La Union City implements monitoring program to improve services

La Union City implements monitoring program to improve services

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The city government here implemented a program last April 17 to better understand the needs of residents through a Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS).

The CBS is a tool for collecting data on the socio-economic profile of households in the villages. Aimed at helping local government units in programs that cater to the needs of the people, it is also designed to ensure transparency and accountability in the use of government resources.

The system was developed by the Policy for Economic Policy-Community Based Monitoring System (PEP-CBMS) based in the De La Salle University-Angelo King Institute and is now used as a tool against
poverty in more than 15 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The first phase of the CBMS is data- gathering that started last April 17 and ends in May 31 this year.Field enumerators have been going around village households gathering information on health, income and livelihood, education and access to basic services and facilities. The data will then be processed to be used for the program planning and implementation of the city government.

Last April 20, Mayor Hermenegildo Gualberto joined field enumerators in data-gathering. He interviewed Nanay Imelda C. Diaz, a 65, who has been living in Barangay Catbangen since she was eight years old.

After his one-on-one interview, Gualberto said he learned a lot from city residents.”Just imagine how much we can learn when we talk to every citizen in the city,” he added.

“With this system, we can now effectively design evidence-based programs and projects that will help us build a city where citizens are empowered because their basic needs are addressed, ” he said.  Erwin Beleo/