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Diverse Abilities: Listahanan stories of Persons with Disabilities

According to the latest Listahanan data, Persons with Disability (PWD) constitute 1.1% of the poor individuals or a total of 320,922 in the entire Philippines. But not all of them are bound to their disabilities or waiting for assistance. For we have a list of PWDs in region 7 who proved that they too can work equally with people without disabilities as Listahanan field staff.

Rommel S. Belonguel, Listahanan Verifier

Rommel Belonguel

Rommel, 42 years old with orthopedic impairment is a single father to a 4yr old boy. His online business of buying and selling motor parts serves as his main source of income. He admitted that this is not enough, that is why when he heard about the opportunity from his friend that DSWDs Listahanan is hiring some staff, he immediately applied and got hired. He thanked DSWD for the opportunity to work with Listahanan 3.

As a Listahanan verifier, his main job is to check the encoded Household Assessment Forms (HAF) against the actual forms if they match. If there are minor errors that can be edited, then he will make the necessary corrections. But if not, then the forms will be returned to the encoder.

Rommel was only 4 months old, when he suffered from Polio. Since he was still young when infected with polio, he grew up already accustomed of the way he walks. During his elementary days, when children around bullied him, he fought back without holding back. His teachers would always side with him because they knew he was bullied.

Matt Calvin M. Tion, Listahanan Encoder

Deaf since birth, Matt is a happy 24-year-old guy who loves to travel and talk with family and friends. A Bachelor of Science in Information Technology graduate, Matt worked with Listahanan 2 way back 2015. So, working with Listahanan 3 is not new to him.

Matt Calvin Tion

His main task as a Listahanan encoder is to input the information from the HAFs to the computer system. He has to make sure also that the data encoded on the system are correct and complete.

Matts disability did not hinder his positivity. Asked on how he feels to be deaf, he proudly wrote “I am happy and I can do anything”. He added that he wants to learn new things and willing to work hard.

He is in a relationship for eight years now and he admitted that it is getting stronger. His girlfriend is also deaf. They were high school classmates at Mandaue City Central Integrated SPED school.

Geronimo Crisostomo, Listahanan Verifier

Dako ko ug pasalamat sa DSWD, ilabi na sa AVRC nilang Sir Graeme nga andam mutabang sa pareha namong gustong mobangon” (I’m so thankful to DSWD, especially to the AVRC staff like Sir Graeme because they are willing to help people like me who wants to rise up from my situation)

Geronimo is a soft spoken 24-year-old man who was born with orthopedic disability or impairment. He has a degree in Computer programming and he is also a vocational graduate from Area Vocational and Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II of DSWD in Labangon, Cebu City.

His work as a Listahanan verifier is very crucial since he has to double check the encoded HAFs if it has the same information with the actual forms. If necessary, he will have to return back the HAFs to the encoder if he sees that it has a lot of errors.

Geronimo Crisostomo

This is his first job and he is happy with the work and the workplace because it is accessible for PWDs like him. He added that it was Sir Graeme who encouraged him to apply for Listahanan.

When asked how he was able to have a positive outlook in life despite his condition, he said it is more of being true to one self, “Nadawat nako kung unsa ko” (I have accepted for who I am).

Listahanan is proud to have these people under its wings who despite the additional challenges of their condition and of being part of the vulnerable and disadvantaged sector they, too, can do something for others who are of the same vulnerability. A true measure of resiliency. ###


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DSWD to update Listahanan database

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 7 through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) conducted a mass hiring of field staff for the implementation of the 3rd round of Listahanan household assessment for 2019.

Applicants filling out their form during the simultaneous mass hiring of field staff for Listahanan 3rd round of assessment in Carmen, Bohol.

This is in compliance with Section 2 of EO 867 which requires the DSWD to update the NHTS-PR every four years.

The simultaneous screening for the Listahanan applicant for Encoders, Verifiers, Enumerators, Area Supervisors and Area Coordinators were conducted in the different parts of the region from July 16 – 26.

The hired applicants will conduct the household assessment to identify who and where the poor are with the use of Proxy Means Test (PMT).

The data that will be gathered from the household assessment will be used as a basis for the selection of beneficiaries for the social protection programs

The first Listahanan household assessment was conducted on 2009 and Listahanan was able to identify 314,654 poor households in region 7.

While the second round assessment on 2015, Listahanan identified 534,433 poor households across Central Visayas. ###


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DOLE receives DSWD Listahanan data

The increased awareness of the importance of the Listahanan data in planning for programs and services, more agencies and institutions have expressed to have these data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

One of these agencies is the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in region 7.

Mr. Hillton John V. Edrial and Mr. Donald Rey Dejacto, NHTS – 7 officers gave the Listahanan data to the DOLE – 7 Data Protection Officer (DPO) Mr. Crepon A. Dicdican II with the presence of DOLE-7 Regional Director Ms. Salome O. Siaton.

According to Mr. Dicdican, the data from Listahanan will be useful in their advocacy against child labor in the region 7.

Mr. Dejacto installed the data on the assigned server together with Mr. Dicdican after the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) were signed and other requirements were completed.

This is in accordance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 implemented by the National Privacy Commission (NPC) to protect personal information of anyone and uphold the rights to privacy by regulating the processing of personal information.

DSWD’s Listahanan or National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is a database and an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. ###


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NHTS shares Listahanan 2 data to Cebu Province

The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) turned-over and installed the latest data of Listahanan 2 to Cebu Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) on January 10, Thursday, at Cebu Capitol main hall building.

Mr. Hillton John V. Edrial and Mr. Donald Rey Dejacto, NHTU officers hand over the data to PSWDO Marivic Racho-Garces, the PDO of Cebu Province.

Mr. Hillton John V. Edrial, NHTU Head and PSWDO Marivic Racho-Garces, the Privacy Data Officer (PDO) of Cebu Province signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in compliance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012.

Mr. Donald Rey Dejacto, NHTU information technology officer, installed the Listahanan Data to the PDO’s desktop computer.

The Data Privacy Act of 2012 protects individual personal information and upholds the right to privacy by regulating the processing of personal information. The National Privacy Commission is tasked of administering and implementing this law.

The NHTS-PR is a database and an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. ###


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DSWD 7 conducts Consultation-Dialogue on Listahanan

The National Household Targeting Office (NHTO) in coordination with the NHTU-FO7 conducted recently a Consultation-Dialogue with Association of Local Social Welfare and Development Officers (ALSWDOPI) on Listahanan and the DSWD Guidelines on Data Sharing in Cebu City.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations Shalaine Marie S. Lucero in her message inspires the participants to smile despite the challenges they have to face.

The two-day activity was attended by more than 230 members of ALSWDOPI from the different provinces of regions VI, VII and VIII.

The activity was held to facilitate discussions on the challenges faced by the local social workers during the Listahanan 1 and Listahanan 2. Furthermore, issues about data sharing and getting data information were discussed.

DSWD-7 Chief of Policy and Plans Division of DSWD-7, Mr. Graeme Ferdinand Armecin provided an overview on the Social Protection Framework. He emphasized the principles of Social protection that it should be a basic human right, transformative and inclusive. Its primary goal is to reduce poverty by 14% by the year 2022.

Regional Field Coordinator Hillton John Edrial discussed about Listahanan as a system of identifying who and where the poor are in the country to become potential beneficiaries of the DSWD’s programs and services.

During her welcome message, Ms. Shalaine Marie Lucero, DSWD-7 assistant regional director for operations, inspires the participants to smile despite the challenges a social worker has to face. She also encouraged the participants to address the problems they have to endure, so that we will come up with the resolution.

Ms. Julie Ann Arroyo, Project Development Officer III from Central Office talked about the protocol on Data Sharing as pursuant to RA 10173 or Data Privacy Act of 2012. There are requirements that needs to be complied before the requested data will be given. Also, data to be shared shall be used for social protection and it will be monitored.

One of the requirements mentioned in requesting for data is the designation of Data Protection Officer (DPO) that will check and ensure that requesting LGUs are compliant to the Central Office.

The participants were given the opportunity to air out their concerns which were immediately answered by the organizing staff. Also, forms were given to those who still have questions and recommendations and were submitted to the staff.

The result of this consultation – dialogue will form part in the enhancement of DSWD’s policy on Data sharing and improving Listahanan 3 guidelines. ###


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Embracing the challenges of fieldwork: A story of a field validator

For the past 6 years Catalina Abing, 35 years old, a Bachelor of Education Major in Elementary Education graduate of Brgy. San Vicente, Carlos P. Garcia, Bohol has decided to take a different path of career – a chosen career she didn’t expect to be passionate about that has unexpectedly given her in-depth life lessons.

Catalina Abing (in red vest) administers validation to a household in Brgy. Kampikit, Carlos P. Garcia, Bohol for the implementation of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program.

Currently working as one of the field validators of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – 7 under the Listahanan for the implementation of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program, Catalina has nothing but joy as she fulfills her duty as a field worker every day, unmindful of the distance that she had to walk under the heat of the sun only to reach the hopeful potential beneficiaries/households on her list to be validated.

The discrepancy of some information on her birth certificate caused her a difficulty in taking the Licensure Examination for Teachers and securing a license. This is one of the factors for her to take on a different job.

Before she got hired as a field validator of the department, Catalina has already worked as a field staff for the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Department of Agriculture (DA) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for the implementation of their projects. In 2015, she was hired as enumerator for more than a month of the DSWD-7 Listahanan during the second round of household assessment and has worked as an Area Supervisor of the Population Census (PopCen) of the PSA for three months.

Embracing the challenging nature of field work has also meant embracing the sacrifices that the field work has asked from Catalina. She had to sacrifice the time that should be allotted to and shared with her three children (Jonaline, 12, Josuana, 10 and Joliana, 5) for she became pre-occupied of the tasks that she had to effectively accomplish in the field.

Gisakripisyo nako akong pamilya para pagtuman sa akong trabaho. Nisakripisyo ko gumikan kay maayo raman pud akong tumong. Nagtrabaho ko para sa uban nga nanginahanglan sa programa sa gobyerno ug para naa pud koy ikabuhi sa akong pamilya (I have sacrificed my family to fulfill my job. I am doing it for a good cause. I was working for the people who deserve to benefit the programs of the government and I was working to feed my family at the same time),” said Catalina.

Those glitches weren’t enough reasons for her to quit what she had started.

Catalina continued doing what has already become her passion that her husband eventually understood. Jonas later on became supportive of what Catalina was doing. Field validation work, crossing islands, maneuvering off-road routes of far flung areas, encounter with heavy rains and dangerous animals and the unfamiliar surroundings with different risks are among the travel hurdles that Catalina had bravely faced in fulfilling the significant task of gathering data from different households entrusted to her.

Dili lang kay gigukod kog iro. Naa sad toy higayon nga natunok ko unya nagtaki-ang nako. Pero gipaningkamotan gyud nako nga makapadayon gihapon nga matiwas nako og adto ang mga balay nga survey-hunon pa (I wasn’t just chased by a dog. I even got pricked by a thorn and was already limping but, I’ve tried hard to still walk and continue the survey of the remaining households),” Catalina narrated.

Field validation work can get very arduous every day but Catalina has never complained about the struggles she’d gone through. For her, everything became worth it when she reached the area and saw the dire need of the deserving people to benefit the programs and services of the government.

For her, skipping a single house means depriving a household of the opportunity to be included in the programs and services of the government. “Mura ra pud nag gihikawan sila ilang katungod nga maapil unta sa programa sa gobyerno (It seemed like I am taking away from them their right to benefit from government’s programs and services),” Catalina added.

Catalina Abing (second from left) together with the other field validators, strikes a pose for a photo souvenir before they dispersed themselves to their respective areas of assignment for the UCT field validation.

One thing that Catalina learned while doing such task is learning to be grateful even in the most little blessing provided instead of whining for not having the things one lack. “Bisan sa among kalisud nga nasinati, na-realize nako unsa diay ko ka blessed tungod kay naay mga higayon nga sa akong pag survey naa koy maabtan nga grabi kalisud nga wa na gyud gikaon ug ultimo sa pagpamiste lisud kaayo (Despite our difficulties, I realized that I am blessed because there were times when I was doing validation I witness families in dire status who have nothing to eat and where clothing is a problem), she expressed.

Now, she feels grateful and proud seeing those households she had surveyed or validated already enjoying some programs and services of the government. It was satisfying on her part knowing that her sacrifices while doing field work benefited the poor. It was then that she come to realize how important her role as a field staff is in helping the government choose the right people to benefit from its social protection programs.

Catalina looks forward to doing more of fieldwork as she saw the beauty of the career she has chosen. She may have not successfully pursued her teaching profession but she believes she is still doing an equally fulfilling public service. ###


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DSWD VII jump-starts partners visit to promote utilization of Listahanan 2 data

With the successful finalization of the guidelines for data sharing of Listahanan 2 data, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII through the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) has kicked-off visits to different Local Government Units (LGUs), National Government Agencies (NGAs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and schools/universities to promote the utilization of the Listahanan poverty database.

This ongoing activity of NHTS-PR aims to encourage all LGUs, NGAs, NGOs, GOCCs, CSOs, schools and universities to take advantage of the Listahanan database and discuss the important guidelines of data sharing for the execution of their respective social protection programs and services.

DSWD VII NHTS-PR Regional Field Coordinator Ruben Boybanting turns over to Sagbayan Bohol Mayor Ricardo Suarez the memorandum from National Privacy Commision and DSWD guidelines in data sharing during the Data Privacy Act of 2012 Orientation.

The partners that were visited included the municipalities of Alicia and Sagbayan Bohol; PLGU Siquijor; Argao, Cebu; Saint Peter Academy of Alegria Foundation, Inc. (SPAAFI) of Alegria, Cebu and the Department of Agriculture (DA-7).

The Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide.

To ensure compliance of the Republic Act 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012, DSWD spearheaded the orientation on Data Privacy Act of 2012 and Listahanan data sharing during their visit to the aforementioned LGUs, NGA and school. The orientation aims to educate the potential stakeholders the importance of the firm obedience of Data Privacy Act of 2012 and as well as the adherence of the guidelines for data sharing.

“This is to ensure that the personal information of the assessed households will be protected and will be used exclusively for social protection program and activities,” stated Ruben Boybanting, NHTS-PR Regional Field Coordinator.

A Data Protection Officer (DPO) is designated and tasked to primarily ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations for the protection and security of data and ensure that all staff are competently trained in regards to the critical protection of the Listahanan data. The PDO will also monitor and notify management and the National Privacy Commission (NPC) about personal data breaches.

Request for data sharing from NGAs, NGOs, GOCCs, CSOs, and private foundations, is to be addressed to the DSWD Central Office while request at the regional level including LGUs, will be addressed to the respective DSWD Regional Offices.

The appointed DPO will be responsible in responding to all requests for information by data subjects including access to personal information and their rectification, updating, removal and destruction.

Documentary requirements to be submitted along with the letter request are the following:  a) original copy authorizing the head of the agency to enter into an agreement for data sharing with DSWD; b) the name of designated Data Protection Officer (DPO) of the agency who will oversee data use, protection, and security of data; c) valid proof of the identification of the agency and the DPO; and, d) documents attesting to the legitimacy of the organization.

“With these documentary requirements, we are grateful to the partners that we have already visited as they initially agreed to maximize the Listahanan poverty database in carrying out their respective social protection programs and services,” expressed Boybanting.

With the utilization of the database, poor households included in the Listahanan will be given the right attention and appropriate services that will be helpful for the augmentation of their socio-economic status, while the LGUs NGOs, NGAs and other civil society organizations are assured that they target the qualified and right groups of people for their social protection programs and services. ###


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DSWD-7 conducts On-Demand Application

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII has conducted the On-Demand Application (ODA) for the 28,680 households which were not assessed during the second round of household assessment in 2015.

This figure covers region 7 and Negros Oriental.

Of the 28,680 households, 23,568 are from Cebu; 3,594, Bohol; 1,469, Negros Oriental and 49, Siquijor.

“Because targeting errors cannot be totally eliminated, DSWD includes a mechanism for minimizing and correcting targeting errors. These 28,680 households filed complaints in 2015 that claimed they should be included in the list of poor households but were not interviewed during the regular assessment,” underscored Macapobre.

ODA gives households who think they are poor but were not visited during the first enumeration the chance to apply for assessment.

Listahanan applies two enumeration strategy, the saturation or total enumeration in all rural barangays and pockets of poverty approach in urban barangays. These pockets of poverty are areas within a barangay where clusters of poor families reside.

Macapobre said that most of 28,680 households are in the urban-classified barangays.

The DSWD-7 conducted the second assessment in 2015 where 843,275 households were assessed resulting in the initial identification of 385,534 as poor households in region 7 using the Proxy Means Test (PMT).

PMT is a statistical model that estimates the income of household based on the variables included in the households assessment form.

Households with estimated incomes that are equal to and above the latest provincial poverty thresholds are considered non-poor and those with estimated incomes falling below the poverty thresholds are considered poor.

The Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an administrative tool that identifies who and where poor households are in the country. ###


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