Duterte signs law on community-based poverty analysis

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 16 2019 11:00 AM

A mother takes care of her child at a makeshift house under a bridge in Manila on Friday. Despite several operations by authorities to drive informal settlers out of public areas, vagrants living under bridges still come back to the same spots because of lack of alternatives. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law forming a community-based monitoring system that aims to improve poverty analysis in the country.

Under Republic Act No. 11315 or the Community-Based Monitoring System Act, local communities are ordered to help in the collection and verification of household data in their area, which can be used in the implementation of poverty alleviation programs.

The data collection system is eyed to help in “targeting beneficiaries, conducting more comprehensive poverty analysis and needs prioritization, designing appropriate policies and interventions, and monitoring impact over time.”

Some 9.5 million Filipino families consider themselves poor as of the first quarter of 2019 according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Signed by the President last April 17, the new law requires cities and municipalities to collect data every 3 years with the assistance of a government statistician.

Duterte designated the Philippine Statistics Authority to lead the implementation of the new law by setting standards for collecting data.

The law also assures Filipinos of their right to privacy, noting that participation in the data collection is “purely voluntary.”