The DSWD Field Office 9 officially started the assessment of households in all rural and urban areas in the provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte last week in order to update the list of the poor nationwide.

125,812 target households are expected to be assessed in Zamboanga Sibugay during the data-collection phase of Listahanan which will last for 45 days. Prior to the deployment of the field enumerators last Monday, the area coordinators and area supervisors were first sent out to the field to do some preparatory activities to include courtesy calls in the local government units (LGUs) and the identification of the “pockets of poverty” in urban areas, among others.

Specifically, seven (7) area coordinators, 35 area supervisors, and 175 enumerators are currently facilitating the household assessment in the said province.

Meanwhile, a total of 12 area coordinators, 35 area supervisors, and 291 enumerators both from Liloy and Dipolog clusters are assigned in Zamboanga del Norte who will be conducting house-to-house interviews to roughly 209,000 target households. In order to ensure the successful implementation of Listahanan 3, the field personnel shall guarantee that the data to be gathered from household respondents are complete, consistent, accurate, and collected according to the prescribed standards set forth by the National Household Targeting Office (NHTO).

Right now, the Listahanan 3 household assessment is being conducted in municipalities under Liloy Cluster. By next week, the Dipolog Cluster, shall also hold their first week of assessment.

Listahanan, also known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide. It aims to establish a socio-economic database of the poor to be utilized by the national government agencies (NGAs) and other stakeholders as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of their respective programs and services. ###