STARTING today, November 29, the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) auxiliary social media pages and groups shall be called “Usapang Budget Natin (dahil budget natin ito)”.
According to DBM Secretary Amenah Pangandaman, the strategic rebranding of the agency’s auxiliary social media platforms into “Usapang Budget Natin” is to foster public involvement regarding issues ranging from the national budget to the daily budget dilemmas of Filipinos.
Usapang Budget Natin aims to provide information and insights on the Philippine national budget, which will be presented in a user-friendly format that ensures all audiences will grasp all significant information that they should be aware of without getting overwhelmed.
Pangandaman said this is aligned with her thrust and commitment to increase transparency and to encourage Filipinos to be part of the discussions concerning the national budget, as part of the government’s campaign for inclusivity in its programs that promote accessibility, efficiency, and accountability.
“Marahil po, may mga kababayan tayo na magsasabing – Ay, budget ‘yan, mahirap intindihin ‘yan! Usapang Budget? Eh di puro numero ‘yan at computation? Nakaka-nosebleed! – ‘Yan pong ganyang mindset ang gusto nating baguhin. We want our fellow Filipinos to be educated on budget issues. Gusto naming maintindihan nila ang proseso at paggagamitan ng pondo ng bayan. We want them to be involved and be part of our discussions. Because, after all, budget natin ito,” Pangandaman said.
The Usapang Budget Natin auxiliary social media platforms of the DBM shall also regularly update its audience about the government’s strategic plans, operations, and development projects under the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.