DOT Strengthens Participatory Governance in Budget Process, Inks Budget Partnership Agreement with Tourism Congress and REID Foundation
Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Tourism Congress and the Research, Education, and Institutional Development (REID) Foundation, recognizing them as partners in DOT’s 2013 budget preparation and execution of programs and activities.
The partnership is in compliance with the National Budget Circular of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) that was released early this year that seeks to promote and enhance participatory governance. The said circular provided that in order “to ensure the efficiency of the consultation process, civil service organizations (CSO) and their corresponding agencies must enter into Budget Partnership Agreements (BPAs), which will define the scope of CSO engagements in budget preparation and execution.”
“We welcome this arrangement as this not only applies the transparency policy of the Aquino administration, it also gains the support of our stakeholders in facilitating the implementation of our plans. This procedure likewise ensures that our programs and activities are more community and results oriented. We are happy to have partnered with the REID Foundation and the Tourism Congress in crafting our 2013 budget,” explained Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros.
The DOT budget thrusts include: (1) developing market competitive tourist destinations and products; (2) improving market access, connectivity, and destination infrastructure; and (3) improving tourism institutions, governance, and human resources.
“We are looking forward to the full implementation of the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP),” said Marceline Clemente, President of the Tourism Congress, in relation to the DOT’s 2013 budget. “We value the partnership as it is a testimony that the national government and its stakeholders will now be working hand-in-hand in a common thrust through the NTDP,” Clemente added.
The guidelines released by the DBM underline the importance of the bottom-up approach and feedback mechanism.
“We want to nurture a strong relationship with CSOs and our stakeholders in crafting the DOT’s budget. After all, we are united in the business of tourism and making the Philippines a must-experience destination in Asia,” the Secretary said. “We hope that the private sector will constantly be open to dialogue and frank exchange, as we have done so in the past,” he added.# # #
SOURCE: Philippine Department of Tourism, Office of Marketing Communications