Key players from the Upper Rock Quarry Barangay, the City Population Office, and the Commission on Population – Cordillera Administrative Region (POPCOM-CAR) assembled and proposed solutions to problems inherent in their barangay.  The training further served as a platform to reveal other challenges affecting various agencies’ ability to contribute to their community’s development. The establishment of the Local Migration Information System (LMIS) was seen as one of the timely responses to the barangay’s current concerns.

LMIS: A Response to Scarce Information on Local Migration

                Upper Rock Quarry Barangay signified interest to pilot test the LMIS in Baguio City. Since 2015, local officials have been using their own database developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to aid in monitoring their local population and in planning activities.

                Barangay Secretary Eric V. Tandoc presented the particulars of their system. Despite the detailed design of the form, information related to family planning are not available on the said records alone.  This urged the barangay to look for a tool that can be inexpensively maintained and to make their current database all-inclusive.

                After assessment of Ms. Rolagenia G. Reyes from the POPCOM Central Office, the existing database of Upper Rock Quarry was enhanced by the Rider Questionnaire Tool. The added questions were crucial to determine how many and what services are needed in the barangay. These would enable all agencies involved to deliver more responsive health care services in their area.

Upper Rock Quarry barangay officials, City Population officers, and POPCOM-CAR representatives discuss threats to urbanization and remedies to improve their local population monitoring and planning.

Capacity Building: Data Collection

                To ensure that the enhanced LMIS Data Capture Form is used accurately, Ms. Sarah B. Jalilul from the POPCOM Central Office taught the participants what to do before, during, and after the interview process. Queries on how to ask difficult questions, what etiquette to observe during interviews, how to assess the answers, and what techniques to use in preserving the quality and privacy of the data were also resolved.

                A simulation of the interview process allowed the participants-evaluators to apply lessons learned during the training.

Actions Undertaken by the Barangay

                The enthusiasm of the barangay officials became apparent when they scheduled a series of activities that would start the implementation of the LMIS tool. POPCOM Central Office gave a copy of the final tool on January 26, 2018. After two days, POPCOM-CAR delivered 500 copies of the LMIS Questionnaire.

The barangay survey began on February 5, 2018. It is expected to be completed by the end of the month. The modifications on their current database will be finalized in April this year.