DSWD holds Consultations with Civil Society Organizations

A March 8, 2011 press release by the Department of Social Welfare and Development

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is conducting consultations with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for the preparation of DSWD’s 2012 budget proposal, according to Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

“The involvement of the private sector as well as other partner organizations in the budget process is a directive of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to help determine the relevance, efficiency, and effectiveness of government programs and curb corruption,” Secretary Soliman said.

Secretary Soliman added that open budgeting is now the trend in almost 100 countries in the world, where budget processes are being participated in by the CSOs, saying, “the consultations with the CSOs during the 2012 budget preparation will build ownership and consensus on the programs and projects that we will submit to Congress.”

The Aquino administration has earlier espoused the zero-based budgeting approach which requires the evaluation of programs and projects to assess, as well as prioritize the effective, best practice programs and weed out inefficient ones.

Secretary Soliman said that the approach is aimed to create fiscal headroom to fund programs or projects recommended by CSOs that are meritorious.

The DSWD’s engagement of the regional CSOs and other stakeholders started in February 2011.

The DSWD will hold a national consultation with CSOs on March 18, 2011.