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DSWD undertakes new Listahanan

September 11, 2019 - Wednesday 5:09 AM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 11 will need some P104 million for household assessment in the next round of the National Household Targeting System fir Poverty Reduction (Listahanan), slated to take place this October.

DSWD 11 regional field coordinator of Listahanan Elvie Bahinting said the budget will cover 834,729 households in Davao Region.

The Listahanan identifies who and where the poor households are in a bid to target beneficiaries for government poverty-reduction efforts.

The budget will cover the four phases of Listahanan Assessment: Preparatory, Data Collection, Validation, and Data Generation and Management.

Speaking to reporters during the Launching of Listahanan 3 on Monday, Bahinting said a review and update of the list is done every four years, with the last one completed in 2015.

According to Bahinting, in Davao Region there are currently 840,000 assessed poor households in the government’s Listahanan.

Listahanan aims to develop and maintain a database of poor households that can be shared with National Government Agencies, Civil Society Groups, Non-Government Organizations, Local Government Units and other stakeholders to enable them to identify the poor who shall be prioritized in the delivery of social protection programs.

Bahinting said DSWD 11 was able to assess a total of 10.9 million households in the entire country and had identified 5.2 million poor households in Listahanan 1.

In Listahanan 2, the department assessed 15.4 million households that resulted in the identification of 5.2 million poor households.

The DSWD 11 will be fielding around 1,900 workers and encoders who will be doing the assessment in the whole Davao Region.

Bahinting said the clean and validated results of the assessment will be available by August 2020.

DSWD 11 Assistant Regional Director Alfredo Sy said the Listahanan is also used to identify beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), and to identify Unconditional Cash Transfer Program, which aim to shield the poorest families from the effects of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

“This will be the basis for our Local Government Units (LGUs) provide the right program and services of our constituents,” Sy said.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), for its part, uses the Listahanan data to identify priority students who can receive education subsidies in its free higher education program.

CHED 11 Unifast Regional Coordinator Ched Montaño said the program prioritizes college students who belong in DSWD’s Listahanan.

“Ang CHED naay program nga Tertiary Education Subsidy. Kini nga programa maghatag ug subsidy sa mga college students para makatabang sa pagpa-eskwela,” Montaño said.

(CHED has the Tertiary Education Subsidy program that gives a subsidy to college students to help them go to school.)

For this school year 2019-2020, Montaño said 11,000 are already enrolled in the program in Davao Region.