mambulao LGU received the 2012 Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH).
Secretary Mar Roxas, in a letter to Mayor Ricarte Padilla, said seal was awarded to LGUs that successfully met the requirement of the full disclosure policy, have exemplary standard of frontline services and procurement and proven to have no adverse or disclaimer audit findings by the Commission of Audit (COA).
Under the GPB scheme, the LGU has accessed funding for its tilapiyahan project this year (P104,000) and for the pushcart livelihood project initiative (P200,000).