The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 5 has recently released the amount of PhP 4, 224,530 as livelihood assistance under the Bottom-up Budgeting in the provinces of Masbate and Sorsogon.

Ms. Generosa Millete, Project Development Officer II and the acting Regional Project Coordinator of the livelihood unit have turned-over the check in the said provinces with the following breakdown:

For the province of Sorsogon, the following were benefited of the capital assistance:

Magallanes     –           PhP 650,000.00

Pilar                 –           PhP 605,000.00

Donsol             –           PhP 1,349,220.00

These will be invested in the conduct of various skills training like food processing and preservation, dress making, masonry, engine repair, carpentry, welding, etc.

Meanwhile Mayor Percival Castillo of Mobo, Masbate received the amount of 1.1 million from Ms. Millete. According to Mayor Castillo the amount will be used to fund various trainings like cut flower raising, bio-intensive gardening, nursery management and seed banking. About 206 qualified individuals from the women, senior citizens, youth sector and agrarian reform beneficiaries are the participants.

The town of Aroroy Masbate has likewise received a cash grant of Php 520,000.00 with 100 SEA-K beneficiaries. The group will venture on noodle production.

Botton-up Budgeting is an approach in preparing the budget proposal of agencies taking into consideration the development needs of the poor cities/municipalities as identified in  their respective local poverty reduction  action plans that shall be formulated with strong participation of basic sector and other civic society organizations.  # # # #eejerusalem