Joanne Namnama G. Parrocha
SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Ilocos eyes more poor households for enlistment this year under its new database system.
Formerly known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), the project has been renamed Listahanan which remains a source of accurate, complete, and reliable data on the poorest households nationwide.
Marlene Febes Peralta, DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Ilocos, said at least 928,633 households are targeted for assessment in Region 1 this year.
The assessment will be conducted simultaneously in 16 regions.
Peralta said some 2,294 field support staff will be deployed in both rural and urban villages as enumerators, area coordinators and area supervisors to conduct the data collection and assessment.
“They will be provided with an intense training to gather all the complete, true and accurate vital information of these households,” she said.
Peralta said the first round of household assessment was conducted in 2009 where 500,000 families in region 1 were evaluated as poor or non-poor and at least 182,740 families were served under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
For 2014, the DSWD has allocated 112M for the Listahanan project.
“Listahanan makes sure that all poor families are included in the database, so in the end they become potential beneficiaries of various social protection programs leading them to an improved quality of life,” said Peralta.
At present, DSWD utilizes the database as a reference on its beneficiaries for programs, projects and services like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Social Pension Program for indigent senior citizens, Cash/Food for Work and Sustainable Livelihood Program.
Other government agencies that use data from Listahanan are Departments of Agriculture, and Health, local government units and the PhilHealth.
Updating of the Listahanan database is done every four years. (MCA/JNP/PIA-1 La Union)