Over 25,000 LGUs benefit from DILG-CBMS project nationwide

A total of 25,735 local government units (LGUs) have adopted the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to determine the extent of poverty in their communities as a basis for local planning and budgeting.

The CBMS is an organized process of data collection and processing at the local level and of integration of data in local planning, program implementation and impact monitoring.

Of the 25,735 LGUs, 24,676 are barangays, 903 are municipalities, 79 are cities, and 77 are provinces.

DILG officer-in-charge Catalino S. Cuy says that with the CBMS, LGUs are now capable of determining the welfare status of their respective population in the areas of health, nutrition, housing, water and sanitation, education, income, employment, and peace and order.

With the end goal of reducing poverty at the local levels, the project (CBMS) enables LGUs to accurately map out a household-based socio-economic profile for better poverty identification, Cuy adds.

The DILG, being the lead agency in providing capacity building support to LGUs on the implementation and use of CBMS, has already expanded the project in the areas of improving good local governance, program design and implementation, and impact-monitoring.

Apart from mapping out poverty in the LGUs, the CBMS can also be used as a tool in localizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Furthermore, data generated from CBMS provide baseline information for the preparation of barangay, municipality, city, and provincial socioeconomic profiles, annual investment plans, local risk reduction and management and climate change adaptation plans, land use plans, infrastructure project proposals, and other related development reports.

Local governments that want to avail and adopt the CBMS are advised to send a letter request to the DILG regional office through the provincial office, secure a pro-forma Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) from the concerned DILG regional or provincial office concerned, and submit supporting documents such as resolutions, LGUs' work and financial plan on the adoption of CBMS, and schedule of CBMS modular trainings.

In support to the implementation of the system to LGUs, the DILG's Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD) has undertaken activities such as the development of guidelines to clarify policies, processes, and monitoring and evaluation governing the establishment of CBMS; and creation of the DILG CBMS portal.

According to the BLGD, the DILG CBMS portal was developed to fast track the monitoring of CBMS implementation status, improve customer service and client communication.

The BLGD, together with the DILG Regional and Provincial Offices, also provided training and assistance to LGUs through series of seminar-workshops nationwide.

Recently, the DILG through the BLGD in partnership with the CBMS Network Team of the Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies of the De La Salle University � Manila, conducted a CBMS national conference.

The said activity gathered partners and stakeholders from national and local government units, non-government organizations, development partner agencies, and the academe to discuss current developments, findings, and share good practices on the implementation and utilization of CBMS.

We hope that all our LGUs across the country will adopt the use of CBMS because it will effectively enhance their capacity in detecting and reducing poverty, Cuy said.

Source: Department of the Interior and Local Government

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