Pursuant to Republic Act No. 11315, otherwise known as the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Act approved on 17 April 2019, and the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) signed on 20 May 2020, the PSA is mandated to implement the CBMS.
What is CBMS?
CBMS as defined by the law refers to an organized technology-based system of collecting, processing and validating necessary disaggregated data that may be used for planning, program implementation and impact monitoring at the local level while empowering communities to participate in the process. It involves the generation of data at the local level which serves as a basis in targeting households in the planning, budgeting and implementation of government programs geared towards poverty alleviation and economic development. This system merges the methodologies used in data collection activities of all national agencies, geo-tagging, and the CBMS implemented by local government units (LGUs). It entails a census of households undertaken by the LGUs with the participation of the community using an accelerated poverty profiling system in the data collection, processing, mapping and analysis of data. Data that will be generated by the CBMS are the compendium of localized facts, figures, and maps on the different dimensions of poverty such as health, nutrition, water, sanitation, shelter, education, income, employment, security, and participation.
What are the objectives of the CBMS?
As stated in the CBMS Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), the following are the main objectives of the CBMS:
- to adopt a community-based monitoring system which generates updated and disaggregated data necessary in targeting beneficiaries;
- to conduct more comprehensive poverty analysis and needs prioritization
- to design appropriate policies and interventions;
- to provide mechanism for impact monitoring over time;
- to provide information that will enable a system of public spending that warrants government allocation on areas and populace that are most wanting;
- to establish a data collection, data sharing, and information management system which shall respect the fundamental human right to privacy, ensure data quality, and uphold data protection principles of legitimate purpose, transparency, and proportionality;
- to establish CBMS database at the national and city/municipal level; and
- to generate relevant statistics at higher levels that will complement and supplement the local level data.