The Department of Tourism (DOT-6) continues to boost tourism in the grassroots level with the help of Bottom-Up Budgeting Process (BUB).
BUB aims to directly address development needs of the communities through direct participation in the budgeting process by means of an equal participation of civil society organizations (CSOs) and the local government units (LGUs) during the identification of priority projects.
The process also gives emphasis on citizen participation, transportation, transparency and a meaningful devolution of national budget.
Lawyer Helen J. Catalbas, regional director of DOT-6, said that through the active participation of LGU BUB recipients, 11 priority development projects amounting to P12,035,000.00, were already completed.
The projects include the Skills Training and Production of Promotional Materials (P470,000) and Improvement of Tigayon Hill (P1,955,000) in Kalibo, Aklan; Skills Training and Production of Promotional Materials (P13,000) and Construction of Makato Tourist Convenience and Pasalubong Center (P1,900,000) in Makato Aklan; Improvement of Sira-an Hotspring and Health Resort (P5,570,000) in Anini-y, Antique; Frontline Skills Training and Production of Promotional Materials (P130,000) in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental; Tourism Capability Training of Tourist Guides (85,000) in Pulupandan, Negros Occidental; Construction of Wellness Center in Barangay Poblacion (450,000), Road Signages in Barangay Poblacion, Tabao and Rizal (P500,000) and Improvement of ATOP Center in Barangay Poblacion (P500,000) in San Enrique, Negros Occidental; and Construction of Covered Footwalk (P345,000) in Dao, Capiz.
As of October 2015, DOT -6 has a total of 32 approved projects for 23 LGUs and 16 projects for 11 LGUs for 2014 and 2015, respectively.
DOT has an allocated budget of P41,295,500.00 intended for infrastructure, livelihood, skills training and production of promotional materials, as well as product development projects all over Western Visayas.
The projects have already reached 29 LGUs and continue to provide opportunities to the local communities as the primary beneficiaries.
“With the increasing number of tourist arrivals in the region, these priority development projects will further improve capability of our tourism frontliners, empower the LGUs, as well as capacitate the local communities that work in the tourism industry,”Catalbas said. IMT