LGUs asked to support community-based poverty monitoring system in Bicol Region

By Marlon Atun


LEGAZPI CITY --- The chief of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Bicol appealed to local government units (LGU) in Bicol to take part in the implementation of Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) in their localities, saying LGUs’ participation will ensure that data gathered from the household are cut out for statistical analysis.


PSA Regional Director Cynthia Perdiz said that so far, Sorsogon is the only province in Bicol with 100 percent support to CBMS.


PSA is currently partnering with 39 LGUs in Bicol in the conduct of CBMS.


Of 114 cities and municipalities in the region, 39 from five provinces or 34.21 percent joined the August 2022 CBMS round.


Seventeen of the 39 CBMS or 43.59% were by PSA while the remaining 22 were LGU funded.


PSA is optimistic that 28 LGUs including Albay’s three cities will join the October 2022 CBMS round.


The CBMS is a form of research survey like the census on population with variation in the data from the household respondents. The difference is that the CBMS survey form is composed of 39 pages and the respondent has to be patient in answering the given questions for at least one hour.


The program aims to gather the necessary information from target publics particularly on providing data support to holistic multifaceted poverty analysis and it is designed to gather and generate reliable localized data statistics on health, nutrition, water, community participation, status of government project and many others.


Perdiz emphasized that the program will also provide locally disaggregated data that will help local level planning and asses poverty at the barangay level in cities and municipalities.


The results of the CBMS will also be used in the computation of multidimensional poverty index and development goals indicators.


The PSA’s provincial statistical officers and the LGUs will be spearheading the 2022 CBMS operations in their respective areas of concern to address the basic needs of the community.


The PSA successfully launched its CBMS program in Bicol last August with a press conference in Legazpi City. (PIA5)