SAN JOSE, Antique  (PIA) - - The implementation of Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) is underway in nine towns in the province namely Tobias Fornier, Belison, Libertad, San Jose, Sibalom, Bugasong, Valderrama, Pandan and Culasi.

Information Officer Judy Mae Magdato said that the Department of Interior and Local Government has already organized teams to conduct training of enumerators, coordinators and field editors for the implementation of the CBMS.

The CBMS is a poverty monitoring system that collects household information at the local level. The data collected can be used by the LGUs as inputs in the formulation of development plans and poverty reduction programs.

“It is a mechanism to support the decentralization process by providing the LGUs with a system to improve local governance and develop policies and programs that meet the needs of the people” said CBMS Focal Person Hennesey Gasataya.

The CBMS hopes to gather reliable data to help in the preparation of local development plans responsive in addressing the challenges of poverty.

With a budget of P 9.8M sourced from the 2016 Bottom-up Budgeting Program (BuB), the amount shall cover the trainings of the enumerators, field editors and coordinators and the purchase of tablets for the implementation of the project in nine target LGUs.

Other LGUs, however, funded their own CBMS trainings, in the case of Caluya, Sebaste and Patnongon.

The CBMS utilizes household surveys to collect information at the local level. It determines how poor a barangay or municipality is and identifies who and where the poor are through poverty maps as outputs.

CBMS covers a total of five modules- data collection, data processing and poverty mapping, barangay development plan (BDP) formulation, and comprehensive development plan (CDP) formulation.

The following are the indicators measured that capture the multidimensional aspects of poverty: 1. Health, 2. Nutrition, 3. Housing, 4. Water and Sanitation, 4. Basic Education, 5. Income, 6. Employment and 7. Peace and Order.

Training on data collection, the first module of CBMS, were already conducted starting January in the municipalities of Belison, Tobias Fornier and Libertad followed by San Jose and Sibalom last February. Recently, the CBMS team conducted the same training in the municipality of Bugasong to be followed by Valderrama on March 20-24, 2017 and Pandan and Culasi in April. (DILG/JCM/PSM/PIA6Antique)