Conference puts spotlight on how CBMS can help build safe, resilient and proactive communities

With the devastating effects of typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) still fresh on the public mind, the 10th CBMS Philippines National Conference, held from March 24-26, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, placed the spotlight on how the community-based monitoring system (CBMS) can be harnessed to build safe, reliant and proactive communities.

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Over 500 participants from the academe, local government units, nongovernment organizations, and national government agencies attended the three-day conference, which included discussions on the uses of CBMS for grassroots participatory budgeting process, disaster risk reduction and management, local governance, vulnerability mapping, program design and targeting, and impact monitoring, among others.

According to Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, “Yolanda has all the more stressed the importance of data, before and after disasters, not only to track people and communities, but to match risk profiles with CBMS data and to make real-time information available for disaster preparedness, and in the case of Eastern Visayas and neighboring regions, for early recovery, rehabilitation and development.” This was part of his keynote address delivered by Undersecretary Peter Irving Corvera during the conference. 

Secretary Roxas also called for a broader CBMS that will include relevant information on disaster preparedness noting that by doing so, “national and local governments can invest more on the preparedness side instead of the response side using the broadened CBMS information.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Arsenio Balisacan, Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning and Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) highlighted how the national government has trained its sights on ensuring “full operation of long-term actions on climate change adaptation and mitigation (CCA/M) and disaster risk reduction and management (DDRM).” In particular, he cited the passage of the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) in 2012, completion of climate change projection at the provincial level, implementation of the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards or Project NOAH, and geo-hazard mapping and assessment of all cities and municipalities using large-scale maps.

Secretary Balisacan noted that in the case of typhoon Yolanda, the government has created a separate plan dubbed Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda or the RAY Plan, which aims to restore the economic and social conditions of the areas, at the very least, to their pre-typhoon levels and to a higher level of disaster resilience. “Through RAY, we are espousing the "Build Back Better" principle to make affected communities more resilient and sustainable,” he said.

Among the highlights of the conference was the launching of “The Many Faces of Poverty: Volume 5,” which features the statistical tables and poverty maps of the cities of Antipolo, Legazpi, Marikina, Naga, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, and Valenzuela—generated using the CBMS methodology. The book series aims to identify who and where the poor are as it provides a comprehensive picture of the different faces of poverty in various parts of the country. It will also aid in identifying the most pressing needs of the communities, assist in prioritizing interventions to address these needs, and facilitate the targeting of programs for those who need assistance the most.

The Subnational Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Reports of the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Sur; and the cities of Pasay, Puerto Princesa, and Tabaco City were also launched during the conference. 

In his remarks, Country Director Maurice Dewulf of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said that the subnational MDG reports are “a testament to the relevance of the MDGs in this era where growing inequalities, climate change, natural disasters and conflict have taken the forefront as the main obstacles to the achievement of the MDGs.”  He pointed out that “the great power of the MDGs was in their global agenda setting and in their capacity to unite diverse actors around a common cause.” He also encouraged action so that “rather than remaining mere rhetoric, these must be translated into action at the national and local levels and make a difference for people.” 

The conference was organized by the PEP Asia-CBMS Network Office of the De La Salle University (DLSU)-Angelo King Institute (AKI) in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the NEDA, and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC). 

Highlights and presentations from the past CBMS-Philippines national conferences may be viewed at (2013) (2012) (2011) (2009) (2008) (2006) (2005) (2004).







Conference Program and Presentation Materials

The conference program and the presentation during the 10th CBMS Philippines National Conference can be found here.

A copy of the Souvenir Program can be downloaded here.


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