At least 750 delegates dominated by government officials, including local chief executives (LCEs) who were implementing the community-based monitoring system (CBMS) in the Philippines convened the 11th CBMS National Conference last February 2-4, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria at Mandaluyong City, Philippines. This year’s conference theme was, “Transforming Communities through More Responsive National and Local Budgets,” an indication of the growing relevance of CBMS in local government planning and budgeting. Also in attendance were heads and representatives of selected national government agencies, and non-government organizations (NGOs).
Keynote speakers were Secretary Florencio Abad of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and Undersecretary Austere Panadero of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Representing the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) in the panel discussion on bottom–up planning and budgeting was Gov. Alfonso Umali, Jr. of Oriental Mindoro province. Governor Umali is also the National President of ULAP.
Sharing of Good Practices and Lessons Learned in the Use of CBMS
The 3-day policy forum featured presentations by LCEs and heads of planning departments of local government units (LGUs). They discussed the role of CBMS and actual uses of the data they generate for local governance, program design and targeting, grassroots participatory (bottom–up) planning and budgeting, disaster-hazard mapping, and impact monitoring.
In this forum, the Province of Palawan presented its time-series data generated from its adoption of the CBMS since 1999. Palawan was the first to province-wide adopt the CBMS as a tool for local development planning, has conducted six rounds of CBMS household census, and has since produced household- and individual-level data from these censuses. The 2014 CBMS census round of Palawan already made use of the CBMS Accelerated Poverty Profiling (APP) module—using tablets loaded with the CBMS APP software to collect data. This software is being shared by the CBMS Network to LGUs in the country that are implementing the CBMS methodology.
Other LGUs that presented and shared their uses of CBMS-generated data for various thematic concerns are Panabo City, Davao del Norte; the municipality of Kibalawan, Davao del Sur; Santiago City, Isabela; San Mateo, Isabela; Allacapan, Cagayan; Buenavista, Marinduque; Roxas, Palawan; Carmona, Cavite; Antipolo City, Rizal; Mulanay, Quezon; and Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.
The CBMS International Network Coordinating Team of the De La Salle University (DLSU) also presented its ongoing PAGE-CBMS research study on youth employment and entrepreneurship, and on social protection in the informal sector. It also presented its latest research findings on the uses of CBMS data for impact monitoring. These include the CBMS studies on the impact of climate change on food security and nutrition, and on the impact of the unconditional cash transfer program in communities affected by typhoon Yolanda (typhoon Haiyan).
Launching of the “Many Faces of Poverty, Vol. 6”
The CBMS Network also officially launched during the conference its publication, Many Faces of Poverty, Vol. 6—a compendium of data on the different dimensions of poverty based on the conduct of CBMS censuses in selected sites in the Philippines. This latest volume features the provinces of Apayao, Benguet, Camiguin, Guimaras, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Surigao del Norte. Leading the LGU officials of the featured provinces were Governors Elias Bulut of Apayao, and Jurdin Jesus Romualdo of Camiguin.
Partner organizers in this year’s conference included DILG-Cordillera Administrative Region led by Regional Director (RD) John Castaneda, DILG-Region 2 led by (OIC) RD MarloIringan, DILG-CALABARZON led by RD Josefina Castilla-Go, DILG-MIMAROPA led by (OIC) RD James Fadrilan, DILG-Region VIII led by RD Pedro Noval, and DILG Region XI (Davao) led by RD Wilhelm Suyco.
The annual CBMS Philippines National Conference is organized by the PEP Asia-CBMS Network Coordinating Team of DLSU, in collaboration with the DILG, and supported by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), and the ULAP.
Highlights and presentations from the past CBMS-Philippines national conference may be viewed here.
The community-based monitoring system (CBMS) is an organized process of collecting, processing, validating and use of data in local level planning and program implementation while empowering communities in the process. CBMS was designed in the early 1990s by the CBMS Network Team as a tool to fill in gaps for monitoring the impacts of various macroeconomic adjustment policies on the poor and vulnerable groups.
Since 1999 to present, the CBMS has been adopted by local government units in the Philippines in 73 provinces (32 of which are province‐wide) covering 862 municipalities, 69 cities and 23,276 barangays. CBMS is being implemented for use of LGUs using standard tools and training modules, developed and provided for free by the CBMS International Network Team of DLSU, on data collection, processing and generation of poverty statistics and other‐related data using the CBMS Statistical Simulator (CBMS StatSim) software, digitized poverty mapping, and use of CBMS data for preparation of barangays development plans and budgets.
In 2013, the Network launched its latest module on data collection using the CBMS Accelerated Poverty Profiling (CBMS‐APP) which entails the organized, systematic and efficient combined use of latest information and communication technology tools e.g. tablets, and the standard CBMS instruments for data collection (core household profile and village questionnaire), processing (CBMS‐STATSIM), poverty mapping and data management instruments. Data collected through CBMS APP is transmitted to and stored in a data portal where registered users are given access depending on levels of authorization for use.
Technical support on the use of the CBMS APP modules are being provided to LGUs by a pool of CBMS accredited trainers from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the CBMS International Network Office of DLSU. Further details about CBMS may be obtained here. DILG's Memorandum Circular about the upcoming conference may be downloaded here.
Download all the final presentations and view the final conference program here!
View the photos during the 11th CBMS Philippines National Conference by following the links below:
Winners of the 4th CBMS-Philippines Special Awards for Local Government Units (LGUs)
Congratulations to all the winners!
Best CBMS Photo - Tabaco City
Best CBMS Advocacy Video - Carcar City (Click here to watch the video)
Best CBMS Community Development/Intervention Program - Province of Batangas "Balay Project" (Click here to download their entry)
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DILG Region CALABARZON
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DILG Region X
Conference sponsors for prizes for raffle and for winners of 4th CBMS Phililippines Special Awards for LGUs: