Inclusive citizen participation in budget monitoring pushed

Stakeholders from various organizations, including persons with disabilities, chime in during the consultation meeting. Photo: Handicap International

Stakeholders from various organizations, including persons with disabilities, chime in during the consultation meeting. Photo: Handicap International

QUEZON CITY – Vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities, should be able to participate in the monitoring of the national and local budget process by this year.

This was the recurring theme during the joint consultation meeting initiated by Handicap International – Philippines, AKAP Pinoy and Social Watch Philippines last February 5, 2015 that aimed to finalize the proposal on having an inclusive citizen participation in budget monitoring from the national level to its local counterparts.

Attended by officials and representatives from National Council on Disability Affairs, Department of Budget and Management, Education Network, Philippine Community-Based Disability Inclusive Development Network, and Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates, the meeting fleshed out the recommended log frame and had become a platform to clarify the roles of various stakeholders in the proposed project.

Subsequently, the co-applicants incorporated the various inputs from the stakeholders and have agreed to continuously coordinate in order to strengthen the proposal.

“For the past decades, there has been a wide gap in citizen participation in local and national budget processes. Thus, it is a great need to improve access of most marginalized groups, including persons with disabilities, to basic services through inclusive citizen participation and advocacy in planning and budget monitoring processes.“, says HI Inclusion Advisor Edward Ello.

Initiated by Handicap International – Philippines in partnership with AKAP Pinoy and Social Watch Philippines, the proposal collectively aims to empower vulnerable groups through inclusive local planning, budget initiatives and having better access to social services. (For an overview of the presentation during the workshop, click here and here.)

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