BAGUIO CITY – Officials of the city government and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESD) Baguio-Benguet provincial office to ensure the smooth implementation of some P4 million worth of bottoms up budgeting (BUB) projects that were downloaded to the agency.
The agreement was signed by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan representing the city government and Angela E. Gabriel, TESDA Baguio-Benguet provincial director, representing the government agency.
Under the aforesaid agreement, the TESDA shall provide assistance in the preparation and signing of the qualification map for BUB projects; conduct the pre-training process such as youth profiling for starring careers and training induction program; ensure that all trainees undergo the mandatory assessment after the end of the training program; pay the operating expenses such as honorarium of trainers, training allowance, training venue and training supplies and materials directly to the suppliers or providers and the assessment fees to the TESDA-accredited assessment centers through the TESDA provincial office, provided that all required supporting documents are compiled subject to government accounting and auditing rules and regulations and prepare and submit reports to all concerned agencies as secondary reports to all concerned agencies as reasonably required if necessary based on the implementing guidelines.
On the other hand, the city government shall designate a focal person for the BUB project, coordinate with the TESDA ion the preparation of the training plan to include the identification of training venues, trainers and schedules and activities; identify, recruit, screen and endorse qualified beneficiaries; conduct the skills training in accordance with the approved qualification map and any changes in the schedules shall be communicated to the TESDA; prepare and submit enrolment report within 30 calendar days after the start of the program while terminal reports shall be submitted within 15 calendar days after the end of the training period; motivate and nurture the trainees to maintain 100 percent completion of the training program; monitor the attendance and participation of trainees to qualify for completion of the program which is set at 80 percent; facilitate job placement and or provide job referrals to all graduates and conduct activity to mark the completion of every training program and report the same to TESDA.
Both parties are mandated to promote and advocate the skills training program; prepare and submit qualification map based on the approved project proposal bearing the signatures of the TESDA regional director, provincial director, city mayor, TESDA provincial office focal person, LGU focal person and training providers; collaborate and work together in the implementation of the program to achieve the desired results; ensure the institutionalization and sustainability of the agreed program puts and outcome through the development and implementation of a sustainability plan to include mechanisms for sharing of approaches and social marketing strategies to ensure wider reach among other agencies and partners as well as beneficiaries subject to availability of funds and institutionalize effective monitoring system and database to establish reliable status report of the graduates.
The BUB primarily empowers the grassroots organizations and the local governments concerned in identifying priority poverty reduction projects that will be funded by national agencies. BUB is an approach in preparing budget proposals of agencies, taking into consideration the development needs of cities and municipalities as identified in their respective local poverty reduction action plans that shall be formulated with strong participation of basic sector organizations and other civil society organizations.
The project is envisioned to ensure that the implementation of priority poverty reduction projects as identified at the city level through a participatory planning and budgeting process.
The project shall showcase of convergence of efforts of government agencies, local government units and civil society organizations.
By Dexter A. See