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Enhancing resilience of communities amidst emerging
development challenges

13th CBMS Philippines National Conference

The 13th CBMS Philippines National Conference, with the general theme of Enhancing resilience of communities amidst emerging development challenges, held on March 1-3, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, was attended by more than a thousand delegates composed of key officials and representatives from the government, non-government organizations, private organizations and the academia. 

This year’s convention featured presentations and discussions on the role and uses of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) in the context of emerging policy developments and key issues relating to meeting the sustainable development goals (SDGs), strengthening public accountability through results-based monitoring, and fostering resilience through adaptive governance.

Leading the roster of distinguished conference guest speakers was the Vice President of the Philippines, Leni Robredo who spoke about the The Science and Numbers Behind Empowerment and highlighted the importance of baseline data in crafting transformative policy and program responses to the nation’s war on poverty. 

The policy discussion during the second day of the conference was opened with a presentation by Undersecretary Janet Abuel of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Local Government and Regional Operations Group on the national government’s initiative on Improving Public Financial Management through Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation wherein the role and significance of LGU development indicators were highlighted in strengthening public financial management systems at the local level, improving local governance, and in turn better delivery of public services.  

Director Anna Liza Bonagua of the Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG)-Bureau of Local Government Development started the policy discussion on the third day of the conference with the DILG presentation on Building Adaptive Capacities and Community-Based Resilience. Aside from presenting some of the good practices at the local level in terms of building community resilience, she also highlighted the alignment of the adoption of CBMS in the country with the process of preparation of the LGU comprehensive development plans (CDP), disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) plans, Local Climate Change Adaptation Plan (LCCAP), and legislative agenda and localizing the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

This year’s CBMS conference theme draws from the concerns on the risks and impacts of depleting resources, demographic transition, economic fluctuations, political uncertainties, armed conflict, and more frequent occurrences and growing scale of natural disasters on short term and long term development goals and outcomes which continue to be on top of policy debate and agenda of governments across the world. The Philippines, tagged as one of the most vulnerable to natural hazards and disaster prone nations in the world, has continued to face and weather these challenges in varying forms and magnitude over the years.

The conference also featured presentations of selected local governments units (LGUs) on their development initiatives, good practices and lessons learned on the uses of CBMS for fostering children’s rights, for bottom up planning and budgeting (BUB), for disaster risk preparedness and management and recovery and rehabilitation programs, localizing the SDGs, more focused targeting and design of interventions and efficient service delivery, and for more-responsive governance.  Among the highlights of the conference are the recognition of 7 LGUs- including the Province of Marinduque and Albay, and the Cities of Balanga, Candon, Marikina, Parañaque, and Valenzuela- featured in the CBMS Publication, Many Faces of Poverty Volume 8, and of the winners of 6th CBMS Special Awards for LGUs.

During the conference, the CBMS Network Team also presented the latest developments and next steps on the use of the CBMS methodology, particularly of the CBMS Accelerated Poverty Profiling (APP), for generating baseline and panel data requirements for localizing the SDGs, for local planning and budgeting, for vulnerability risk mapping, and for impact-monitoring.  

Since its conception in 1993 and adoption of several LGUs in the country starting 2000, the CBMS has complemented various development initiatives in the country by generating the necessary disaggregated data for multidimensional poverty analysis, preparation of local development plans and budgets, program design and focused targeting, and impact monitoring  i.e. global financial crisis, MDG localization, typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) among others while empowering communities to participate in the development process.

The conference was organized by the CBMS Network Office of the De La Salle University-Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies (DLSU-AKI) in collaboration with the Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG), the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).

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Special Awards

Best CBMS Photo

1st Place - Pagsanjan Laguna

2nd Place - San Mariano, Isabela 3rd Place - Ligao City, Albay

Best CBMS Advocacy Video

1st Place - Angadanan, Isabela (follow the link to watch the video)

2nd Place - San Mariano, Isabela (follow the link to watch the video)

3rd Place - Kiangan, Ifugao (follow the link to watch the video)


Conference Program and Presentations

DAY 1 (March 1, 2017)   Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.      OPENING CEREMONY
8:30  National Anthem/Invocation
8:35  Welcome Remarks
  Br. Raymundo B. Suplido, FSC, PhD,
8:40  Dr.Tereso S. Tullao, Jr.,
  Director, DLSU-Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies
8:45  Overview and Developments on the Uses of CBMS
  Dr. Celia M. Reyes
  CBMS Network Team Leader, CBMS Network Office-DLSU
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. SESSION 1- Achieving the SDGs Through More Transformative Governance
9:00 - 9:05  Session Overview/Introduction
  The Science and Numbers behind Empowerment
  Honorable Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo
  Vice-President of the Philippines
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. COFFEE BREAK
10:30 a.m - 12:00 p.m. SESSION 2: Fostering Evidence-Based Programs in Protecting Children’s Rights
10:30 - 10:35 Session Overview/Introduction of Speakers
  Session Chair: Dr. Augusto Rodriguez
  Chief, Advocacy and Policy
  UNICEF Philippines
10:35 -10:50 Promoting the Rights of Children through Evidence-based Planning and Budgeting using CBMS:
Stories from Tabaco City, Albay, Philippines
  Honorable Mayor Cielo Krisel Lagman-Luistro
  Tabaco City, Albay
  Innovative Policies and Programs for Protecting Children's Welfare in the Municipality of Dinalupihan, Province of Bataan
10:50 - 11:10 Honorable Mayor Maria Angela Garcia
  Municipality of Dinalupihan, Bataan
11:10 - 11:30 Presentation
  Honorable Mayor Joselito Guyguyon
  Municipality of Kiangan, Ifugao
11: 30 - 12:00    Open Forum/Discussion
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.  LUNCH BREAK
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.     SESSION 3- Maximizing CBMS Data in Providing Meaningful Interventions for the Vulnerables 
  Chair:    Atty. Odilon Luis Pasaraba, CESO V
  Assistant Regional Director, DILG-Region II-Cagayan Valley
1:30 - 1:35 Session Overview/Introduction of Speakers
1:35 - 1:55 HEART that CARES: The Nagtipunan CBMS Story
  Honorable Mayor Nieve Rose B. Camma-Meneses
  Municipality of Nagtipunan, Quirino
1:55 - 2:15 Addressing Challenges on DRRM and shelter security through the CBMS Data 
  Mr. Oliver B. Francisco
  City Planning and Development Coordinator
  Cauayan City Government, Isabela 
2:15 - 2:35 CBMS-based LGU Programs and Bottom-Up Planning and Budgeting
  Engr. Jesus P. Gragasin
  Municipal Planning & Development Coordinator
  Municipal Government of Solano, Nueva Vizcaya
2:35 - 3:00 Open Forum/Discussion
3:00 - 3:30 COFFEE BREAK
3:30 - 5:30 SESSION 4-Responsive Governance Through CBMS
  Chair:  ARD Elias Fernandez, Jr. 
  Asst. Regional Director, DILG-Region VII-Central Visayas
3:35 - 3:40 Session Overview/Introduction of Speakers
3:40 - 4:00 San Remigio: Taking the High Road from Yolanda’s Landfall
  Honorable Mayor Mariano R. Martinez
  Municipality of San Remigio, Cebu
4:00 - 4:20 City of Lapu Lapu: Reaching Out Down the Roots
  Engr. Perla Amar
  City Planning and Development Coordinator
  Lapu-Lapu City Government, Cebu
4:20 - 4:40 CBMS: A Tool Towards Inclusive Development for Local Communities in  Bohol
  Mr. Peter Ross Retutal
  Planning Officer IV and Head of Development Administration Sector
  Provincial Planning and Development Office, Province of Bohol
4:40 - 5:30 Open Forum/Discussion
DAY 2 (MARCH 2, 2017)  Strengthening Public Accountability through Results Based Monitoring and Assessment
9:00 a.m. SESSION 5-Improving Public Financial Management through Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation  
  Chair:  Engr. Luis G. Banua
9:00 - 9:05 Session Overview/Introduction of Keynote Speaker
9:05 - 9:35 Keynote Speaker:      Undersecretary Janet B. Abuel
  Undersecretary for Local Government and Operations Group
  Department of Budget and Management
9:35 - 10:00 Open Forum/Discussion
10:00 - 10:30 COFFEE BREAK
10:00 - 10:30 SESSION 6-Improving Local Governance Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
10:30 - 10:35 Session Overview/Introduction of Speakers
  Session Chair: Dir. Erlinda M. Capones
  Director-Social Development Staff, NEDA
10:35 - 10:50 Mr. Patrick Duong
  Regional Programme Advisor
  Local Governance and Decentralisation
  UNDP Regional Hub in Bangkok
  Transition from MDGs to SDGs: Localization through Family-Based  Actions for Children and their Environs in the Slums (FACES) 
  Mr. Jaime Antonio, Jr.
  Programme Coordinator, UNDP-Philippines
11:20 - 11:40 Seal of Good Local Governance & Local TARGET (Transcending Accountable and Responsive Governance Through Empowerment & Teamwork)
  Ms. Melany F. Quiton
  Local Government Operations Officer V
  Bureau of Local Government Supervision, DILG
11:40 - 12:00 Improving Local Governance Towards Achieving the SDGs in Panabo City
  Arch. Joseph Raymund A. Sumabal
  Assistant City Planning and Development Coordinator, Panabo City
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Open Forum/Discussion
12:30 - 1:30 LUNCH BREAK
1:30 - 3:00 SESSION 7 – Poverty-Reduction and Development Planning Strategies in Eastern Visayas Using the CBMS APP 
1:30 - 1:35 Session Overview/Introduction
  Session Chair: Dr. Maridel Burgos
  LGOO V, DILG-Tacloban City
1:35 - 1:55 Tacloban City’s Way Forward Post Yolanda: Poverty Reduction and Development Planning Using the CBMS 
  Ms. Janice Claire Canta
  Planning Officer III, Tacloban City Government
1:55 - 2:15 CBMS C.A.R.E.S. Biliran 
  “CBMS a Catalyst to an Adaptable, Resilient/Responsive, Empowered and Sustainable Biliran"
  Honorable Mayor Grace Casil
  Municipality of Biliran, Biliran
2:15 - 2:35 CBMS = Community Resilience
  Honorable Mayor Atty. Allan Contado
  Municipality of Balangkayan, Eastern Samar
2:35 - 3:00 Open Forum/Discussion
3:00 - 3:30 COFFEE BREAK
3:30 - 5:30 SESSION 8- CBMS for Local Governance
3:30 - 3:35 Session Overview/Introduction of Speakers
  Session Chair: Ms. Inah Geneve Tolentino
  Special Projects Officer, League of Cities of the Philippines
3:35 - 5:00 Angadanan, Isabela 
Kiangan, Ifugao 
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu 
San Mariano, Isabela 
San Remigio, Cebu 
Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat 
5:00 - 5:30 5:00-5:30
DAY 3 (MARCH 3, 2017)  Fostering Resilience Through Adaptive Governance
8:30 a.m. National Anthem/Invocation
9:00 Session 9– Improving Local Governance Through Evidence-Based Policymaking 
  Chair: RD Mary Anne R. Darauay  
  Regional Director, NEDA-Region II-Cagayan Valley
9:05 Session Overview/Introduction of Keynote Speaker
9:10 - 9:35 Keynote Speaker: Undersecretary Austere Panadero, CESO I
  Undersecretary for Local Government
  Represented by: Dir. Anna Liza F. Bonagua, CSEE
  OIC Director, Bureau of Local Government Development-DILG
9:35 - 10:00 Open Forum
10:00 - 10:30 COFFEE BREAK
10:30 - 12:00 Session 10: Improving the Quality of Life of the Poor and the Vulnerable
  Session Chair: Ms. Sandra Paredes
  Interim Executive Director
  Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP)
10:30 - 10:35 Session Overview/Introduction
  Honorable Governor Carmencita Reyes
  Province of Marinduque
  Honorable Mayor Francis Garcia
  Balanga City
  Ms. Jeresha San Jose
  PEO IV and Program Coordinator
  Albay Sustainainable Development Goals (SDG) Office, Province of Albay
  Mr. Tomas Aguilar
  City Planning and Development Coordinator, Marikina City
  Engr. Naulie Cabanting
  City Planning and Development Coordinator, Candon City
  Engr. Benigno Rivera
  City Planning and Development Coordinator, Parañaque City
  Mr. Lauro Zyan F. Caiña
  OIC, Public Information Office
  Valenzuela City
  LGU Recognition Ceremony and Launching and Ceremonial Turnover: Many Faces of Poverty Volume 8
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  LUNCH BREAK
1:30 - 3:00 Session 11- Using CBMS as a Tool for Poverty Reduction, Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
1:30 - 1:35 Session Overview/Introduction of Speakers
  Session Chair: Engr. Ariel O. Iglesia, CESO V
  Assistant Regional Director
1:35 - 1:55 Mechanisms for Advancement and Innovation: CBMS as a Tool to Analyze Issues and Its Root Causes
  Mr. Jay Keenson C. Acebuche
  Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator
  Municipal Government of Pagsanjan, Laguna
1:55 - 2:15 Using CBMS for Planning and Budgeting in General Trias City
  Engr. Jemie P. Cubillo
  City Planning and Development Coordinator and Zoning Administrator
  City Government of General Trias, Cavite
2:15 - 2:35 Use of CBMS for Disaster Risk Reduction Management in Municipality of Carmona   
  Engr. Mildred Purificacion
  Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator
  Municipal Government of Carmona, Cavite
2:35 - 3:00 Open Forum/Discussion
3:00 - 3:30 COFFEE BREAK
3:30 - 5:30 SESSION 12 Next Steps/Ways Forward
  Developments/Innovations in CBMS/Next Steps
  Dr. Celia M. Reyes, CBMS Network Team Leader
  CBMS Capacity Building Programs for LGUs
  Dir. Anna Liza Bonagua, CSEE
  OIC-Director, Bureau of Local Government Development, DILG
  Accreditation of New CBMS National Trainers
  Ms. Jasminda A. Quilitis, Senior Research Associate, CBMS Network Team
  Recognition/Awarding of Winners of the 6thCBMS-Philippines Special Awards for LGUs
  Ms. Anne Bernadette Mandap
  Research and Administration Officer
  Closing Remarks
  Dr. Celia M. Reyes, CBMS Network Team Leader

Conference Secretariat

CBMS Network Office
De La Salle University-Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies (DLSU-AKI)
Manila, Philippines
E-mail: cbms.network@gmail.com
Contact Numbers: (63-2) 5262067 (direct) or 2305100 local 2461

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