SAN JOSE, Antique
– After last year’s data gathering using the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) introduced by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), five municipalities in the Province of Antique are now ready to process the data.
The CBMS is a poverty monitoring system that collects household and barangay information. It is a tool used by LGUs to know who the poor are, where they are and why they are poor. The data collected can be used by the LGUs as inputs in decision making and formulation of development plans through a poverty survey.
“We want local decision making to be based on facts.” said Victorio S. Pagapulan, DILG Antique Provincial Director.
PD Pagapulan added that results of the CBMS will guide the decision makers at the local level to develop projects that are responsive to the community’s needs.

CBMS covers a total of four modules- Data Collection, Data Processing and Poverty Mapping, Barangay Development Plan (BDP) formulation, and Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) formulation.
Currently, five LGUs are undergoing training for the second module which started on Jan. 29, 2018 until Feb. 2, 2018 at Cindy’s Events and Catering, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique. The training is participated by the municipalities of Belison, San Jose de Buenavista, Pandan, Tobias Fornier and Sibalom. The participants are composed of the MLGOOs, CBMS Focal Persons, MPDCs and 2 Information Technology Officers and are being trained on how to properly process the data collected, interpret the results, prepare poverty maps and generate a database. CBMS Regional Focal Person Anna Carolina Jardiolin and Regional IT Officer Rosemae Songcuya of DILG Region 6 guided the participants throughout the whole module.
“There will be another cluster for the Module 2 training to be conducted on the first quarter of 2018”, said Provincial CBMS Focal Person Hennesey Gasataya. The second cluster will be participated by the municipalities of Culasi, Valderrama and Bugasong.
The data collected using the CBMS can be used by the LGUs as inputs in the formulation of development plans and poverty reduction programs. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)