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CBMS Philippines

Announcements and News Updates

News – Articles

Mt. Province to adopt community–based monitoring system
(Philippine Information Agency Daily News Reader, February 10, 2007)

Kiangan pilots community-based monitoring system
(Philippine Information Agency Daily News Reader, May 10, 2007)

Monitoring system to track down poor families urged
(National Anti–Poverty Commission News, January 30, 2008)

Luzon LGUs support CBMS
(UNDP Philippines, February 11, 2009)

Shield poor from crisis – expert
(Business Mirror, February 17, 2009)

Maydolong Village receives river landing, Gov pledges more projects
(Sinirangan News, August 10, 2009)

Fighting Poverty with Facts – Community–Based Monitoring Systems
(KMAfrica.com, September 28, 2009)

Publication and Online Resource: Community Based Monitoring Systems
(Collective Action and Property Rights News, October 01, 2009)

CBMS Philippines meets on e–Governance strategies
(e–gov, Asia's first Monthly Magazine on e–Government, December 17, 2009)

Community–based monitoring system helps achieve MDGs
(Allvoices.com, December 2009)

Sarangani employs anti–poverty tool
(Sun Star General Santos October 01, 2007 )

CBMS as a tool aids LGUs in poverty reduction, says Sec. Panganiban
(PIA Press Release September 28, 2007)

(CABADBARAN) CITY PLANNING OFFICE Implements CBMS Written by Manuel L. Garces, Jr.
(23 September 2007)

Zamboanga del Norte to adopt Community–Based Monitoring System
(Zamboanga del Norte Website News 2007)

Pockets of Progress: An editorial from Business Mirror
(June 13, 2007)

The Municipality of Sagada, Mt. Province Adopts the CBMS under the UNFPA Project
Monday, March 05, 2007

Workshops and Events

6th CBMS National Conference

Agusan del Sur province presents local poverty statistics using CBMS at the 10th National Convention on Statistics
(October 2, 2007)

PIDS celebrate 5th Development Policy Research Month with a Forum on CBMS
(September 25, 2007)

Third Technical Meeting of the CBMS–GRB – Manila, Philippines
May 22, 2007


Fighting poverty: Lessons learned from community–based monitoring system implementation highlights of case studies
Victoria A. Bautista –Journal of Administration and Governance Vol. 2 No. 1 July 2007 (82 KB)

CBMS Philippines Frequently Asked Questions
(1040 KB)

Who Benefits from the Food–for–School Program: Lessons in Targeting
Manasan, Rosario G.,Cuenca, Janet S. – PIDS Discussion Paper No. 07–10

Alternative Means Testing Options Using CBMS Celia M. Reyes – PIDS Discussion Paper No. 06–22 (1490 KB)

Gender–Responsive Budgeting through the CBMS Lens
Budlender, Debbie, Reyes, Celia M, Melesse, Martha – PIDS Discussion Paper No. 06–17 (625 KB)

CBMS BOOK: Developing and Piloting a Gender–Responsive Community–Based Planning and Bugdeting Tool for Local Governance

CBMS BOOK: The Many Faces of Poverty (Volume 1)
Part 1 (6760 KB)
Part 2 (4170 KB)


CBMS The Philippine Experience

Global Financial and Economic Crisis
(Dr Micheal Spence)


CBMS Database at PIDS

MDG Benchmarking and Progress Monitoring using CBMS

About CBMS – Philippines

The Community–Based Monitoring System is one of the tools developed in the early 1990s under the Micro Impacts of Macroeconomic Adjustment Policies (MIMAP) Project – Philippines to provide policymakers and program implementers with a good information base for tracking the impacts of macroeconomic reforms and various policy shocks.

The CBMS work in the Philippines evolved after it was observed that there was no disaggregated data then for planning, program formulation, policy impact and poverty monitoring. There was also a need for support mechanisms for the implementation of the decentralization policy. The CBMS is envisioned to serve as a tool for local governance and complement the national poverty monitoring system. The CBMS can likewise facilitate the implementation of targeted poverty reduction programs with its household and individual level data as well as the monitoring and evaluation of these poverty reduction programs.

Today, the CBMS has been adopted by the National Anti–Poverty Commission (NAC) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as the local poverty monitoring system and as a tool for localizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the country. Efforts are underway with the help of national government agencies, local government units (LGUs), non–government organizations (NGOs) and donor agencies to scale up the implementation of the CBMS.

CBMS Philippines Frequently Asked Questions (1.1MB)

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Project Activities

  • Technical collaboration with partner LGUs, NGOs, donor agencies and other development stakeholders on the implementation and full-scale institutionalization of a CBMS.
  • Provision of technical support to concerned national government agencies and other interest groups on poverty assessment and monitoring system–related initiatives as well as in the building of a national repository of CBMS data.
  • Advocacy with government and non–government funding organizations for the use of CBMS data in formulating appropriate policies and programs and in targeting eligible beneficiaries.
  • Conduct of training workshops on data collection, manual and computerized data processing, data validation, and preparation of socioeconomic profiles using CBMS data.
  • Conduct of studies ⁄ documentation relating to decentralization and governance, poverty monitoring, applications of CBMS data on geographic information system and preparation of development profiles.
  • Refinement of earlier CBMS methodology developed to incorporate recent developments and demands from partners.
  • Documentation and dissemination of CBMS experience and related-findings of local partners

Poverty Maps

Further details

Partner Institution

The CBMS – Philippines Project is being implemented by the Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies (AKI) of De La Salle University Manila.

The DLSU-AKI's corporate vision merges with its founding institutions' drive for research excellence, policy relevance and overriding concern for poverty alleviation. The institute intends to establish a niche in the area of research by integrating economic an business studies, and by combining macro and micro perspectives. Specifically, the institute hopes to contribute to the improvement of national and local policies and programs, and the strengthening of support institutions. In additions, the institute also expects to help alleviate poverty and pursue sustainable development in teh country trhough its various research programs.

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Further details

Contact Information

Dr. Celia M. Reyes
CBMS–Philippines Project Director

Address: Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies
De La Salle University
Room I-1016 10th Floor, Angelo King International Center
Estrada Corner Arellano Avenue, Malate, Manila, 1004, Philippines

Telephone Number: (632) 5262067; 5245333

Fax Number: (632) 5262067 ⁄ 5245347

Email: mimap@dls-csb.edu.ph

Research Team Members

Anne Bernadette E. Mandap
Kenneth C. Ilarde
Lani V. Garnace
Jasminda A. Quilitis
Joel E. Bancolita
Marsmath A. Baris Jr.
Juan Paulo M. Fajardo

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