2nd Annual Conference
Congressman Jerry P. Treñas
Members of the Philippine League of Local Budget Officers (PHILLBO), local budget officers and staff of the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) Visayas Regional Offices, honored guests, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Iloilo City. Today is the start of the 2nd annual conference of PHILLBO and DBM. I am honored that the officers of the PHILLBO unanimously chose Iloilo City to host this year’s conference.
Your 3-day conference is a perfect opportunity for all of your members to develop their skills, receive updates on the latest policy guidelines and issuances in local fiscal administration, and improve camaraderie among the ranks of the civil servants facilitating the local budgets of local government units. By focusing on your convention’s theme of “Mainstreaming the President’s Social Contract in Local Budgets,” the members of your organization can enhance their expertise in order to ensure that our local budgets are properly utilized. Moreover, you could develop additional measures to ensure transparency in the disbursement and utilization of funds in order to keep tract with the “tuwid na daan” policy of the President.
The conference will also allow your members to learn new ways in order to realize the aim of the DBM to promote and implement public expenditure management policies that are sustainable and supportive to the national development goals. Considering the large expenditures and ballooning debt of the government, it is the responsibility of the DBM and your members to ensure that our resources are properly allocated to projects and services that are mostly needed by our countrymen. Part of DBM’s general functions is to monitor and assess the physical and financial operations of local government units. Your members must therefore be vigilant in order to guarantee the frugal and efficient use of the resources of our local government units.
Thank you very much and may you all enjoy your stay in Iloilo City.