September 30, 2023

Residents who have stayed in Baguio for at least six months are encouraged to participate in the data gathering for the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) to be implemented by the city government.

Through the CBMS, the city aims to collect data to assist the local government in formulating programs and policies to address the needs of households.

Enumerators have been assigned per barangay to gather data from October to November.

In the data gathering, the city will use the Household Profile Questionnaire (HPQ) and the Barangay Profile Questionnaire (BPQ) as the main data collection instruments.

The HPQ serves as a means to identify and capture the current well-being of individual households.

This can help in detecting deprivations and vulnerabilities faced by households, whether it is related to income, health, education, or employment needs among others.

The HPQ also assists in the monitoring of program beneficiaries, climate change perception and its effects, as well as disaster preparedness.

The BPQ, on the other hand, provides a general knowledge of the situation and environment of the locality.

It presents an overview of current land use, accounts for the availability of basic facilities, and illustrate the condition of disaster preparedness, peace and order, and government finance and planning.

CBMS data can be used for disaster risk mapping, for plotting socioeconomic information, as well as for targeting beneficiaries of a program or policy.

The core sets of indicators – health, nutrition, housing, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, income, employment, and peace and order – aim to present a picture of the community’s general wellbeing and provide a status for each developmental need.

The disaggregated aspect of the data further expounds on who are most affected, while the availability of geographic coordinates determines the location of those individuals.

By consolidating the BPQ and HPQ, policymakers can make better and more informed decisions based on household needs and the available resources.

The CBMS also promotes inclusive growth within communities by providing a basis for equitable access to opportunities and services.

Instead of selecting projects based on subjective ideas about the needs of the community, local planners and implementers can use the CBMS data to properly prioritize, plan, and choose higher impact projects for their community.

Specifically, data obtained from CBMS may be used as basis in the formulation of various local level plans, programs and projects, including the CDP, EP, GAD database and other data requirements needed by the city government.

By providing data at the household and barangay level, CBMS fills the gaps in present information and offers an up-to-date picture of the development status and welfare conditions of households and their individual members.

Upon completion of the data gathering, a three-day data cleaning and validation will be conducted to ensure data integrity.

The data will then be processed and submitted to Philippine Statistics Authority for validation. – Cyr G. Bagayao