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Tacloban to use community-based monitoring system in fight vs poverty

Tacloban City (October 3) -- The Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) will be adopted by the Tacloban City Government, as a useful tool in identifying the areas with high poverty incidence, Ms. Rachel Ann Villegas of KIMRO informed.

This was revealed during the recently concluded Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Orientation and Training conducted by the City Local Government Operations Office, at the Kahuraw Convention Center.

Mr. Ricardo C. Gio, LGOO IV, informed that the training aimed to address the growing problem of extreme poverty in the City and to define the responsibilities of all the stakeholders which include the City government, the barangay officials and the Barangay Volunteer Workers who are directly involved in the undertaking.

He said that the Community-Based Monitoring System is an organized way of collecting information at the local level for use of the local government unit (LGU), and also aims to assist local government units in the needs identification, policymaking and program implementation. More importantly, it is expected to provide early warning signs of impending crises.

Mr. Gio said that the CBMS will be done through a survey which is intended to be completed before the end of the year, among the ten (10) barangays in the City. Eventually, surveys will also be conducted in all the one hundred thirty-eight (138) barangays of the City. He also added that the outcome of this survey would serve as a basis for the City Government in delivering efficient services to the community.

He stressed that the CBMS taps local personnel to do the data collection, processing and analysis of data with cost sharing among the provincial, municipal and barangay LGUs, thus, promoting ownership of and responsibility on statistics produced.

The key features of the CBMS are as follows: it is LGU-based with emphasis on community participation; advocates a core set of indicators but flexible enough to accommodate additional indicators, establishes databanks for each geo-political level; adopts a system of data validation process which is lacking in some monitoring systems and facilitates the identification of eligible beneficiaries, Mr. Gio added.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued Memorandum Circular No. 2004-152 to the local chief executives, DILG Regional Directors and others concerned to guide local government units on the localization of Millennium Development Goals and recommended the use of existing systems on local poverty diagnosis and monitoring such as the CBMS, Minimum Basic Needs- Community Based Poverty Indicator Monitoring System (MBN-CBPIMS), Integrated Rural Accessibility Planning (IRAP), Local Government Performance Measurement System (LGPMS) and other local monitoring tools for this purpose.

The Millennium Declaration signed by the Philippines and other UN member Nations in September 2000 embodies the Millennium Development Goals which are specific targets and milestones to address extreme poverty worldwide by 2015. (PIA 8) [top]

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