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The New LGPMS: An Introduction

After a couple of years of LGPMS implementation, flaws on system (indicators, implementation process and on-line 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 on-line 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 uses 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 On-Line Reports
5.  The LGPMS Website

Highlights 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 indicators may require. The issue on unavailability of data distorts the information that the LGPMS should be producing.

Improvement in LGPMS v.2 : Except for financial indicators which asks 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 information from an LGU expert rather than having no information at all.

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

Improvement in LGPMS v.2 : Respondents are now 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 and Technical Notes are two (2) separate documents which is not so facilitative in understanding the indicators. Moreover, these documents reach to about 200 pages  which has printing cost implications.

Improvements in LGPMS v.2 : (a) Reduced number of pages - Data Capture Forms and the Tehnical Notes are now combined which totals to 25-50 pages; (b) Simpler and more friendly - The indicators are translated in questions or statements that are easily understood by the respondents.

(Note: A full version of the LGPMS User‘s Guide is available in the Publications Section.)