City, PSA, DILG sign CBMS accord

The city government entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), October 25, at City Hall on the conduct of a pilot Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) in the Summer Capital.      

Mayor Benjamin Magalong represented the city during the signing while PSA Cordillera Dir. Villafe Alibuyog while DILG OIC Cordillera Dir. Araceli San Jose signed for their respective agencies.      

Signing on as witnesses to the agreement are Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, DILG City Dir. Evelyn Trinidad, City Planning and Development Office head Donna Tabangin, and PSA Baguio-Benguet chief statistical specialist Imelda Buyuccan.      

The CBMA is an organized technology-based system of collecting, validating and processing of 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 shall serve as an economic and social tool towards the formulation and implementation of poverty alleviation and development programs which are specific, targeted, and responsive to the basic needs of each sector of the community.     

Specific aims include generating updated and disaggregated data necessary for targeting beneficiaries; conducting more comprehensive poverty analysis and needs prioritization; among others.     

Expected outputs are implementation of CBMS in the city; establishment of CBMS databank; generation of statistical table and poverty maps; and more.     

Data gathering is scheduled to be implemented for the months of October to November for a period of 52 days and enumerators have been assigned per barangay to gather the needed data. 

Upon its completion, a three-day data cleaning and validation will be conducted to ensure data integrity that will then be processed and submitted to the PSA for validation.      
The MOA also included the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved; liabilities; pre-termination clause; among others. — Gaby B. Keith and Cyr Bagayao