Towards Evidence-Based Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting of MDG Progress at the Sub-National Level (2nd Project Report)
In response to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing human poverty portfolio, the Statistical Research and Training Center (SRTC) led a training program to improve data collection and capacity at the local level. With funding boost from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the project supported capacity building activities geared towards establishing and maintaining a community database that will be used in effective planning, implementation and monitoring programs at the local level. During the 1st phase of the project, three barangays were chosen as the pilot recipients in the province of Batangas, namely: Malaking Pook, Pila, and Pook ni Banal. Through an intensive review and analysis of the existing capacity and indicator requirements of the LGUs, a CBMS training course consisting of three modules were developed in the 1st phase. The modules focused mainly on Data Collection, Data Processing System, and Database Building. An additional module on Data Analysis and MDG Report Generation was also introduced. For the 2nd phase of the project, a Training of Trainers (ToT) was conducted. The training intended to develop a pool of local trainers that could be tapped to handle future trainings and equip them with the necessary skills described in the CBMS modules. The ToT was facilitated by SRTC and its regional affiliates from the state universities and colleges (SUCs) and higher education institutions (HEIs) operating in the region.