What is PDMS?
PDMS stands for Poverty Database Monitoring System, a profiling and pro-poor targeting tool which has been conceptualized, designed, field-tested and enhanced since 2003 in Bohol as part of efforts to address widespread poverty. The PDMS software is compatible with other database tools, such as Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS), National Household Targeting System (NHTS) and Dev Info.

What does PDMS consist of?

• a questionnaire administered at household level which gathers data on core poverty indicators;

• a software which processes the data from the survey into information used to rank levels of deprivation at various levels:
   - households
   - sub-villages or puroks
   - villages
   - municipalities/cities

• use of the database in planning interventions, monitoring services actually reaching target communities and households and evaluating the impact of such interventions or projects.

What are the core poverty indicators used for ranking households and localities?

These core indicators include the following:
Health Sector
1. water source
2. sanitation
3. malnutrition
4. child mortality
5. maternal mortality

Education Sector
6. school dropouts
7. illiteracy

Economic Sector
8. income
9. food thresholds
10. unemployment

Social Sector
11. housing (whether makeshift, temporary or permanent)
12. land tenure status  where the house is located

What other information/indicators that may be included in PDMS for use in local planning?

• Community and Household Assets
• Environment-related Indicators
• Gender-specific indicators
• Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

How can Local Government Units (LGUs) and other development  partners use PDMS?

PDMS can help LGUs and their partners:
• identify projects based on specific problems affecting individual households.
• allocate resources to local communities and households with relatively higher levels of deprivation.
• track specific services actually delivered to target households and communities
• establish the impact of specific projects.

Where is PDMS used at present?

Outside Bohol:

• LGUs in District 5 Iloilo, Sariaya, San Fernando (La Union) and Lucban, Quezon. In Mindanao, both General Santos City and Tacurong City;    several municipalities in Central Visayas under an NCCA-funded project; four provinces in Mindanao which includes Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, North Cotabato and Sarangani under the EU-funded Peace Build project.


PDMS is now used in:
• the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste
• and in Solomon Islands in the Pacific.
Under the EU-funded Development Resources and Access to Municipal Services (DReAMS) Project, PDMS will be integrated with eco-budgeting and replicated starting 2010 in:
•   India, Bhutan and Bangladesh
In Bohol:
• 47 Municipal LGUs and 1 City for a combined database of around 200,000 households
• CIDA-assisted LGSP-LED projects with enhanced PDMS integrating MSMEs with core poverty indicators in the 8 municipalities of BIAD 5 to be replicated in four other inter-LGU clusters
• World Bank-funded KALAHI-CIDSS project in 12 poorest municipalities in Bohol
• AusAID and PACAP for poverty tracking and evaluation in 17 municipalities

How can LGUs avail of PDMS?

BLDF will assist LGUs and potential clients to prepare a budget. Normally, the funds for the   survey are handled by the clients themselves. The client provides for the airfares or transport costs, accommodation and nominal fees for the two-member team who will train a counterpart survey team and encoder for a minimum two-week assignment in the survey area. Alternatively, a client LGU or organization can organize a core poverty reduction team to undergo a five-day training course at the PDMS training and demonstration center in Bohol.

A software fee is required for installation, use and maintenance of the software. BLDF, the NGO which owns the software, is committed to respond to the demand  that PDMS be made available to a   growing number of LGUs in the Philippines and abroad.

How much does it cost to conduct the household survey and the installation of the software?

This will depend on the scope of the survey, the number of volunteers mobilized, the kind of terrain of the survey area, etc.

In Bohol, the average cost of undertaking the survey, conducting the training activities required, encoding and other related activities average from Php 68- Php 138 ($1.58- $3.21) per household.  The cost can be   reduced with the participation of volunteers from NGOs and academic institutions. The software fee starts at Php 15, 000.00 ($348.84) depending on the category of the municipality.

For inquiries about PDMS, kindly contact:

Bohol Local Development Foundation (BLDF)
Balay Kahayag Training Center, Upper Laya,
Baclayon, Bohol, Philippines
Telefax No. : (038) 540-9327
Website: http://bldf.blogspot.com    

Dr. Nestor M. Pestelos
President,  BLDF
Telefax No.: (038) 540 -9327
Mobile: 0917 104 1450

Related Documents:
  1. CVSCAFT Research on the Uses and Influences of the PDMS on the Poverty Reduction Programs of the LGUs
  2. LPRAP Process
  3. LPRAP Software
  4. Report on PDMS Version 2
  5. PDMS Replication
  6. PDMS Version 3.0 User's Guide
  7. PDMS Version 3.0 Mapping Guide
  8. How to Link PDMS (Poverty Database Monitoring System) to ecoBudgeting in Local-Level Planning And Project Development Process
  9. Habitat Timor Database Project Terminal Report 
  10. Concept Note 
  11. Assessment Report - PDMS BIAD 5
  12. PDMS Random Sampling Guide
  13. Report on PDMS Random Sampling
  14. Report on the Research in Integrating PDMS with SPSS
  15. Local Dev Reporting System 
Powerpoint Presentations:
  1. LPRAP Presentation - UNICEF 
  2. How to Link PDMS to ecoBUDGET in Local Planning
  3. PDMS Software Version 3.0
  4. Summary of Findings and Recommendations - Linking PDMS to ecoBUDGET
  5. Prosperity Fair - BIAD 5

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