SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA – The Province of Pampanga remains at the top spot in the implementation of the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) and other Locally Funded Projects (LFP) as it stays on track to complete all projects for FY 2014-2017. This is after the Local Government Units committed to speed up the completion and full liquidation of various projects during the Stakeholders Forum held on November 9, 2017.

 Latest status report presented by Provincial Engineer Khalid Sunggod showed Pampanga as one of the top-performing provinces in the region in the implementation and delivery of BuB and LGSF poverty-alleviating projects designed to further improve local communities' access to basic services.

Graced by DILG Pampanga Director Myrvi Apostol-Fabia and League of Municipalities of the Philippines Provincial Chapter President Mayor Mylyn Pineda Cayabyab, the activity highlighted the accomplishment of the provincial government and the mutual cooperation of the program's stakeholders.

It also provided an opportunity for concerned LGUs and agencies to discuss the challenges and issues encountered in the implementation of the projects as well as to identify derailed projects that need intervention.

Furthermore, strategies were identified that would aid in the prompt completion not only of the ongoing projects but also of succeeding programs under the Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM), and the incoming implementation of Assistance to Municipalities (AM) Program for 2018.
Projects included and funded by the ADM program are local access roads, potable water systems, evacuation facility, small water impounding projects and sanitation and health facilities.
To date, there are a total of 51 ADM projects in the province majority of which are already completed and ongoing.
Meanwhile, PF Fabia reminded LGUs to comply with all the requirements and completion reports of ADM projects to avoid delays and ensure the timely release of funds earmarked for future projects under the program.
The Stakeholders Forum was attended by local functionaries from the province's 19 municipalities and two cities, City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers, representatives from the provincial office, and focal persons from partner national government agencies (NGAs).