145 enumerators went through a five-day orientation and training for the newly hired Listahanan field staff last week. The trainings were held simultaneously at La Azotea for Basilan Cluster and Garden Roof Deck for Sulu Cluster, at Garden Orchid Hotel, Zamboanga City.

Specifically, 56 came from Basilan and 89 from Sulu. Another batch of trainees for Basilan will be conducted on the second week of December, while two more batches will be trained from Sulu, also beginning next week.

During the five-day training, the participants were educated about the Listahanan project, their roles and responsibilities which include data-gathering through household interviews, and a mock assessment, among others were also part of the five-day training which aimed to prepare the participants before their deployment in their respective assigned provinces an municipalities,

All in all, 490 enumerators will be trained from the aforementioned provinces in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim in Mindanao (BARMM) to include the province of Tawi-Tawi as well, who will conduct house-to-house interviews to 352,894 target households. Of this number, Sulu has the biggest number of target at 193,826 households, followed by Basilan (81,386), and Tawi-Tawi (77,862).

Under the Executive Order No. 867 series of 2010, the assessment is conducted every four years to obtain the latest data on the demographic, socio-economic, and sectoral characteristics of poor households nationwide. The Listahanan database seeks to reduce the problems of leakage or inclusion of non-poor and at the same time, lessen exclusion or under-coverage of the poor in social protection programs. ###