DILG Region 6 welcomed 55 participants and speakers from Visayas and Mindanao as they host the Training of Trainers for Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) for Module II held in the newly rehabilitated Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan on April 22-26, 2019.
The Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD), with funding assistance from the Support to Local Government Program (SLGP) scheduled a series of CBMS modular trainings on Module I- Data Collection, Module II- Data Processing & Poverty Mapping and Module IV- Integrating CBMS into the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) for this year. The participants coming from Regions 6-13 who attended the first module held last April 2019 in Cagayan de Oro City are also the same personnel who participated in the second module to ensure continuity and effective learning. The last module is expected to be done within the 2nd quarter of 2019 in Davao.

During the second modular training, the participants were introduced to applications and software used in data processing and poverty mapping. Speakers from BLGD and the CBMS Network shared their technical expertise on how to properly process the data collected, how to interpret the results and how to create a CBMS database.
The DILG in partnership with the CBMS International Network Coordinating Team of the Angelo King Institute of the De La Salle University has been promoting, advocating and the providing technical assistance in the implementation of CBMS in the Local Government Units (LGUs) since 2003.
Over the years, the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) has been acknowledged and adopted as an effective tool for poverty diagnosis, local planning and budgeting, program design and implementation, and for monitoring the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), now the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“CBMS is being recognized by the national level as an important tool in poverty diagnosis by the LGUs” said BLGD Asst. Dir. Alfonso A. Maralli, Jr. It may be used for poverty-alleviation programs because of the array of data that it can collect to include among others, data pertaining to the proportion of households with access to water, access to sanitation facilities, those who are income poor, those who are informal settlers; the rate of unemployment; the proportion of children going to school.
On February 2019, the Senate approved on third and final reading the Senate Bill No. 2172, otherwise known as the Community-Based Monitoring System Act. The measure aims to establish and maintain a regular monitoring system that is community based and area specific in all barangays wherein data collected shall institutionalize a nationwide databank that can be used by national government agencies and local government units in the formulation and implementation of poverty-alleviation and development programs as well as observing the impacts of such programs regarding the quality of life of the Filipino people.
If the bill is implemented, regular and sychronized data collection shall be conducted by cities and municipalities every three years, with the Philippine Statistics Authority taking the lead as the implementing agency. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), for its part, shall be tasked to develop data-sharing arrangements between government agencies, while the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) shall be responsible to disseminate information relating to activities of the CMBS.
As a result, a growing number of LGUs’ requests for technical assistance concerning CBMS is anticipated. To address this need, DILG being one of the program implementers is also expected to expand their current pool of CBMS Regional and Provincial Trainers.