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PSA turns over 2022 CBMS data to six towns in Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan (PIA) -- The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) turned over another batch of collected data from the 2022 community-based monitoring system (CBMS) to six towns in the province of Palawan.

The municipalities of Busuanga, Balabac, Coron, Dumaran, El Nido, and Rizal are part of the fourth batch of recipients of the 2022 CBMS data from PSA Palawan. These towns have funded the conduct of the survey in their towns.

Senior statistical specialist Jesus Niño Sorima said that indicators included in the survey are the level of food insecurity, education, sanitation, access to the internet and electricity, labor, unemployment, and safety.

Around 102 barangays were covered, with 59,206 households responding to the survey.

“Our CBMS has much potential, not just supplying the most needed data for monitoring our localities’ progress when it comes sa development goal; Identifying areas for policy action and integrating a more data-driven approach for community development,” he said.

Representatives of the local governmen unit of Balabac show the signed data sharing agreement with the Philippine Statistics Authority. (Photo by Rachel Ganancial)

The CBMS data revealed Busuanga as the top municipality whose residents experienced food insecurity among six municipalities. About 55.13 percent of respondents feared not having enough food to eat once in the past 12 months due to a lack of resources.

The combined results of six towns showed that students start to attend school at the age of three, with 35 percent composed of males and 38 percent of females.

However, the decline in attendance is noticeable starting at the age of 19, at 58 to 62 percent in both sexes, of which a larger portion comes from male students. The top reasons cited for withdrawal from school for males are lack of personal interest, family matters, and marriage.

For females, marriage tops the list of factors considered, followed by family matters and a lack of personal interest.

El Nido has the highest number of residents participating in labor at 54.71 percent, of which a large portion comes from the male population. The town of Dumaran, on the other hand, dominated the unemployment rate at 10.58 percent, with the female population holding a large share of it.

In sanitation, Rizal recorded the highest number of residents practicing open defecation, with 20.38 percent. The town also has the lowest number of households with access to the internet at 21.45 percent and to electricity at 44.60 percent.

Mary Jane Celedonio, planning officer of Rizal, believes data generated from CBMS would guide the local government unit in the prioritization of projects. “Kung walang data talagang napakahirap gumawa ng mga plano,” she said.

All towns committed to utilizing the data for various programs, including a comprehensive land use plan,  comprehensive development plan, disaster risk reduction management plan, climate disaster risk assessment, and gender and development plan.

PSA Palawan is yet to turnover CBMS data for five remaining towns and one highly urbanized city. (RG/PIA Mimaropa - Palawan)

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