21 October 2016

Why Is CBMS Important to LGUs?

The Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Network was launched in 2002 by the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) Network with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)-Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The CBMS International Network generally aims to assist its members develop, refine and institutionalize community-based monitoring systems in developing countries, and to promote CBMS knowledge and initiatives internationally.

The Network also promotes evidence-based policymaking, program design and implementation while empowering local communities to participate in the process .

The Network has facilitated the development and implementation of CBMS in about 20 countries covering Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam in Asia; Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Haiti, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia in Africa; Argentina, Bolivia and Peru in Latin America.

CBMS is an important tool for local government units (LGUs) and national agencies because it provides policymakers and program implementers with a good information base for tracking the impacts of macroeconomic reforms and various policy shocks. It basically offers an organized way of collecting information at the local level .

CBMS also attempts to build and strengthen the capacity of planners and program implementers at the national and local levels for an improved and more transparent system of resource allocation and governance. A major objective of CBMS is to assist in poverty reduction. In so doing, there are other corollary benefits achieved like building the capacities of LGUs, increasing gender equity, and eliciting early warning signs of crisis.

Once a local government unit decides to adopt the CBMS, a number of activities are needed to be carried out in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Technical assistance is being provided for free by the CBMS Team and its partner agencies. These include provision of technical support in the conduct of training workshops on data collection, computerized data processing, data validation and preparation of socioeconomic profiles and development plans using CBMS data.

Computerized processing system softwares, such as the CBMS Encoding System, Statistics Simulator and the CBMS-NRDB, are also being provided for free to partner LGU.

CBMS can complement existing databases by providing a regular source of information on socioeconomic attributes of communities to further enrich the contents and usefulness of existing databases. A number of local government units were able to get funding support from international organizations in the past for setting up databanks containing information on children, environment and the like. CBMS can help enrich these databases by providing a complete set of household, barangay, municipal/city and provincial level information.