The Many Faces of Poverty book series aims to identify who and where the poor are. It provides a comprehensive picture of the different faces of poverty in various parts of the Philippines. The information presented will also help to identify the most pressing needs and how to address these needs as well as facilitating program targeting for those who need the most assistance.
The publication features statistical tables and poverty maps of the provinces of Aurora, Camiguin, Ifugao, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and Tarlac, all of which were generated using the CBMS technology. Since 2013, mobile technology has been used to fast-track the generation of CBMS results to provide timely inputs in local development planning and budgeting.
Several of the local chief executives involved in the publication attended this year’s conference. Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo of the Province of Camiguin shared the province’s experience in reducing poverty through the use of CBMS and encouraged other local government units (LGUs) to do the same.
Governor Eduardo Firmalo of the Province of Romblon spoke about the importance of utilizing the CBMS generated poverty maps to help identify vulnerable households and create well-designed programs. He explained that, through CBMS, LGUs are able to pinpoint where the problem lies and that, just by looking at the colour of the poverty maps, policymakers can determine which areas and which programs need support.
Vice Governor Peter Alfaro of the Province of Occidental Mindoro, shared that CBMS can also be used to help LGUs allocate resources and create their respective provincial profiles and Comprehensive Land Use Plans(CLUPs).
It is hoped that this publication will provide the necessary data to facilitate evidence-based decision-making for improving local governance and reducing poverty and inequality in the Philippines.