Friday, March 2, 2012

'Budget ng Bayan' to be launched for budget transparency

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will be launching a website that will enable users to learn about the budget spending of the government.

DBM will soon launch "Budget ng Bayan", a website that will give relevant information on how the budget is crafted, the spending distributions, the governance philosophies behind government projects, the budget allotted for each region, and the President’s budget message.

DBM Chief Information Officer Richard Moya said the purpose of the website is to start a culture where Filipinos become critical of where their taxes go.

"The Government can only hire so much auditors, but if everyone is an auditor then it would substantially help us in the Government make financial transactions more transparent." Moya said in an interview by FutureGov.

The initiative is also in line with President Noynoy Aquino's mandate to move the Government towards a "daang matuwid" (straight path).

The website will also have functions such as user feedbacks and comments, which will enable the department to engage on mutual conversations regarding the numbers behind government projects and other issues that matter most to them.

A technical glitch happened in the department's eTAILS (Electronic Transparency and Accountability Initiative for Lump Sum Funds) that resulted to incorrect reports on Senator Ramon Revilla Jr.'s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to be Php 210 million.

"The error which created multiple identical entries for the purchase of multicabs and patrol vehicles for the Cavite local government— was reflected only in the web posting module, and not in the official release documents for the Senator's PDAF."

Citing the incident as a "blessing", Moya was pleased that people are deeply interested in the matter through which the DBM is managing the people's funds.

"With the Budget ng Bayan, we hope to further improve transparency and accountability on how public funds are managed," Moya said.

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