1998 Core Indicators for POPDEV Planning at the Local Level
With the ultimate goal of strengthening Local Government Units (LGUs) and their capacity for population and development planning, the Commission on Population spearheaded the project "POPDEV Planning at the Local Level (PPLL)". This project, conducted in partnership with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), focused on increasing the capacity of planning staff in the local level and developing an indicator system that would reflect crucial action items in population and development planning. These goals prompted the POPCOM to seek the services of Statistical Research and Training Center (SRTC) to come up with a Local Indicator System that conforms to the planning needs of LGUs. To build the Local Indicator System, different population-related variables and measures were gathered from various sources such as the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP), Social Welfare and Development Indicator System, and the United Nations Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development (UNDPCSD). Indicators proposed from related research papers on local level population planning were also considered in the study. The resulting indicators and measures collected were subdivided into groups to ensure that each aspect of population and development planning were represented. These indicator groups included Population-denominated indicators, Economic and Social Impact Analysis Indicators, Indicators of Sustainable Development, Selected Economic and Financial Indicators, Minimum Basic Needs Indicators, Poverty Indicators, Social Welfare Measures, and Housing and Land Use Indicators. After a thorough listing of all indicators collected from relevant sources, core indicators were then selected through a range of criteria set for the study. Each indicator was rationalized to make sure that the final core indicators proposed are measurable, comprehensive, and relevant both to the local and national government. The study was able to identify 109 core indicators which reflect local, national, and sustainable development goals. The core indicators include vital measures such as life expectancy, maternal mortality, and contraceptive prevalence rate. The resulting indicator framework was integrated into a computer-based program installed in the LGUs.