New law establishes community-based monitoring system

Published July 16, 2019, 5:58 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Genalyn Kabiling 

The government will establish a community-based monitoring system (CBMS) to ensure efficient implementation of its social protection programs based on a new law signed by President Duterte.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (SCREENSHOT / RTVM / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (SCREENSHOT / RTVM / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Under Republic Act No. 11315, a regular monitoring system will be instituted in every city and municipality as an economic and social tool towards the formulation and implementation of targeted poverty alleviation and development programs.

Regular and synchronized data collection shall be conducted every three years. The system will have approbate security measures for data protection.

“The State shall adopt a community-based monitoring system which generates updated and disaggregated data necessary in targeting beneficiaries, conducting more comprehensive poverty analysis and needs prioritization, designing appropriate policies and interventions and monitoring impact over time,” the law read.

“This data collection shall respect the fundamental human right of privacy, ensure data quality and uphold data protection principles of legitimate purpose transparency and proportionality,” it added.

Community-based monitoring system is defined as “an organized technology-based system of collecting, processing and validating necessary data that may be used for planning, program implementation and impact monitoring at the local level.”

The data will be used by concerned government agencies in prioritizing “timely, relevant and much-needed” social protection programs of government in has identified to have the highest incident of poverty.

Under the law, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) shall be the lead agency in the implementation of the CBMS.

Among its functions are to set standards, develop and review data collection forms; capacitate cities and municipalities in data collection; conduct cross-posting as follow-up capacity building; monitor data collection; act as national repository of poverty data; and process poverty data.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has been assigned develop institutional arrangements on data-sharing while the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will regularly disseminate information related to CBMS.

 
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