COTABATO CITY– Regional government agencies are setting community targets for development programs through Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS).
CBMS as a technical strategy in planning draws up community programs or the lack of it in order to map up effective development interventions by the government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao through its ARMM-HELPS (Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance, and Synergy) flagship convergence approach.
The Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) in partnership with the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources, and Interior and Local Government (DILG) conducted CBMS Orientation in preparation for a socio-economic survey in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Marawi City. It was held at the Sardonyx Plaza and Restaurant, Cotabato City on September 4-5, 2013.
Also in the two-day training were members of the Bangsamoro Youth and Extension Services, Inc. (B-EYES) led by Mr. Shajid Quituar, who have been tapped as principal enumerators of barangay household surveys in areas identified as ARMM-HELPS priority in mainland provinces.
Baseline data gathered from CBMS serve as basis in determining priority needs of communities, and are also used in monitoring the impact of program implementation. Among the priority barangays in Maguindanao are Barangay Making in Parang, Barangay Tubak in Ampatuan, and Barangay Laguitan in Datu Blah Sinsuat; as well as Barangays Dilabayan in Taraka, Rantian in Ditsaan-Ramain in Lanao del Sur and Barangay Cabingan in Marawi City.
Hadja Helen P. Ahmad and Mr. Alibaer Pangandaman of the DILG-ARMM served as the resource speakers during the two-day orientation.
In her opening statement, Executive Director Baintan A. Ampatuan stressed that the CBMS orientation has been conceptualized in an effort to come up with a reliable, accurate and validated data as basis for planning and monitoring the implementation of the ARMM-HELPS Convergence.
The orientation is part of the commitments of the RPDO, DENR and DILG to the ARMM-HELPS Convergence. The preparation of community/barangay profiles shall serve as basis in identifying priority needs of the priority areas.
With this, she challenged the volunteers to come-up with reliable and accurate sets of data in the conduct of the household surveys.
Dir. Ampatuan also opened up to the participants an ongoing Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) and encouraged the volunteers to join. It was learned that the search is open to all volunteers, either organizational or as an individual.
DENR Regional Secretary, Kahal Q. Kedtag assured the safety of the volunteers involved in the enumeration for the actual household and barangay surveys. He said his department has already coordinated with the forest rangers in the priority barangays. Also, the DENR Provincial Offices are willing to accommodate the volunteers.
Atty. Anwar A. Malang, Regional Secretary of the DILG, emphasized the importance of CBMS as a tool in gathering the factual and actual data from the communities.
Engr. Mlang U. Madal, RPDO Assistant Executive Director, thanked the DENR for spearheading the conduct of household surveys and the DILG for the technical inputs on CBMS. He also thanked the DENR volunteers for their time and participation in the two-day orientation. (LMM/RPDO with NBM)