HINIGARAN, Neg.Occ. March 2 (PIA6) -- The town of Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, will be the pilot site of the United Nations Democracy Fund project called “Institutionalizing Marginalized Communities’ Participation in the Philippine Budget Process,” a press release from the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) said, recently.
The project aims to achieve increased participation of marginalized sectors in the local and national processes in eight target areas nationwide through capacity-building, policy advocacy, and social mobilization, Hazel Aghon, PRRM secretariat, said.
Aghon said that Hinigaran, a coastal town situated 54 kms away from Bacolod City, and the only area selected in the province.
The two-year model-building project, that started last month, seeks to train marginalized groups, especially small fishers and women, to address the lack of capacity to engage in the local budget process; enhance the awareness and knowledge on implementing democratic budgeting among local officials and lobbying for legislations to ensure transparency and accountability; and forge government-citizens/sectors partnership in public finance. *(PRRM/CD/JCM/PIA6)