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The second set of discussions, held on the second day of the activity, revolves around the theme Role of CBMS in Accelerating Development and Poverty Reduction Agenda and aimed to discuss the various uses potentials of the CBMS in monitoring and achieving development targets in poverty-stricken countries.

 Mayors Cielo Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco City, Leyte, Philippines and Antonio Raymundo of Orion, Bataan, Philippines presented how the CBMS can help monitor the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the local level. Most of the MDGs could be monitored using the CBMS and thus appropriate interventions could be made.

Mayor Raymundo likewise mentioned that to institutionalize the implementation of the MDG – responsive interventions, project, plans and activities (PPAs) will be integrated in the Municipal Development Plan as well as in the Barangay Development Plans.

Meanwhile Dr. Leonor Briones of the Social Watch Philippines presented how Social Watch coordinates with the CBMS and acknowledge the CBMS to be a powerful tool. She also introduced the “Basic Capability Index” and said that the CBMS can provide the indicators that Social Watch requires as well as additional indicators specific to localities.

Excerpts from a research paper presented during the 7th PEP Network General Meeting on 9-12 December, Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City, Metro, Manila.

Source:
CBMS Network Update
www.pep-net.org, ISSN: 1908-6989
Vol. VI No. 2, March 2009, Page 8

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