TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Armed with the data from its Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) as a poverty assessment tool, the City Local Government of Tabuk is preparing for the annual barangay revisit to directly consult with the people in determining their needs
Eisenhower Bucalen of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) said that with the CBMS, policy makers and program implementers will be provided with more detailed and reliable information that will guide them in the proper planning and budgeting of programs.
With the aim to improve the quality of life of the people through the reduction of poverty incidence by three percent, the CBMS provides the data base for implementers to track the impact of programs introduced, and formulate the necessary reforms to deliver more responsive services to address the people’s concerns based on reflected indicators, Bucalen explains.
The concept he said also support the government’s aspiration to improve the delivery of government programs through a more transparent system of governance, since the resource allocations would be maximized to address poverty while improving the capacity of planners on the process.
Bucalen said this will be the initial year that the CBMS survey results would be fully integrated in the program flow of the barangay revisit, though all the barangays have already adopted the system last year as a dry-run. From this, the city government he said hopes to respond effectively to answer the actual needs of the people.
On January 24, the CBMS task force and technical working group he said will meet to be oriented on how to utilize the survey results during the consultations.
Said survey covers the city’s population demography, health and nutrition status, housing, water and sanitation, basic education, income and livelihood and peace and order.
By Geraldine G. Dumallig