June 20, 2024

The comprehensive Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) data sets from the Philippine Statistics Authority will be transferred to the city in simple ceremonies on March 27 at the Baguio Cultural and Convention Center.
As known from the City Planning, Development and Sustainability Office (CPDSO), the data was collected when CBMS was piloted in the city in October to December 2021. It was transferred to the national office, and now reverted to usable form by the local government unit.
CBMS is a grassroots and organized technology-based, collection, processing, validating, assessment and diagnostic tool of disaggregated data as to the causes of poverty in the barangay, municipality, city and provincial level. The results are used as bases for economic and social tools, and to formulate poverty alleviation and development programs such as government infrastructure and other projects.    
It is also a gauge for a local government unit’s greater transparency and accountability as to resource allocation or budgeting, CPDSO head Donna Tabangin said.   
Data is culled from the following aspects: health, nutrition, housing, water and sanitation, education, income, employment, peace and order, animal and agricultural data, infrastructure and gender.
A provision in the agreement states that information from individuals and households are confidential and covered by the Data Privacy Act of 2021 and other laws.
A training for data protection officers, local government unit officials and stakeholders is scheduled on March 23 and 24 and will focus on local CBMS database management, data privacy measures, data sharing protocols, and use and operation of the CBMS databank.    
The raining is a part of the final implementation of the CBMS program in the city. – Julie G. Fianza