THE proposed budget for the community-based surveillance system (CBMS) will not be able to cover all cities and municipalities next year, according to the Statistics Authority of the Philippines (PSA).
In a recent information forum, PSA Deputy National Statistician Grace J. Castillo said the proposed CBMS budget was only 574.16 million pesos and could only cover at least 93 municipalities.
With this, Castillo said, the PSA will prioritize 5th and 6th class municipalities as well as those still unclassified but located in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
“[Based on the] law, all cities and municipalities should be covered; but the budget available to us is always a recommendation, ”Castillo said. “Cities and municipalities will come from the poorest cities and municipalities. “
Castillo said the initial batch of 93 towns and municipalities will include 27 6th class municipalities, 21 unclassified municipalities primarily located in the Barmm and at least 45 5th class municipalities.
Although CBMS is not new and some local government units (LGUs) are already using it to track local development indicators, Castillo said the goal is to eventually have a single source of CBMS data, which is that obtained via the PSA.
“Our intention is that we only have one CBMS and that is the CBMS led by PSA. The CBMS performed by our LGUs will eventually be stopped once we start implementing CBMS at the PSA, ”Castillo said in the vernacular.
“This concomitant period of implementation of the law is considered a period of transition; therefore their initiatives to do CBMS, based on the old methodology, are in the process of being completed, ”she explained. “We are not saying that they should stop their efforts because we see these initiatives as very useful for them. They should continue and complete these efforts during the transition period.
The CBMS, which was promulgated in 2019, will provide data support for the Multidimensional Poverty Index, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators, community development plans and local registers.
National statistician Claire Dennis S. Mapa told BusinessMirror earlier that CBMS will capture more non-income poverty indicators such as health, nutrition, water, sanitation, housing, education. , security and participation, among others.
CBMS was developed by the De La Salle University team led by former President of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, Celia M. Reyes, in the early 1990s. In 1995, CBMS was used for the Micro-Impacts of Macroeconomic Adjustment Policies (MIMAP) project in the Philippines.
The system seeks to provide policy makers and program implementers with a good information base to monitor the impacts of macroeconomic reforms and various political shocks.