The MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC) conducted the Pre-Budget Consultation Forum on February 4 through Zoom video conference. The forum was participated in by 196 representatives from various agency regional offices (AROs), government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), local government units (LGUs), and private sector representatives (PSRs).
The forum was undertaken to discuss the guidelines and requirements in the preparation of FY 2023 budget proposals of AROs, SUCs, and GOCCs as well as to orient the participants on the salient features of the National Budget Memorandum No. 142 or the National Budget Call for FY 2023.
In his opening remarks, RDC Vice-Chairperson Agustin C. Mendoza who is also Regional Director (RD) of the NEDA Regional Office (NRO) in NEDA MIMAROPA said that the release of National Budget Memorandum No. 142 by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) signals the beginning of the budget season. He added that the budget season will be exhausting or tiring for the agencies given the challenges brought by typhoon Odette and the COVID-19 pandemic. He also stressed that the significant increase in internal revenue allotment (IRA) this year will change the operations of the LGUs because they are expected to implement functions devolved to their units under the Local Government Code; utilize their funds effectively; and coordinate with the national government for critical programs, activities and projects (PAPs) that can be funded using their increased IRA.
DBM MIMAROPA RD Ricky L. Sanchez presented the salient features of the National Budget Call for FY 2023 to guide the participants in preparing their FY 2023 budget proposals. He informed that the formulated FY 2023 proposals shall ensure that only implementation-ready agency proposals are included and should take into consideration the continuing impact of the pandemic and the Mandanas-Garcia ruling. Moreover, with the increased resources available to LGUs, NGAs should refrain from duplicating the direct delivery of devolved functions and services with the LGUs and rather focus on capacitating and monitoring the LGUs and shift to addressing emerging national program concerns consistent with the strategies outlined in their respective DBM-approved Devolution Transition Plans (DTPs), once available.
Mr. Ruther John B. Col-long of NRO MIMAROPA presented the overview, rationale, and objectives of the forum. On the other hand, ARD Bernardino A. Atienza, Jr. presented the highlights of the MIMAROPA FY 2023 Annual Investment Program as basis in the identification of the priority programs and projects that will be included in the FY 2023 agency budget proposals.
Ms. Jobelle M. Cruzado of NRO MIMAROPA, meanwhile, presented the mechanics of the RDC budget review and consultation including the budget calendar of activities and the detailed steps in accomplishing the RDC Budget Forms.
The FY 2023 ongoing and proposed PAPs of AROs and SUCs shall be presented during the first quarter RDC sectoral committee meetings on February 22-23 before it will endorsed by the RDC.