Poverty Threshold

About Project EMPOWERinG (Enhanced Monitoring System on POverty Watch for a more Effective and Responsive Approach in Governance)

 Project Overview

The Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) among others is Spotlight Image  a tool introduced by the United Nations Development Program  (UNDP) to local government units (LGU) to help diagnose the   extent and causes of poverty in an area. This  will enable the   formulation and assessment on impacts of policies and programs of   the LGU and identify the target beneficiaries. In Misamis Oriental,   which registered a 28.5% poverty incidence, 14 municipalities have started to adopt and implement CBMS to attain poverty reduction.  However, those municipalities cannot fully utilize the system due to lack of capacity and resources to validate and process the data.

Project EMPOWERinG, a Public Private Partnership (PPP) took the   initiative to help the selected municipalities in Misamis Oriental and   achieve economic growth. This is through capacity building for the  LGUs to acquire the necessary technical skills and know-how in   utilizing development tools. The project addresses the gaps in fully  utilizing development tools like CBMS especially in integrating the   data with geographic information system (GIS) mapping. CBMS-GIS  integration will fully help the municipalities identify their   improvement areas which is one step in poverty alleviation.

The target activities of the PPP is made possible through the joint efforts and expertise of the German funding agency DEG, partners from the Philippines – Steag State Power, Inc., CBMS Network, Department of Interior & Local Government (DILG), Xavier University (XU), Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), the Provincial Planning Office of Misamis Oriental and the Municipal Planning and Development Office of the selected LGUs – Medina, El Salvador, Opol, Tagoloan, Jasaan and Laguindingan.

Beneficiary LGUs: