The Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) was developed in the Philippines by Dr. Celia Reyes in 1993 to fill in the necessary information for more evidence-based planning and program implementation and for monitoring the micro-impacts of macro policies and shocks particularly on the most vulnerable groups of the population. CBMS is an organized process of collecting, processing, validating and use of data for various development concerns. It was designed as a system that can be used and sustained by LGUs overtime and facilitates sharing at each geopolitical level for purposes of better policymaking and program implementation. While it generates a core set of indicators that will enable monitoring of the multidimensional nature of poverty overtime, the system has flexibility to accommodate other indicators that can aid more in-depth analysis of emerging thematic concerns including gender and development, monitoring the millennium development goals and now the sustainable development goals (SDGs), facilitate, and impact monitoring of economic and non-economic shocks among others. Since the adoption of CBMS by LGUs in the Philippines in 2000 as a tool for local development planning, the coverage of CBMS in the country has expanded to 75 provinces (32 of which are implementing CBMS provincewide), 895 municipalities and 76 cities covering at least 24,146 barangays. In 2013, the CBMS Accelerated Poverty Profiling (CBMS APP) was launched and deployed by the CBMS Network Office of DLSU-AKI for use of its LGU partners in response to the accelerating demand from various users to fast track the generation of CBMS data for preparation of development plans and budgets. The implementation of the CBMS APP entails the use of Information Communication Technology tools e.g. tablets with standard CBMS instruments and softwares e.g. CBMS SCAN (for data collection, CBMS StatSIM (for data processing, QGIS (for poverty mapping) and data management tools, and corresponding training modules provided by the CBMS Network through a pool of national/regional/local level CBMS trainers from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Data is transmitted, managed and accessed through the CBMS Portal. The CBMS APP is also being implemented in selected sites in Argentina, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Pakistan, Togo, and Tanzania, and soon in Uganda and South Africa.

CBMS provides

  • Local-level census of poverty indicators
  • Detailed measurement of many dimensions of poverty
  • Identification of households that are poor in each dimension
  • Systematic source of data

CBMS aims to design and pilot community-based systems for monitoring poverty in its multidimensional sense.

Further inquiries about CBMS may be forwarded to:

Angelo King Institute (AKI) for Economic and Business Studies De la Salle University 10th Floor Angelo King International Centre Estrada Corner Arellano Streets, Malate Manila 1004, Philippines