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DSWD’s Listahanan to Assess More than 1M Poor HHs


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Visayas will assess more than 1 million poor households in the last quarter of the year.

The second round of household of assessment will identify “poor” and “near poor” families in the region.

524,717 households will be assessed in the Province of Cebu while 240,134 families in the Province of Negros Oriental.

In Bohol, the target families will be at 232,625 and 18,794 families for the island of Siquijor.

“Through Listahanan we will be able to identify who and where the poor are in the country and the result of our assessment will be our basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of our social protection programs and services,” said Regional Focal Person Artemia Degamo.

“Our trained enumerators will visit the household and will assess their socio-economic profile,” Degamo added.

In conducting assessment, information is gathered using the household assessment form (HAF), a four-page questionnaire with 46 observable and verifiable variables.

The household will be assessed based on their composition, the household members’ highest educational attainment and occupation, features of the housing structure and access to basic services or facilities like water, electricity, and sanitary toilet, households’ ownership of assets, tenure status of housing among others.

All the collected information will then be encoded to a web application and subjected to Proxy Means Test (PMT).

PMT is a statistical model that estimates the income of families based on the proxy variables included in the HAF.

“I urged families to stay in their house once we deploy our enumerators in their area or at least there should be one family member who can answer the questions from our enumerators,” Degamo emphasized.

Listahanan, “Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan”, is conducted every four years. It is an information management system initiated by the national government. (PR – Kerwin Macopia)

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131 LGUs Inks MOA with DSWD-7 on “Listahanan”


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Ninety Nine percent (99%) or 131 Local Government Units (LGUs) in Central Visayas inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the data sharing and utilization of poor household.

All towns and cities in Cebu had already signed the MOA as well as the 25 LGUs of Negros Oriental and 6 LGUs in Siquijor.

The town of Loay has yet to sign the MOA to complete all LGUs in Bohol.

“Partnering with the LGUs and other social protection stakeholders is of great importance in order to effectively implement the various poverty alleviation programs and services,” said Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat.

The data was gathered through the Listahanan or National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), an information management system of the DSWD that identifies who and where the poor are in the country.

Given the limited resources of the government, the agency recognizes the need to have a clear basis for identifying the poor and where they are to ensure that the resources are directed to those who need them the most.

 “Listahanan, Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan, is the first of its kind in the Philippines where we give a face and a name to the poor household.” Jabagat added.

The database of poor households shows various poverty thresholds like the composition of poor households, the household members’ highest educational attainment and occupation, features of the housing structure and access to basic services or facilities like water, electricity, and sanitary toilet, households’ ownership of assets, tenure status of housing among others.

“Hence, I urged LGUs and NGOs to use the available data to formulate appropriate social protection programs and services specifically to address the welfare of the poor.” Jabagat emphasized.

The Provincial Government of Bohol and Negros Oriental had also signed a MOA with the office. The 1st Congressional District of Negros Oriental and Bohol as well as the 4th Congressional District of Cebu had also been shared with the database.

Other than the government agencies, NGOs like the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), Outreach Program on Trainings, Integral Organizing and Networking for Solidarity Inc. (OPTIONS), Alay Lakad Foundation, and Euphrasia Parent Association Inc. have also signed a pact with the office for its use.

Every four years the data collected is updated. There will be a second round of household assessment this coming September and October. (PR – Kerwin Macopia)

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DSWD-7 Now Hiring 3T Staff for its Second Round of Household Assessment


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Field Office 7 through its National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is now hiring 3,234 field staff for the Second Round of Poor Household Assessment in September.

These include 85 Area Coordinators, 432 Area Supervisors, 2,117 Enumerators, 300 Verifiers and 300 Encoders.

To be an Area Coordinator and Area Supervisor one must be a bachelor’s degree holder preferably any course in Social Science, he/she must have at least one (1) year experience in a supervisory role, must have good communication and interviewing skills, must be good in conflict resolution and mediation work and should be computer literate.

For Enumerators one must have at least two (2) years of college education, must have good communication and interviewing skills, physically healthy, willing to travel to far flung barangays and must be computer literate especially on android applications.

To qualify to be an Encoder and Verifier, he/she must have at least two (2) years of college education, must be computer literate and has an encoding speed of at least 35 words per minute.

Interested applicants may personally submit their application letter, comprehensive resume with a 2×2 recent ID picture and a photocopy of transcript of records (TOR) to their City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices where he/she resides.

Deadline for submission of applications will be on July 26, 2013.

These newly hired field staff will go through an intensive training starting August before they will be deployed to their designated areas for the actual assessment conduct on September.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat, said that the target households to be assessed are 1,016,269 to cover all poor households in Central Visayas.

The newly assessed households will go through Proxy Means Test (PMT) for poor and non-poor identification. PMT is a statistical formula that estimates the income of households based on the proxy variables included in the household assessment form.

This stringent process aims to ensure the integrity of the database before sharing it to other government agencies and social protection stakeholders.

NHTS-PR assessment is conducted every four years. It is an information management system that identifies who and where poor households are in the country.

For more inquiries, please call the DSWD Field Office 7 at (032) 232-9505 local 118 or 123. One may look for Kerwin Macopia, Lee Estamo or Ruben Boybanting. (PR- Kerwin R. Macopia)

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DSWD-7 Prepares for 2013 Poor Household Assessment


The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 7 is now preparing for the conduct of its National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) Second Round of Household Assessment in September.

Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat announced that starting August 2013, DSWD-7 will be hiring of 3,471 field staff that will assess the poor households in the region. These include Area Coordinators, Area Supervisors, Enumerators, Verifiers and Encoders.

NHTS-PR assessment is conducted every four years. It is an information management system that identifies who and where poor households are in the country.

The data generated will constitute the bases from which various government and non-government agencies and civil society will objectively identify beneficiaries of their respective social protection programs and services.

NHTS-PR Regional Field Coordinator Ruben Boybanting, said that the target households to be assessed were raised from an initial list of 869,000 to 1,016,269 to cover all poor households in Central Visayas.

Boybanting added that after the regular enumeration, they will conduct an On-Demand Application (ODA) and Validation of the collected data. ODA and Validation are two major activities made to support the household assessments and address issues on under coverage and inclusion of non-poor households. These processes aim to ensure the integrity of the database before sharing it to other government agencies and social protection stakeholders.

Interested applicants may inquire directly to DSWD-7 at (032) 232-9505 local 118.

The 2013 NHTS-PR is the second of the quadrennial poor household assessment. (PR – Kerwin Macopia)

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DSWD-7 Shows 43% of Poor Individuals are Unemployed


Despite the country’s recent economic growth there are about 1,027,183 individuals aged 15 years old and above categorized as poor individuals in Central Visayas identified by the DSWD’s National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or NHTS-PR household assessment. Forty-three percent or 441,291 of these are without any occupation.

Meanwhile, 25.3% of these poor individuals both in urban and rural areas are engaged in agricultural jobs like fishing and farming, 15.8% enlisted are into skilled and labor works. A large scale of up to 43% is not having any source of income. Most of these poor individuals with no occupation are found in Cebu with 234,483, followed by Bohol with 111,426, Negros Oriental with 88,024 and Siquijor with 7,358. This data shows that poverty resulting from unemployment is still a major issue confronting the country.

The DSWD addresses the underlying concerns and issues through its core social protection programs namely the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS); and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

In dealing with the issue on unemployment, the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is introduced as a community-based program capacity building strategies to improve the poor and the disadvantaged individual’s socio economic status. Beneficiaries of SLP are chosen based on the list by NHTS-PR, an information and management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country.

As a component of the Convergence Strategy, the program also aims to serve the beneficiaries of the Pantawtid Pamilya to sustain and expand beyond their five-year intervention period.

DSWD-7 urged the newly elected legislators and local chief executives to use the available data to formulate appropriate social protection programs and services specifically to address the unemployment problem in their locality.

There are currently 127 towns and cities in the region which had already entered into a MOA with the DSWD-7 for data sharing and utilization.

Other than the government agencies, NGOs like the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), Outreach Program on Trainings, Integral Organizing and Networking for Solidarity Inc. (OPTIONS) and Alay Lakad Foundation have also signed a pact with the office for its use. (PR – Kerwin R. Macopia)

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