CBMS wraps up 9th National Conference in the Philippines

January 22-24, 2013 - Pasay City (Manila), Philippines

Over 500 participants, 70 percent of whom came from local government units all over the Philippines, attended the 9th CBMS-Philippines National Conference, which was held on January 22-24, 2013, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City (Manila).

Held under the theme: “Resilience, Innovation and Sustainability: Focus on a Brighter Future”, the 3-day conference tackled key development issues including: (i) Poverty and the Environment, (ii) Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Adaptation, (iii) Meeting the Millennium Development Goals, (iv) Improving Local Level Statistics, and (v) Fostering Local Entrepreneurship and Development.

In his keynote message - read by Deputy Director General Emmanuel F. Esguerra - Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan of the National Economic and Development Authority said that his agency views the CBMS as a critical tool for achieving inclusive growth and expanding employment opportunities for the poor. “We are confident that evidence-based policy making and planning is possible through CBMS. We have seen how CBMS has been used for poverty diagnosis and as bases for action planning and investment. More specifically, data generated from CBMS have helped formulate evidenced-based Barangay Development Plans, Comprehensive Development Plans (CDPs), Annual Investment Plans and other sectoral plans. CBMS has also provided critical data in the formulation of Local Poverty Reduction Action Plans (LPRAPs). Finally, we have seen that CBMS has capacitated government to closely monitor the progress of our  attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Social Contract of the President, and the Philippine Development Plan (PDP)”, Secretary Balisacan said.

Secretary Jose Eliseo Rocamora of the National Anti-Poverty Commission who gave the keynote on the last day of the conference highlighted the gains that the CBMS has made over the years in providing local level information that are indispensable in program implementation and policymaking. “No anti-poverty work will be sustainable without the involvement of the local government units”, he said.

Meanwhile, in his message - featured in the souvenir program - Br. Ricardo P. Laguda FSC, President of De La Salle University-Manila, expressed pride in the broad range of partnerships that the PEP-CBMS Network Office has forged with local governments, national government agencies, private organizations, policymaking groups, development planners and stakeholders. “It is through partnerships with government and the other sectors of society that academic institutions are able to achieve a marriage between theory and practice”, he said.

One of the highlights of this year’s conference was the launching of “Many Faces of Poverty - Volume 4” - featuring statistical tables and poverty maps of the cities of Balanga, Masbate, Muñoz, Olongapo, Pasay, Tabaco, and Tayabas. Generated through the CBMS methodology, the tables and maps aim to identify who and where the poor are as they provide a comprehensive picture of the different faces of poverty in these cities. Present during the book launching were Emmanuel F. Esguerra, NEDA Deputy Director General for Planning; Congressman Raymond Democrito Mendoza, Chairman of the Committee on Poverty Alleviation of the House of Representatives; as well as the local chief executives or their representatives

Another conference highlight was the presentation of best practices award winners among partner LGUs, for the implementation of CBMS in their respective units (see below).

One of the sessions which elicited huge interest from the participants was the session on "Poverty and the Environment". The session drew on the experience of host communities of mining and hydropower generating industries in Benguet, Masbate, Cebu and Surigao del Norte and how they are utilizing their share of the national wealth to curb poverty incidence in their areas. It tackled issues that have very important policy as well as future research and evaluation implications in the light of issuance of Executive Order 79 of the Aquino Administration which aims to boost government revenue from the mining sector while increasing environmental safeguards. These include the following: delays in the releases of the LGU share from the national wealth which have dire consequences on local planning and budgeting processes, addressing growing dependency on extractive industry revenues by diversifying on productive enterprises, LGU and household coping and adaptation (e.g., eventual pullout of the industry, etc.)
Organized by the PEP-CBMS Network Office, based at the Angelo King Institute (AKI) for Economic and Business Studies, of the De La Salle University (Manila, Philippines), the national conference was also made possible with the support from the:

  • International Development Research Centre (IRDC),
  • Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (or UK Aid),
  • Angelo King Foundation
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Also serving as co-organizers of the conference, in the Philippines, were the

  • Department of the Interior and Local Government,
  • National Anti-poverty Commission,
  • National Economic and Development Authority,
  • the League of Provinces of the Philippines

CBMS in the Philippines - history

The CBMS was first adopted as a tool for local planning in the Philippines in the year 2000 in the Province of Palawan. As of January 2013, CBMS is being implemented by LGUs in 67 provinces (32 of which are province-wide) covering 794 municipalities, 63 cities and 21, 895 barangays as a tool for poverty diagnosis, for localizing the MDGs and for local planning and budgeting.    Further details about CBMS may be obtained at this page: http://www.pep-net.org/programs/cbms/about-cbms/
See also memorandum circular from DILG here.

 Messages from Conference partners:

Conference Program and Presentations

CBMS Philippines Special Awards for LGUs 2013

In connection with the 9th CBMS‐Philippines National Conference on January 22‐24, 2013, the CBMS Network Team gaverecognition to its partner local government units (LGU). The entries were uploaded in the CBMS Philippines Official Facebook Page wherein everyone voted for the entries of their choice. The winners were the following:following categories (Note: click the link to redirect you to the uploaded entries):

1. Best CBMS Advocacy Video:

2. Best CBMS Photo

3. Best CBMS Enumerator’s Uniform

4. Best CBMS Household Sticker

5. Best Documentation of the Use of CBMS for the Implementation of a Specific Development Program*
*The winning entry was selected through a screening committee

Latest conference program can be downloaded here

Contact Details of the Conference Secretariat:

For further inquiries about the conference, interested participants may contact the conference
secretariat through:
Email: cbms.network@gmail.com
Phone: (02)-5238888 loc. 274
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