ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) headed by Director Andrew J. Ambubuyog of the National Household Targeting Office (NHTO) together with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) led by Atty. Anjanette Saguisag conducted a mission visit to the Province of Basilan on November 8-12 to observe and monitor the ongoing household assessment and reassessment as part of the Listahanan 3 Validation and Finalization Phase.

The monitoring activities were conducted in the City of Lamitan (Brgy. Bato) and in the Municipalities of Lantawan (Brgy. Matarling) and Maluso (Brgy. Lower Portholland).

In an effort to augment the financial needs to continue the operations of Listahanan 3, the NHTO was able to negotiate for funding support with the UNICEF for the Provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi and in line with the partnership agreement between these offices, the visit was primarily conducted to observe the processes involved in the Listahanan 3 such as its encoding activity, and the reassessment and assessment of households at the identified communities as a result of the previously conducted receiving of grievances.

This is to ensure that all households under the poverty threshold will be included in the government’s official database of the poor.

The Listahanan aims to be a reliable reference for social protection stakeholders to utilize in the formulation, planning, and implementation of their social protection programs and services, among others. ###