Listahanan fieldworkers undergo 3-day training on Special Validation

Area Supervisors review and examine the Barangay Community Characteristics (BCC) Form.

Area Supervisors review and examine the Barangay Community Characteristics (BCC) Form.

Zamboanga City-A total of Sixty (60) newly hired field workers composed of Area Supervisors and Enumerators have successfully completed the 3-day training on Special Validation for Social Pension and MCCT Beneficiaries

Said training was conducted on April 28-30, 2014 at JKC, Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte. It gathered all fieldworkers of Region IX covering Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga City and Isabela City. These workers shall validate the 6,799 identified Social Pension grantees and 2,616 Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Families in Need of Special Protection (MCCT-FNSP) beneficiaries that are not in the NHTS database.

It aims to prepare the workers on field who will be assessing the poverty status of the indigent senior citizens and families covered by said programs. It also seeks to capacitate the workers in conducting household assessments since the new Family Assessment Forms (FAFs) shall be its main tool in the validation.

Series of topics were presented to the participants which helped them to understand the conduct of special validation processes. The Program Rationale and Implementation arrangements were given by DSWD’s Focal Person on Social Pension Mrs. Josefina Reyes and Mrs.Germiah Karim Bongabong for MCCT. Mr. Al Raschid Nandu, Regional Field Coordinator of Listahanan-Field Office IX also oriented the participants on their roles as Listahanan field workers and discussed briefly on how to handle Enumeration problems.

The technical part of the training started on the orientation of the Barangay Community Characteristic (BCC) Form to the Area Supervisor facilitated by Sharon Faith Marzan, Listahanan’s Regional Associate Statistician. The supervisors were given copies of the said form to understand the important variables they have to know and accomplish during the conduct of the assessment. The Area Supervisors will be deployed seven (7) days in advance of the Enumerators to complete the BCC forms.

A comprehensive yet detailed walk through on Family Asssessment Forms (FAFs) was also delivered to the fieldworkers on the 2nd day of the training. It was facilitated by Mr. Hasan B. Alfad, Focal Person for Listahanan. The Philippine Standard Occupational Classification (PSOC) code was also introduced to them which also play an importance in filling up of the FAFs.

ZamPen fieldworkers pose with excitement as they prepare for the Mock Household Interview at Brgy.Baybay,Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte.

ZamPen fieldworkers pose with excitement as they prepare for the Mock Household Interview at Brgy.Baybay,Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte.

Meanwhile, a mock interview was done in the afternoon of the 2nd day where fieldworkers conducted actual household assessment at Brgy. Baybay in Liloy. The drill aims to determine the gained knowledge they have acquired from the sessions presented to them. It will also test the fieldworkers’ ability to conduct interviews. The activity was supervised and guided by the Listahanan staff with the help of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Parent leaders in the Area. Processing of the activity followed after the fieldwork facilitated by Mr. Euberto Gregorio, National Project Coordinator of Listahanan with Mr. Al Raschid Nandu and Mr. Hasan B. Alfad respectively. The results of their fieldwork were checked and commented during the evaluation.

The training capped with deployment planning and brief presentation on their reportorial requirements such as Progress reports, Family Asssessment Logs and clearances.

Listahanan staff challenged all fieldworkers to commit and be true to their work as they will become the hopes of these Senior citizens and their families for the continuance of their monthly grants.

The special validation will run for fifteen days including weekends to meet its targets provided in their master lists. ##



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DSWD IX hires workers to aid validation of SocPen, MCCT beneficiaries

A beneficiary of the Social Pension receives her quarterly pension.

A beneficiary of the Social Pension receives her quarterly pension.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently released the authority to hire workers who will validate the indigent senior citizens and families covered by Social Pension and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Families in Need of Special Protection (MCCT-FNSP).

DSWD Field Office IX through its Listahanan (NHTS-PR) unit have been allotted with 50 slots to fill up the positions of Area Coordinators and Enumerators for Social Pension and 10 slots for MCCT workers. There will be also 8 slots for hiring of Encoders who shall be responsible for data entries in the system.

These field workers will be deployed in the different municipalities around Zamboanga Peninsula with a coverage of 6,799 social pensioners and 2,616 MCCT beneficiaries. Area Supervisors will be hired seven days before the training to prepare for deployment planning and another seven days of engagement after the assessment for the preparation of reports.

Hired applicants were notified by the Human Resource Development Unit of DSWD Field Office IX. They will undergo 3 day training facilitated by Listahanan Unit staff on Effective Monitoring for Area Supervisor and Efficient Household Assessment for Enumerators on April 28-30 at JKC Hotel, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.

The said validation for Social Pension aims to legitimize the resumption of the payment of the social pensioner’s monthly stipend by validating their status for inclusion in the Listahanan Database. MCCT on the other hand would guarantee the mainstreaming of families to the regular Pantawid Pamilya Program if the said validation identified these families as poor.

The assessment will run for a total of fifteen (15) days including weekends to meet its targets provided in the SocPen and MCCT masterlists. The Family Assessment Forms (FAFs) shall be its main assessment tool, A four (4) page questionnaire with forty (46) variables that collects pertinent information about the welfare of a family.A statistical model called Proxy Means Test (PMT) is run to approximate family per capita income.

The Listahanan Unit is currently conducting its preparatory activities as it anticipates the conduct of the 2nd household assessment this year. DSWD advices previous applicants during the massive hiring held August last year to wait for further announcement as to the hiring of the qualified field workers for 2nd household assessment is concerned.

The government’s Social Pension Program (Social Pension) implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development provides a monthly stipend of P500 to indigent senior citizens as mandated by Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 while MCCT targets families in need of special protection which provides families with conditional cash grants on Health and Education. ##

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Quality Healthcare benefits for Indigent families launched

Pantawid beneficiary avails free service check-up nationwide launching of "Alaga ka" program. (Photo Courtesy PHIC-IX)

A Pantawid beneficiary avails free check-up during  launching of “Alaga ka” program at Zamboanga City Coliseum. (Photo Courtesy PHIC-IX)

Consistent with the government’s commitment in delivering quality healthcare for all, a multi-sector program spearheaded by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), was launched recently at the Zamboanga City Coliseum.

The “Alaga Ka” program launch was attended by some 500 indigent families which were identified through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Listahanan or National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.

Listahanan provides high quality list of the poor households nationwide and maintains its sharing of database among National Government Agencies (NGA’s) as stipulated in the Executive Order 867 series of 2010.

Through the “Alaga Ka para sa Maayos na Buhay” or simply Alaga Ka is a program implemented in 17 regions nationwide that seeks to provide the country’s 14.7 million indigent families with greater access to primary health care services.

Philhealth’s strategic campaign for the ‘Alaga Ka’ aims to increase the utilization of primary care services by the enrolled indigent families, empower families with the right and accurate information about their benefits and educate them on to maximize its used emphasizing the concept that the poor are being taken cared by the government.

During the said launch, DSWD through Listahanan provided assistance to these families and those who are non-members of PhilHealth through a Validation Desk.

Philhealth’s Regional Office IX has already enrolled 1,050,048 members covering Zamboanga Peninsula. They make sure that all those covered by Listahanan (NHTS-PR) can receive the benefits they deserve from them. The National Government shoulders the Annual premium of this indigent families amounting 2,400 pesos.

Furthermore, A massive information drive was also delivered to all attendees to address the need for awareness. Among these is the Philhealth Primary Care Benefit Package (PCB)’s TSeKap (Tamang Serbisyo para Kalusugan ng Pamilya) that seeks to heighten their awareness on the benefits they gain from this programs. TSeKaP consists of essential services aimed at prevention, early detection of diseases and even interventions for healthy living. It includes series of consultation, visual inspection with acetic acid, regular blood pressure monitoring, periodical breast examination, and health promotion like education on breastfeeding, counseling on lifestyle modification and smoking cessation and diagnostic procedures, said Philheath.

In an interview with Mr. Edgardo F. Faustino, Division Chief for Field Operations for Philhealth IX, revealed that the implementation of these indigent programs for the indigent families became more efficient and credible through the presence of the DSWD’s Listahanan (NHTS-PR) database. He further said that through the Listahanan, Philhealth no longer need to go through the voluminous documents and laborious process of identifying its recipients as the list can be easily accessed since it is already done electronically.

Majority of the families present during the event are also Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development coming from selected barangays around the city.

Philhealth Board Resolution No.1571, s.2011, states the enrollment of all indigent families under Listahanan (NHTS-PR) of the DSWD in the indigent programs while entitlement of all Pantawid beneficiaries to Philhealth benefits is in pursuant to it’s Philhealth Circular No. 024, s. 2012.

DSWD shall update its list in the 2nd Quarter of the year in the conduct of the 2nd Nationwide Household Assessment through its Listahanan Unit targeting more than 600 thousand households. ##






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DSWD-Listahanan provides list of Households for DOLE’s Profiling of Vulnerable workers

Zamboanga City- More than 400 thousand identified households are currently verified by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as it commenced its Profiling of Vulnerable Sectors in Zamboanga Peninsula.

The list were taken from Department of Social Welfare and Development- Listahanan’s or known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction’s database of Poor Households. It is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. It is a database that envisions the improvement of design of the social protection programs that maximizes the benefit of the poor.

The 433, 456 thousand identified households in Zamboanga Peninsula comprises of the following breakdown: Service Workers/Market sales worker (30,868); Farmers/ Forestry workers and Fisherman (267,41) ; Trades and Related workers (6,436) ; Plant and Machine Operators and Assembles (7,196) and Laborers/Unskilled (121,476). Listahanan shared the list from the Provincial to the Barangay Level informations to include Roster of Families under it.

The said profiling seeks to identify areas with high concentration of vulnerable groups to serve as their reference for framing plans, programs and services in terms of livelihood assistance and other services offered by the agency. It is implemented in 16 regions nationwide.

Through the Listahanan database, DOLE shall also verify on field the targeted 46,059 vulnerable individuals which constitute Child Laborers and those from the Informal Sectors in Region 9. Based on the frequency surveys in the presence of DSWD, NSCB and DENR, All Zamboanga Peninsula provinces were included among the thirty (30) poorest provinces in the country.

Furthermore, the result of the Profiling will determine the need of interventions and preferred programs and services of the households from the National and Local Government Agencies.

The agency is currently waving its Flagship program called “DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP)” which contributes to Aquino Administration’s National Agenda on Reducing Poverty. It envisions productive , gainful and secure community employment to the disadvantaged and vulnerable workers in the informal economy. It focuses on three major areas: Formation (Provision of Starter Kits for Displaced and Vulnerable Workers) ; Restoration (Livelihood Assistance like Negosyo sa Kariton for victims of disaster) and Enchancement (Augmentation on Group Livelihood projects for sustainability and development). It also provides the following services: Aquisition of productive resources ; Trainings, orientations and advisories; Assistance in the establishment of common service facilities and Advocacy in setting-up of self -help mechanism for social security.

All recommended beneficiaries taken after the profiling shall benefit the agency’s Integrated Livelihood Program.

DOLE- Regional Office IX has already started its deployment of workers last March 4, 2014 who shall conduct House visits in all Listahanan identified municipalities and cities in the region. The pooling of Enumerators and Supervisors was conducted to serve as their field workers. They shall be using their own tools like Household Profile Forms which determines Household and Socio Economic informations, Support services and Needs assessment. Barangay forms will also be filled up by Enumerators to get its Physical and Demographic Characteristics, Economic Profile including questions on Child-Labor Free Campaign in the Barangay.

The Listahanan data of DSWD served as the agency’s baseline information as to the areas to be validated and verified. Household names were provided to the agency to facilitate easy identification of household’s location.

Executive Order 867 series of 2010 signed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo mandates all National Goverment Agencies to adopt the NHTS-PR database as reference and basis in identifying beneficiaries to their social protection programs and services.##

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DSWD-NHTU IX gathers ZamPen LGUs for 2nd round Household Assessment orientation

Left Photo: LGU Participants listen to the orientation given by DSWD's Resource speaker on Listahanan. Right Photo: MSWDO of Dipolog raises question during the open forum.

Left Photo: LGU Participants listen to the orientation given by DSWD’s Resource speaker on Listahanan.
Right Photo: MSWDO of Dipolog City raises question during the open forum.

Zamboanga City – 3/24/2014- A total of 200 participants all over Zamboanga Peninsula attended the orientation on Listahanan in preparation for the 2nd round nationwide household assessment.

The orientation conducted by The National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) or Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Field Office IX was done from March 10 to 21, 2014. Participants include Local Chief Executives, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers and Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators of the different municipalities and cities in the region.

The series of orientation kicked off at Pagadian Bay Plaza Hotel for Zamboanga del Sur participants, followed at Dipolog City’s Bamboo Garden Hotel for Zamboanga del Norte-Batch 1 and JKC Hotel in Liloy for Zamboanga del Norte-Batch 2 participants respectively. The last leg of the orientation was conducted at Roderic’s Resort in Ipil for cities of Zamboanga and Isabela to include all municipalities under Zamboanga Sibugay.

“Allow me to express our sincerest gratitude in behalf our Regional Director for attending this affair. Please deliver this message of thanks to your local chief executives for bringing you here today.” said Mr.Al-Raschid K. Nandu, Regional Field Coordinator for Listahanan Region IX, as he conveys his message of appreciation before the participants. Some Municipal Mayors of Kumalarang, Sibutan,Dinas, Tukuran, Mutia, Magasalay and Sergio Osmena also showed support by gracing the event.

Mr. Nandu underscored the importance of the Local Government Units in the implementation of the said project. He further discussed that the purpose of the orientation was to enlighten LGUs on the next family assessment, likewise to verbalize their duties and functions in the implementation such as to provide the department with municipality spot map, fare matrix and assistance in identifying pockets of poverty in urban areas. He also added the need to advance for the support of partners, data users particularly the Local Government Units (LGUs) as they will become the front-liners in the area during the conduct of the assessment.

The said orientation covered significant and comprehensive topics which catered the needs for information and knowledge of the participants. Resource speakers were Listahanan’s Focal Person for Region IX Mr. Hassan B. Alfad, Mr. Al-Raschid K. Nandu, Regional Field Coordinator for Listahahan Region IX and Mr. Ivan Eric Salvador, Information Officer for Listahanan

The scope of the orientation presented topics that seek to strengthen the recall and appeal of Listahanan to its stakeholders as the new brand of NHTS-PR discussing its objectives and legal bases. It also highlights its importance and further advocates the utilization of the generated data for identifying clients of poverty reduction and social protection programs. Presentation on the Proxy Means Test, Project Cycle, Encoding System, Social Marketing, Regional Profile of the Poor, Data Sharing Protocols and MOA were also delivered to them.

National Project Coordinators’ Ms. Maria Antonette Lucero and Mr. Euberto Gregorio of the Listahanan -National Project Management Office (NPMO) also joined the NHTU staff in the conduct of the said orientation. They discussed policies, plans, procedures and system for the upcoming assessment. Some of the updates presented are increase in ratio of Enumerators to Area Supervisor and Area Supervisors to Area Coordinators. Accordingly, this is done to ensure that there will be an intensified compliance in the monitoring of the field staff. There will be also increased of targets in the pockets of poverty while the receipt of On-Demand Applications is dispensed to open greater opportunities to participate in the validation process. In terms of assessment tools, Listahanan shall continue to use the Proxy Means Test-a statistical model that approximates family income based on observable and verifiable proxy indicators in the Family Asssesment Forms or FAFs while an additional tool called Barangay Community Characteristics (BCC) form will be used to collect community information such as street patterns, presence of commercial establishments and recreational facilities, among others affecting economic activities of the families in the barangay.

Special validation  for Social Pension and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Families in Need of Special Protection (MCCT-FNSP) were also announced.

Region IX will have a total assessment coverage of 688,495 thousand households both from rural and urban areas per following breakdown: Dapitan City (15,025 Households); Dipolog City (22,917 households) ; Isabela City (21,250 households); Pagadian City (37,083 households); Zamboanga City (149,253 households) ; Zamboanga del Norte (161,215 households); Zamboanga del Sur (162,113 households) and Zamboanga Sibugay ( 119, 639 households). It shall be implemented in 4 provinces, 5 cities and 67 municipalities around the region.

DSWD is looking forward for the conduct of 2nd Nationwide Household Assessment in the 2nd quarter of the year in full swing. ##

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DSWD IX launches Targeting System’s new brand name ‘LISTAHANAN’

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX officially launched “LISTAHANAN (Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan) as the new brand name of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) on February 7, 2014 at Marcian Garden Hotel, Zamboanga City.

 As a Nationwide information system that identifies who and where the poor are, The birth of Listahanan is a result of the branding workshop conducted last May 2013 which aimed to create a new name, logo and tagline for NHTS-PR for easier recall  and improved appeal to the public. The system makes available to national agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services.

In the presence of the guests from National Government Agencies, Local Media, Academes and Regional Staff, The official logo was introduced in an unveiling ceremony led by  DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Consejo H. Usman and Regional Focal  Person for Listahanan Mr. Hasan Alfad. A short video presentation on the process and overview of the Project was presented together with the rationale of the new brand name.

Listahanan’s new brand name is a combination of LISTAHAN (list) and TAHANAN (house/home) with the tagline “Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan”. It define the project’s initiative to establish a list of poor families in need of assistance from social protection programs. While the graphics in the Listahanan logo emphasizes the role of the project as a targeting tool for social protection.

Since the inception of NHTS project, it has tremendously helped Philhealth achieved our corporate mandate for universal coverage under the Aquino Health Agenda’s Kalusugan Pangkalahatan” said Mrs. Maria Venus B. Giroy, Chief Insurance Officer of  Philhealth IX as she shared their agency’s testimony on how the database have became very useful in the implementation of their programs and services. “The NHTS-PR  which is now branded as Listahanan, has facilitated easy enrollment for the poorest sector of our society. With the list available, Philhealth were able to minimize the duplicity of enrollment in the sponsored program of the Congressional, Provincial, City or Municipal, hence expanding to a greater number of beneficiaries to the NHIP ” she added.  She even lauded the certified list shared by Listahanan of the DSWD to their agency for it has increased the number of NHTS beneficiaries in 2012 from 337,900 to 505,208 last year which included the beneficiaries from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. PhilHealth  is looking forward for the sustainability of the project and for more fruitful partnership with DSWD.

 Assistant Regional Director Usman led the toast of commitment with the guests’ present with their Listahanan Mugs as a sign of the continuous support in the project as everyone is looking forward for the conduct of the Nationwide 2nd Household Assesment this year. A Press Conference followed after the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Pre-Assesment advocacy activities are set to be conducted in the latter part of February to orient Local Government Units on the new brand name and assessment processes all over Zamboanga Del Norte and Zamboanga Del Sur to include areas of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi Tawi. #IES#

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