THE Congress of the Philippines formally recognized the role, significance and impact of the CBMS or Community-Based Monitoring System by way of Republic Act No. 11315.
In the preamble of RA No. 11315, it states that: it is the policy of the State to free the people from poverty through policies that provide adequate social services, deliver a rising standard of living, promote full employment and make available an improved quality of life for all.
The reason for its enactment is very laudable as it provides encompassing and comprehensive coverage for all Filipinos. It opens the access to the State, social protection and welfare programs that address the people's minimum basic needs.
It also highlights the role of the State in adopting a community-based monitoring system which "generates updated and disaggregated data necessary in targeting beneficiaries at village levels, conducting more comprehensive poverty analyses and needs prioritization, designing appropriate policies and interventions and monitoring impact over time".
Additionally, the data collection system shall make sure of the respect for the fundamental human right of privacy, ensure data quality and uphold data protection principles of legitimate purpose transparency and proportionality.
The act proceeds to define Community-Based Monitoring System and Geo-tagging and orders the establishment and institution of CBMS in every city and municipality 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.
Mayor Crisostomo Garbo extends his full support to CPDO for the successful implementation of the CBMS.
The CPDO of the city government of Mabalacat, headed by Rosan Paquia, EnP, and concurrent Chief of Staff, probably pioneered the institution of the CBMS in the whole province and has gone through seminars for its effective implementation particularly the barangays.
It conducts regular seminars and trainings for its qualified evaluators and the monitoring of results is also being done on a regular basis.
Perry Pangan, the general manager of DWRW 95.1 FM celebrated his 65th birthday last Wednesday, Jly 17, 2019. I witnessed the warm reception at the radio station where his staff greeted him and the taped voices of his children and grandchildren based in Singapore and Canada.
More birthdays to come, dear brother!