By Ameena Tara D. Manio
The Provincial Government of Cagayan (PGC) held an orientation for the newly-hired Community-based Monitoring System (CBMS) job order (JO) employees by the CBMS Committee at the Kammaranan Hall, Capitol Hills, Tuguegarao City.
The CBMS is on its third year of implementation since it was approved by Governor Alvaro T. Antonio under EO 006-2010 on March 25, 2010. The program builds the capacity of members of the community to participate in the development planning and monitoring process of the local government in its various projects.
Governor Antonio mentioned that the Provincial Government needs the services of JO employees to effect programs with the CBMS. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has a total of P13 million fund for this program and a three-day training was planned for the orientation of all the participants on the program.
The correct usage of funds and prompt delivery of services are needed to achieve measurable results in the CBMS program. “It is the responsibility of every employee to do his or her job and do it well,” Governor Antonio said.
The CBMS is a tool by the Provincial Government to effectively respond to the needs of constituents for effectively planning and addressing these needs. The implementation of the CBMS is organized and led by the technical working group with the cooperation of various local government units. Furthermore, it is a tool for improved governance and greater transparency and accountability of government funds.
For two years now, the CBMS committee has been continuously conducting trainings on the CBMS based on three modules. The first module training was conducted in 16 municipalities, while the second module, which includes training, data encoding and map digitizing was conducted in three municipalities. The trained JO employees will find the actual needs and problems of every household in the province.
Moreover, to be able to see the full value of the program, the CBMS process will provide and aid in formulating appropriate interventions and serve as a basis for allocating resources by facilitating prioritization of programs to eligible beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, Edna T. Junio, Provincial Administrator emphasized the need for active involvement of JO employees under the CBMS for the Provincial Government to come up with appropriate programs and services. A total of 122 JO employees attended the orientation. The personal data sheets were filled up by the present JO employees to further reassess their profiles and finalize their designations based on their skills.