San Fernando City, La Union -- Fourteen local government units (LGUs) in Ilocos Region are preparing for the implementation of Community- Based Monitoring System (CBMS) funded under the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) FY 2016, said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
These LGUS are Laoag City, Badoc, Paoay, and Solsona of Ilocos Norte; Balaoan and San Juan of La Union; and Bautista, Laoac, Mangaldan, San Fabian, San Manuel, Sto. Tomas, Tayug, and Umingan of Pangasinan. These LGUs recently attended the CBMS orientation conducted by the DILG Region 1 field office in Oasis Country Resort, City of San Fernando, La Union.
The CBMS is an organized process for data collection, processing, validation and use of data for various development processes. It is a tool for evidence- based planning that seeks to know the nature and extent of poverty and identify who the poor are, where they are and why they are poor.
Recognizing its use in poverty diagnosis, the CBMS was included in the DILG’s menu of poverty- reduction programs eligible for funding under the BuB FY 2016. It is being implemented by the Department in partnership with the CBMS Network Group of the Angelo King Institute of the De La Salle University- Manila.
The said LGUs who underwent the CBMS orientation were represented by their Local Planning and Development Coordinators, Budget Officers and City / Municipal Local Government Operations Officers. These LGUs had identified CBMS as one of the priority projects in their respective FY 2016 Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP).
DILG R1 Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag said that the CBMS is an essential tool in the LGUS' planning and project implementation processes.
"We believe that you [LGU;] programmed this in your Local poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) because you want complete, comprehensive, and up-to-date data that would guide your future decision-making processes," RD Daquioag said.
During the orientation, the participants were briefed on the documentary requirements, timelines, implementation arrangement, reporting and liquidation, monitoring and evaluation, and grounds for the cancellation and termination of the program.
The LGUS are expected to complete the implementation of the CBMS program by 1st Quarter of 2017.