Poverty Database Monitoring System (PDMS)

The Poverty Database Monitoring System (PDMS) for Local Governments is a database software, which has been developed by the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) of Bohol along with the Bohol Local Development Foundation (BLDF).

The database consists of 18 indicators, which record and rank the levels of deprivation in the 47 municipalities and 1 city of Bohol Province, including literacy, electricity, garbage disposal, sanitation, unemployment, water and waste water disposal among others. The system and its indicators can be finetuned according to each city's requirements.

PDMS can act as a tool for governance by identifying and ranking the levels of deprivation at the municipal, village and household level and identifying areas requiring poverty reduction support.

The PDMS can track the impact of specific interventions including their correlation over time and it provides data on which policy decisions can be made. It has proven to be a vital tool, helping to bring about convergence of efforts of all development partners in addressing basic social, economic and environmental problems of communities.