Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) funds amounting to P3.5 billion have been allocated to Region 3, with Zambales getting a P384M share of the budget for the implementation of its 325 identified BUB projects from 2015 to 2016. Of the total 325 projects, 150 are 2015 BUB Projects while 175 are 2016 BUB Projects.

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 Municipality of San Marcelino, Zambales inaugurated the Level III Water Supply System Project funded under the 2014 Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) Program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on April 19, 2016.

The Spanish Government through the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) with a project entitled "Strengthening the Capacities of Philippine Local Governments in Disaster Risk Reduction aims to strengthen the system of disaster risk reduction in the Philippines, focusing at the LGU and community level.

To be able to deepen meaningful devolution and empower communities through broader and meaningful citizen participation thru the Barangay Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB), the DILG Zambales conducted the BuB Civil Society Organizations' (CSO) Forum. The thirteen (13) municipalities of Zambales were divided into three (3) clusters.