KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Aug 17 (PIA) -- Thirteen day care centers in nearby Tampakan town have recently been rehabilitated courtesy of the Department of Agrarian Reform Provincial Office in South Cotabato.Nestor Villanueva, provincial agrarian reform officer 1 and CARPO for Support Services Lorna Garde and Tampakan Mayor Leonardo Escobillo led the turn over ceremony of the early childhood care facilities to the officials of the ten beneficiary barangays on Tuesday, August 16.
The day care centers, which were refurbished through the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) program are located in the following barangays: Albagan, Buto, Danlag, Kipalbig, Lambayong, Maltana, Palo, Pulabato, San Isidro, and Tablu.
In his message, Villanueva lauded the local government unit for “successfully implementing the project and completing the rehabilitation of the daycare centers as expected from an awardee of the Seal of Good Housekeeping.”
He explained that originally the BuB funding was intended for only one daycare project amounting to Php1,046,500 but LGU-Tampakan was able to stretch the funding to cover rehabilitation of 13 centers in 10 barangays.
“DAR, as funding agency for the project, is very happy to be a part of the childrens’ Munting Pangarap which is the beginning in forming the children’s dream to become what they envision to be in the future,” Villanueva added.
On his part, Mayor Escobillo thanked DAR for supporting the project and the barangay officials for their cooperation.
“Let us take care of the facilities provided for our children so that they may enjoy going to school and learn new things,” the local chief executive reminded his village officials.
The Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB), now called the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) Project was formerly adopted through DBM-DILG-DSWD-NAPC Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1, dated March 8, 2012, as a strategy in pursuing the Millennium Development Goal of reducing poverty as well as the government’s goals of inclusive growth and poverty reduction.
The GPB/BuB is also intended to make planning and budgeting processes of both local and national governments more participatory through the genuine involvement of grassroots organizations and communities, and to strengthen the convergence of delivery of national services to the community. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from KDSespeñe-DAR-SoCot)