The City Government was recognized by the Community-based Monitoring System (CBMS) Network for its best practices and successful implementation of CBMS in 2017 citing the city’s unwavering dedication and commitment towards improving transparency and accountability in governance through sustainable reduction initiatives.
Mayor Beng Climaco personally received the plaque of recognition from Philippine Institute for Development Studies President and CBMS Network team leader Dr. Celia Reyes during the 15th CBMS National Philippines Conference held in Quezon City, March 13-15.
Together with the mayor in receiving the award were Jessical del Olmo of Manus Unidas- ZABIDA, Assistant City Planning and Development Officer Ma. Luz Agbayani, CBMS Focal Persons Jessie Christopher Lapinid and Lourdes Francisco and Public Information Officer Cedrick Zabala.
The CBMS Network team also handed over to the city copies of “The Many Faces of Poverty (Volume 10) as tools to help in poverty reduction and development planning.
On the other hand, Zamboanga City bagged major special awards to include first place in the Best Advocacy Video category and third place in the Best photo Category.
The CBMS special awards recognize local government units that successfully implemented CBMS and utilized the data to monitor and make interventions toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The CBMS is a census that aims to gather household and barangay profile for poverty reduction planning and interventions. It fills-in the data gap in the local level by providing comprehensive and disaggregated local data for various development exercises.
CBMS was implemented in Zamboanga City last 2017 through the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) with funding support from the Department of Interior and Local Government amounting to P12.179M and a local counterpart of P4M. (Sheila Covarrubias)