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The New LGPMS

The New LGPMS: An Introduction

 

 

After a couple of years of LGPMS implementation, flaws on the system (indicators, implementation process, and online database) were observed and experienced.  These flaws were used by the LGPMS Management Team as it aims to continuously enhance the system.   About a year was dedicated in redevelopment and testing.   Now, the LGPMS online is reborn and is ready to serve the users, especially the local government units.

 

The LGPMS, as enhanced, is now dubbed as LGPMS Version 2.   The enhanced version maintains its use as a self-assessment management tool for local governments.  It is a web-based system that has the ability to produce information on the state of local governance performance, and the state of local development, using governance and development indicators.

What are new in this version?   In general terms, revisions are made on the following:

 

1.    LGPMS Characteristics

2.    Conceptual Framework

3.    Indicator Structure, Benchmark and  Calculation

4.    LGPMS Online Reports:  Reporting Framework and Interpretation Guide

5.    The LGPMS Website

 

The specific changes are contained in the succeeding sections.

 

Highlights of changes on the operational issues in the old LGPMS version are:

 

1.    Unavailability of Data - most of the LGUs suffer from dearth of “exact” information, especially on numerical values that the indicators require.  The issue on unavailability of data distorts the information that the LGPMS should be producing.

 

      Improvement in the  LGPMS Version 2

      Except for financial indicators which ask for exact percentage values, the revised LGPMS no longer asks for exact values but instead asks on where the LGU fits on a range of values or description.  In this manner, the respondent can provide estimated but educated information.  It is better to have an estimated information from an LGU expert rather than no information at all.

2.  Validity of Data - In the old LGPMS, there is no specific validation instrument to attest to the validity of data.

      Improvement in the LGPMS Version 2

      In the revised LGPMS,  the LGU respondents are required to affix their signatures in the Certification Page which is attached to the Data Capture Form as a means of testifying the validity of information provided.

3.    Data Capture Form - In the old LGPMS,  the Data Capture Form is separated from the Technical Notes.  The users need to look at the two documents to understand the indicators.  Combining the two documents, the total number of pages reaches to about 200.  This has implication on the printing cost and immediate understanding of indicators by the LGU users. 

 

      Improvement in the LGPMS Version 2

·         Reduced number of pages.   In the revised LGPMS, the Data Capture Forms and the Technical Notes are contained in one document.  The number of pages is reduced from 200 to about 25-50 pages. 

 

·         Simpler and more user-friendly.  The indicators are translated into questions or statements that are easily understood by the respondents.

 

Example:

 

Old LGPMS

Revised LGPMS

1. Real Property Tax Accomplishment Rate

1.    How much is your actual collection from Real Property Tax (RPT) out of the RPT collectibles (in %)?