DILG Zambales led by Provincial Director Armi V. Bactad awarded the 2nd tranche of DILG Locally-Funded Projects for Bottom Up Budgeting (BuB) 2015 of Sta. Cruz, Zambales worth Php 762,900.00 on April 27, 2016 at the DILG Provincial Office. It was received by MPDO Engr. Jojo Meridor witnessed by Diana Ocampo from the Municipal Treasurer's Office, 4Ps Parent Leader and LPRAP signatory Jane Nilo and OIC-MLGOO Reden Morris M. Vergara.

The check constituting the last tranche amounting to P3,814,500.00 is intended for the two identified BuB projects funded by the DILG namely, the Rehabilitation of the Sea Wall along Public Market and the Construction of Drainage System along N. Ela and N. Mose Street located at Poblacion South, Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Said projects are expected to be completed on the second quarter 2016.

LGU-Sta. Cruz is one of the pilot municipalities targeted by the DILG for the implementation of BuB in 2014. As of this date, Php 42,500,000.00 was already allocated to the municipality to finance different projects proposed by the different CSOs in the locality.

BuB is a program of the current administration that aims to alleviate poverty in the country and strengthen collaborative governance with the private sector as part of the "Daang-Matuwid". Before, planning was solely lodged at the National Government but because of the said program, the people of the community was given a voice in identifying programs and projects that will truly answer their needs.