CBMS Stakeholders in the Philippines Holds 14th National Conference

More than 800 delegates composed of local chief executives and planning officers, officials and representatives of national government agencies, and representatives of non-government organizations, academia, and development partner agencies convened at the recently concluded 14th CBMS Philippines National Conference held at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City on March 5-7, 2018.

This year’s three-day policy conference, with the general theme Reducing Inequalities through CBMS, featured sharing and discussion of latestdevelopments and best practices on the implementation and uses of CBMS for improving local plans and budgets, better public service delivery, evidence-based legislation, disaster risk reduction management, and migration and development.  The organization of the annual conference is spearheaded 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 and Local Government (DILG). Other local conference partners include the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines ULAP), the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), and the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP).

Leading the roster of distinguished speakers and resource persons at the national level were Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Undersecretary for Local Government Austere Panadero of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Regional Development Office (RDO) Undersecretary Adoracion Navarro of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Administrator of the Office of the Civil Defense and National Disaster Risk Reduction Council (NDRRMC) Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines Country Director, Mr. Titon Mitra.


Conference Highlights

Policies and Strategies for Reducing Inequalities
and Improving the Welfare of the Poor

Among the highlights of this year’s convention were the session presentations and discussions on strategies for reducing inequalities and improving the welfare of the poor at both the national and local levels.

Discussion was jumpstarted with Senator Gatchalian’s talk on reducing inequalities through education. In his speech, he spoke about the importance of evidence-based policymaking and how policy-based evidence making, something he referred to as “the reality on the ground” in politics. He also pointed out the effectiveness of CBMS as a tool in gathering data which local government units can use as baseline or benchmark for policymaking. Undersecretary Navarro of NEDA, on the other hand, presented the National Spatial Strategy for addressing regional disparities in the country.

The role of CBMS in the process of implementing poverty reduction initiatives at the local level was highlighted by the presentations of Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo of Province of Camiguin, Governor Eduardo Firmalo of Romblon, and Vice-Governor Peter Alfaro of Occidental Mindoro.  Also featured during the conference were presentations on the uses of CBMS for poverty monitoring and program implementation by the Province of Aurora, Ifugao, and Tarlac.

Meanwhile, LGUs including Municipality of Nakar, Quezon, Municipality of Tubod, Panabo City, Marikina City, Valenzuela City and Calamba City) also shared how CBMS is being used by local governments as a platform to establish local databases and generate the necessary disaggregated data to improve program design, targeting and implementation.


Localizing the SDGs

The CBMS conference featured a presentation by the UNDP-Philippines Country Director Titon Mitra on key issues and challenges for meeting the global goals. In his speech, he stressed the importance of aligning the SDGs to the proposed targets of the local government, cited the use of the Local and Urban Governance Diagnostic Tool (LOGOD), the CBMS, and other data banks and tools, and listed the challenges associated with the localization of the SDGs.

Current initiatives of the national government particularly by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Philippine Statistics Authority in line with the localization of the sustainable development goals in the country were also presented in the conference.  In addition, the CBMS Network showcased how the CBMS, which is widely implemented in many LGUs in the country, can be used to provide policymakers and program implementers with the necessary disaggregated data to identify priority needs, and design and implement programs in the context of meeting the SDGs.  It has been noted that 39 of the SDG indicators can already be generated through the CBMS being implemented by the LGUs.


Disaster Preparedness and Management

Undersecretary Jalad presented the national government’s initiative to achieve its vision of safer, adaptive, and disaster resilient communities in the country. He emphasized the importance of working collectively towards a resilient country and talked about the significance of addressing the needs of all groups, especially the vulnerable sector, as well as the significance of empowering people. He mentioned that, in order to build national resilience, DRRM and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) should be integrated in the comprehensive development plans of the local government units and that, through CBMS, prevention and mitigation networks, preparedness measures, and response activities can be enhanced further.

Leading the discussion on the role of CBMS for disaster preparedness and management are the presentations of Mayor Roberto Madla of Municipality of Boac, Marinduqe, Mayor Jasmin Angelli Bautista of the Municipality of Magallanes, Cavite, and Engr. Leonardo Madeja, MPDC of the Municipality of Naval, Biliran.


Fostering Evidence-Based Legislation

Legislators including Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza, Rep. Manuel Zubiri, and Rep. Maria Valentina Plaza and Province of Dinagat Islands Vice Governor Benglen Ecleo led the policy conference discussion on the importance of evidence based legislation for improving the welfare of poor and the vulnerable. 

The organization of the session was initiated by the CBMS Network in line with on-going review and discussion of the Proposed CBMS Bill at the House of Representatives of the Philippines which will institutionalize the implementation of CBMS in all cities and municipalities in the country.


Improving Local Governance

Initiating the discussion on improving transparency and accountability in local governance, Undersecretary Panadero talked about how local governments should be able to concentrate on effective planning, budgeting, and targeting of beneficiaries in order to realize improvements in the their respective localities. He shared that, through the use of CBMS, local planners can design or formulate programs which can accommodate all intended beneficiaries, create local development plans parallel to the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), and improve disaster risk reduction (DRR), all of which are essential in improving delivery of services at the local level.

The sharing of experience and insights of LGUs on the value of CBMS as a tool for improving public service delivery in the context of different regions in the country was led by presentations of Mayor Eliseo Ruzol, Sr. of Municipality of Nakar in Quezon, Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo of Muncipality of Mambajao in Camiguin, Mayor Rommel de la Torre of Municipality of Magsaysay in Palawan, Mayor Mariano Buyagawan, Jr. of Municipality of Lamut in Ifugao, and Mayor Amirh Mangelen Musali of Municipality of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat.


Background on CBMS in the Philippines

From 1999 to the present, the CBMS has been adopted as a tool for local planning and program implementation by local government units in the Philippines in 77 provinces (33 of which are province-wide) covering 1031 municipalities, 93 cities, and 29,259 barangays. CBMS is being used by LGUs to generate the necessary disaggregated and updated data for the preparation of development plans including their annual investment plan, poverty reduction action plans, disaster risk reduction management plans, gender and development plan and comprehensive land use plan. CBMS data resulting from the LGUs’ conduct of CBMS census in their localities have served as inputs for budgeting and prioritization of projects at the local level.

It has likewise been adopted for localizing, operationalization and monitoring of various development initiatives such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPBP), Bottom Up Planning and Budgeting (BUB), Gender and Development (GAD), Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) among others.   Various policy issuances have been made at the local (1999 to present) and national levels as well as of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (2011), and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (2006) in support of the implementation and use of CBMS in the country.


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Program and Presentations

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March 5, 2018 (Day 1) 


Fostering Transparency and Accountability in Governance Through CBMS

8:30 am   Invocation
    National Anthem
8:40 am   Opening Remarks

Dr. Celia M. Reyes

President, Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)
And CBMS Network Director

Dr. Tereso S. Tullao,Jr.

Director, DLSU- Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies

9:00 am    

Session 1: Improving Local Governance Through CBMS

Chairperson: Dr. Tereso S. Tullao,Jr.,

Director, DLSU-AKI

9:05 am    

Keynote Speaker: 

Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero, CESO I 
Undersecretary for Local Government
Department of the Interior and Local Government

9:30 am   Open Forum
10:00 am   Session 2: Reducing Inequalities and Improving Welfare of the Poor/ Launching of Poverty Maps Publication, Many Faces of Poverty  Vol. 9   
10:05-10:10   Overview of the Session and Introduction of Speakers

Governor Maria Luisa D. Romualdo 
Province of Camiguin

Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo  
Province of Romblon

Vice Governor Peter J. Alfaro
Province of Occidental Mindoro

Honorable Harmes Sicat Sambrano
Board Member, Province of Tarlac 

Mr. Roscoe Kalaw
Province of Ifugao

Ms. Genevieve Yanga
Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, Province of Aurora

12:00-12:20   Turnover Ceremony/Recognition of Featured LGUs in Many Faces of Poverty Vol. 9
12:20-1:30   Lunch

Session 3: Uses of CBMS for Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction

Chairperson:  Ms. Erlinda M. Capones

1:30-1:35   Overview of the Session and Introduction of Speakers

Presentation 1  - Uses of CBMS in Boac, Marinduque as a Tool for Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment

Mayor Roberto M. Madla, CE

Municipality of Boac, Marinduque


Presentation 2 -  CBMS: LGU’s Tool in Sensing Public Value

Engr. Leonardo V. Madeja, Jr., EnP

Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator, Naval, Biliran, and

President of Biliran Province League of Local Planning and Development Coordinators  

2:35-3:00   Open Forum
3:00-3:30   Coffee Break

Session 4: Improving Local Development Planning and Program Implementation Through CBMS 

Chairperson: Ms. Eloisa G. Rozul

LGOO VII and Chief, Local Government Capability Development


3:30-3:35   Overview of the Session and Introduction of Speakers

General Nakar CBMS on Breaking the Isolation Barrier

Mayor Eliseo R. Ruzol, Sr.

Municipality of General Nakar, Quezon


Meeting the Challenges in Disaster Preparedness through CBMS

Mayor Jasmin Angelli M. Bautista

Municipality of Magallanes, Cavite


Uplifting the Lives of Calambeños through CBMS

Engr. Maolen Karla M. Boholano

Project Evaluation Officer IV, Calamba City

4:35-5:00   Open Forum

Session 5: 7thCBMS Special Awards: LGU Entries Presentation

Chairperson: Ms. Steffie Joi I. Calubayan, Research Associate, CBMS Network Office

March 6, 2018 (Day 2)  Improving Public Service Delivery and Better Accountability

8:30 am   Invocation
    National Anthem
8:40 am   Recap of Day 1 and Overview of Day 2 Program

Session 6: Policies and Strategies for Reducing Inequalities

Chairperson:      Mr. Tomas P. Africa

Regional Consultant for Asia and the Pacific Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21)

8:55   Session Overview/Introduction of Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

Reducing Inequalities Through Education

Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian

Reducing Inequalities Through the National Spatial Strategy

Undersecretary Adoracion M. Navarro

Regional Development Office

National Economic and Development Authority

9:50-10:00   Open Forum
10:00   Coffee Break
10:30 am  

Session 7:    Reducing Inequalities and Improving the Welfare of the Poor through Evidence Based Legislation

Chairperson: Dir. Novel V. Bangsal

Service Director, Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department

10:30-10:35   Overview of the Session and Introduction of Speakers

Rep. Raymond Democrito C. Mendoza

Party List-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Representative and Chairperson, Committee on Poverty Alleviation


Rep. Manuel F. Zubiri

District Representative, 3rd District-Bukidnon


Rep. Maria Valentina G. Plaza

District Representative, 1st District -Agusan del Sur


Vice Governor Benglen Ecleo, MAEd.

Province of Dinagat Islands


Open Forum

12:00-1:30   Lunch
1:30   Session 8: Using CBMS as a Tool for Public Service Delivery and Governance

Chairperson: ARD Wilhelm A. Suyko, CESO IV

Assistant Regional Director, DILG Region XI-Davao Region            

1:30-1:35   Overview of the Session and Introduction of Speakers

Embracing Diversity Thru Scaled Up Services for IP Communities

Ms. Cielo Nacelo-Miano

Planning Officer II

Panabo City, Davao del Norte

2:15-2:35   Community based information: A Key to Better Services and Governance
2:35- 3:00  

Honorable Miguel P. Niez, DBA

Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) Federation President, Davao del Norte

2:35- 3:00   Open Forum
3:00-3:30   Coffee Break

Session 9:  Program Targeting and Project Implementation through CBMS

Chairperson: Director Patrick John D. Megia, CESO V

City Director, DILG Marikina

3:30-3:35   Overview of the Session and Introduction of Speakers

Presentation 1:   Reducing Inequalities through Stakeholder Analysis and Convergence in Planning and Implementing Local Programs Integrated with Gender Perspective

Mr. Tomas C. Aguilar Jr., City Planning and Development Coordinator

Marikina City


Presentation 2:  Community-Based Monitoring System: A Tool for Valenzuela City’s Housing Project | Video

Mr. Lauro Zyanthorr F. Caiña, Public Information Officer

Valenzuela City


Presentation 3: Utilizing CBMS DRR Data for Service Learning and Building Community Resiliency

Mr. Ednelore William J. Torres, Computer Science Faculty

College of Engineering and Technology, University of St. La Salle (USLS) and, Volunteer CBMS Trainer, Balayan, USLS

4:35-5:00   Open Forum

Session 10: Accreditation of New CBMS Trainers

Chairperson: Ms. Jasminda A. Quilitis, Senior Research Associate, CBMS Network Office

March 7, 2018 (Day 3): Leaving No One Behind

8:30 am   Invocation/National Anthem
    Recap of Day 2/Overview of Day 3 Program
9:00 am   Session 11: Achieving the Vision of Safer, Adaptive, and Disaster Resilient Communities

Keynote Speaker:

Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad 
Administrator, Office of the Civil Defense and Executive Director, National Disaster Risk-Reduction  Management Council (NDRRMC)

9:30          Open Forum
9:45   Coffee Break
10:00 am  

Session 12: Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Chairperson:  Dir.  MaryAnne E.R. Darauay,  CESO III

Director, Social Development Staff, NEDA


Keynote Speaker: 

Mr. Titon Mitra  
Country Director, UNDP Philippines


10:30-10:50   Presentation 1:    DILG Approach in Localizing the SDGs in the Philippines 
Dir. Anna Liza Bonagua, CSEE 
Director, Bureau of Local Government Development, DILG

Presentation 2:   Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals in the Philippines   

ANS. Wilma A. Guillen 
Assistant National Statistician, Philippine Statistics Authority


Presentation 3:    Localizing the SDGs through CBMS

Dr. Celia M. Reyes
President, PIDS and CBMS Network Director

11:30-12:00   Open Forum
12:00-1:30   Lunch

Session 13:   Uses of CBMS for Migration and Development

Chairperson:  RD. Luis Banua, Regional Director, NEDA-4A-CALABARZON

1:30-1:35   Overview of the Session and Introduction of Speakers

LGU Options on Migration and Development Issues 

Mr. Joulhlan S. Aralar

Manager, Public Employment and Services Offices (PESO), and CBMS Focal Person
Municipality of Angono, Rizal  


Migration and Development in Carmona

Engr. Mildred M. Purificacion 

Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator, 
Municipality of Carmona, Cavite


The CBMS: An Investigation of its Usefulness in Understanding the Relationship between International Migration and Poverty in the Philippines
Dr. Alellie B. Sobreviñas 
Associate Professor, School of Economics, De La Salle University

2:35-3:00   Open Forum

Session 14:         Uses of CBMS for Local Governance

Chairperson:      Dir. Ma. Veronica C. Hitosis
Deputy Director for Policy, Plans and Projects
League of Cities of the Philippines


Overview of the Session and Introduction of Speakers


Municipality of Mambajao: Bawat Oras Sama-sama sa Hirap at Ginhawa

Mayor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo
Municipality of Mambajao, Camiguin

3:25-3:45               Using CBMS for Improving Local Governance in the Municipality of Magsaysay, Palawan
Mayor Rommel L. de la Torre 
Municipality of Magsaysay, Palawan

The Lamut Municipality Experience on Building a Gateway to Progress through CBMS

Mayor Mariano B. Buyagawan, Jr.
Municipality of Lamut, Ifugao


A Journey to Progressive Columbio Through CBMS

Mayor Amirh Mangelen Musali
Municipality of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat

4:25-4:30   Open Forum

Session 15: Next Steps/Ways Forward 

Dr. Celia M. Reyes

President, PIDS and CBMS Network Director

    Recognition/Awarding of Winners of 7th CBMS Philippines Special Awards for LGUs

Masters of Ceremonies:

Jasminda Quilitis, CBMS Network Office
Ramon Falcon, National Economic and Development Authority
Gladstone Cuarteros, De La Salle Philippines

CBMS Special Awards

Best Photo

Best Advocacy Video

Dinalupihan, Bataan Danao City
Ligao City Naguilian, Isabela
Magallanes, Cavite San Mariano, Isabela
Naguilian, Isabela Pagsanjan, Laguna
Pagsanjan, Laguna  
San Mariano, Isabela  

WINNERS - Best Photo

3rd Place 3rd Place 2nd Place
Dinalupihan, Bataan San Mariano, Isabela Ligao City

7th CBMS Special Awards



WINNERS - Best CBMS Advocacy Video

3rd Place Danao City
2nd Place San Mariano, Isabela
1st Place Pagsanjan, Laguna

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