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More focused poverty reduction activities are desired by the House.

The House of Representatives wants the government to focus its poverty-reduction efforts on the identified regions with the greatest rates of poverty, in order to help the Duterte administration meet its target of reducing poverty rates to 14% or less by 2022.

House Resolution No. 2390, which asks for the construction of an integrated poverty framework to link poverty data with the efficacy of government anti-poverty programs, was passed during Wednesday’s plenary session.

The resolution also calls for the implementation of a whole-of-government, if not a whole-of-society, strategy to address poverty, so that government agencies and the private sector can work together to solve poverty’s multi-faceted character.

The community-based monitoring system (CBMS) is thought to be the best tool to capture the occurrence and severity of poverty at the municipal and city levels, according to the report.

The CBMS nationwide data collection is set to begin in July 2022, with preliminary CBMS data to be released in January 2023, with data collecting prioritizing cities and municipalities in the fourth to sixth classes.

Meanwhile, the new Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 result matrices clearly show which areas of poverty reduction programs are achieving objective outcomes and which are trailing behind.

The resolution calls on the Philippine Statistics Authority to work with the Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to build capacity in all fourth to sixth class local government units (LGUs) for immediate data collection, processing, and use under the CBMS.

It encourages the DILG to include the implementation of the CBMS and the effective use of generated data for evidence-based development planning, particularly data for progress and performance monitoring on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the PDP, in the criteria for awardee-LGUs for the Seal of Good Governance.

The findings matrices will be used by the National Economic and Development Authority to monitor the success of government entities that conduct programs for the poor and disenfranchised.

Finally, each government agency undertaking poverty alleviation initiatives should have its performance scorecard aligned with or aware of NEDA’s results matrix in monitoring and evaluating the success of those programs.

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