Households may take part in Listahanan 3 validation beginning next week

ZAMBOANGA CITY – In order to ensure the credibility of the government’s database of poor households, communities are encouraged to take part during the regional validation of Listahanan 3’s initial list of poor households beginning next week in Zamboanga City, Isabela City, Basilan, and Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte.

Those (households) who are concerned can either file an appeal or grievance through the Community Desk Validation designated in their respective barangays or online filing via

After the posting of the initial list of poor households in conspicuous places in the barangays, the receiving and resolving of grievances shall begin immediately and will be done at least for four weeks.

The Listahanan 3 Area Supervisor (AS) assigned in the barangay shall be responsible for the receiving and processing of all grievances using the Validation Search Application (VSA). Only grievances from households residing in the barangay shall be accommodated by the assigned field personnel.

Meanwhile, all grievances received through the Listahanan 3 Validation website shall be synchronized with the VSA and Grievance Tracking and Monitoring System (GTMS) for processing. 

Furthermore, those households in rural barangays/puroks/sitios that were not covered during the Data Collection Phase will no longer be required to file grievances. They will be automatically included in the list of households for assessment.

As a rule, any person can inquire whether an individual is in the initial list of assessed households for Listahanan 3. However, the complainant must adhere to the conditions of filing a grievance. He or she must provide his or her complete name, name of the person being inquired about, and nature of complaint or grievance.

The AS will then check if the person being inquired or complained has a record in the database. If no record is found, the AS shall require the complainant to provide other household information.

The AS will take note of all the names requested to be searched, and whether they were found or not found in the database. He or she is tasked to classify the nature of every complaint received.

Upon determination of the complainant’s grievance, the AS must first establish his or her eligibility by requiring him or her to provide significant information regarding the concerned household.  The complainant should also present any government-issued ID or valid photo ID as proof of identity. If he or she is unable to do any of the above, the AS shall inform the complainant that (1) he or she has failed the verification procedure and (2) another eligible person can come and file a grievance.

For those appeals related to re-assessment of the household, the AS will have to inform the complainant that: (a) the conduct of re-assessment shall be decided by the Barangay Verification Team (BVT) and Local Verification Committee; (b) the re-interview shall be unannounced; and (c) there will only be one attempt to secure the interview. The AS  will write the Tracking Number and the name of the complainant in the corresponding Consolidated Grievance Log and the complainant will be required to affix his/her signature or thumb mark in the space provided for the complaint to be valid.

On the other hand, the validation activity for the remaining provinces or areas in Zamboanga Peninsula will begin its operations next month.

To know more about the different grievances that can be filed, kindly refer to the info graphic below:

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DSWD distinguishes Listahanan project from SAP

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Field Office 9 clarifies that Listahanan or sometimes referred to as Listahanan 3 (pertaining to the project’s 3rd round of implementation) is entirely different from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) implemented by several national government agencies (NGAs), as confusion arises among the netizens based on their comments and the countless queries related to the matter received in the official Facebook page of the field office.

The Listahanan is an information management system/database that provides socio-economic information of the poor households nationwide. It was created to establish an objective targeting system and address the problems of leakage (inclusion of non-poor) and under-coverage (exclusion of poor) in social protection programs and services.

SAP on the other hand, is a measure intended to help the poor and other vulnerable families that were greatly affected by the imposition of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) last year, to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 health crisis.

The DSWD was one of the NGAs that provided social amelioration measures including cash and non-cash subsidies in the amount of at least P5,000 to a maximum of P8,000 depending on the minimum wage rate per region. In the case of Region 9, P5,000 were provided to those qualified household (or family) beneficiaries.

This year, the Listahanan Validation and Finalization Phase will be conducted in the region to allow the community to review the initial list of poor households generated from the regular household assessment conducted from November 27, 2019 to February 8, 2020.

During the upcoming validation, the initial list of poor households will be posted in conspicuous places at the barangay for the community to scrutinize. Households that were not visited during the regular assessment will be given a chance to appeal for assessment while those that were not identified as poor in the initial list may also undergo re-assessment subject for evaluation by the Area Supervisor assigned in the barangay and the Barangay Verification Team (BVT). After validation, the official and final list of poor households will be shared with data users particularly to NGAs (Executive Order No. 867 s. 2010) and other stakeholders to serve as their reference in the formulation and implementation of social protection programs and services.

The DSWD Field Office 9 also clarifies that even if a certain household was assessed by Listahanan; however, it does not guarantee a household inclusion to 4Ps and SAP especially that the latter has only two tranches in terms of its implementation. For more information, kindly see the info graphic below detailing the differences between Listahanan and SAP in Filipino language:

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Listahanan 3 area supervisors for BARMM-BaSulTa to undergo training starting next week

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Field Office 9 through the National Household Targeting Section (NHTS) for BARMM-BaSulTa will start training its Area Supervisors next week, to be deployed throughout its island provinces for the upcoming Listahanan 3 Validation and Finalization Phase.

A total of 24 Area Supervisors for Basilan Province will be required to undergo the 3-day orientation and training on December 14-16 at Garden Orchid Hotel, Zamboanga City. They will be positioned throughout the province particularly in its lone City of Lamitan and 11 municipalities (Tipo-Tipo, Lantawan, Sumisip, Akbar, Albarka, Hadji Muhammad Ajul, Hadji Muhtamad, Tabuan Lasa, Tuburan, Ungkaya Pukan, and Maluso).

Moreover, the training of field personnel for the Province of Sulu will be conducted on December 21-23 (same venue with that of Basilan) while for Tawi-Tawi, the Area Supervisors will be trained in January 2021.

Based on the initial list of poor households generated from the third round of the regular assessment in BARMM-BaSulTa, out of the 77,597 households assessed in Basilan, 56,925 were identified as poor. In Sulu, 115,775 out of 160,697 households were also classified as poor. For Tawi-Tawi, of the 71,006 households interviewed, only 29,558 were said to be poor.  All in all, a total of 309,300 households were covered in the said island provinces of which 202,258 are poor while 107,042 are non-poor.

The initial list of poor households will undergo community validation to give every household an opportunity to appeal or file a grievance before the database is finalized to ensure that the Listahanan 3 database will serve as a reliable reference for social protection stakeholders to utilize in the formulation, planning, and implementation of social protection programs and services, among others. ###

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DSWD completes training of Listahanan 3 field personnel in Zamboanga Peninsula

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Field Office 9 through the National Household Targeting Section (NHTS) officially culminated its last batch of training for Listahanan 3 Area Supervisors last Saturday, December 5, at Roderic’s Resort, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The 3-day orientation and training of the field personnel was one of the preparatory activities conducted by the regional office in line with the upcoming validation of the initial list of poor households generated from the Data Collection and Analysis Phase of the Listahanan project cycle. There will be two modes for the filing of grievances: community desk validation and online (

A total of 144 Area Supervisors will be deployed before the year ends, throughout the 72 cities and municipalities in the region. To be specific, 31 will be assigned to receive and process appeals or grievances in Zamboanga City and four in Isabela City, Basilan. Besides, there will be 42 field personnel each to be deployed in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, while 26 for Zamboanga Sibugay.

The training commenced on October 21-23, 2020 for Zamboanga City, Isabela City, and Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte clusters at Garden Orchid Hotel, Zamboanga City. Meanwhile, the trainings were also simultaneously held at JKC Royale Traders’ Inn in the Municipality of Liloy and Royal Farm Resort in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte last November 18-20.  Meanwhile, the Zamboanga del Sur cluster began its training one day ahead of Zamboanga Sibugay cluster. The training for ZDS was conducted at Chandler Suites, Pagadian City while the venue for the latter was at Roderic’s Resort, Ipil, carried out from December 3 to 5, last week.

The whole validation activity is expected to run for three months to include not only the receiving of appeals and grievances but as well as the assessment and re-assessment of households by enumerators (validators). This will be done to ensure that no one shall be left behind among poor households, and that the Listahanan 3 database will be complete, truthful, and credible before it is shared with the different national government agencies (NGAs) pursuant to the Executive Order No. 867 s. 2010 which provides for the adoption of Listahanan as the mechanism for identifying poor households who shall be recipients of social protection programs nationwide. ###

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Listahanan now on its 3rd phase, government’s official database of poor households nears completion

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The government’s official database of poor households through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan will be made available soon to national government agencies (NGAs) and other social protection stakeholders as DSWD Field Office 9’s preparatory activities are on-going before the commencement of the project’s third phase (Validation and Finalization Phase) this month.

In Zamboanga Peninsula, a total of 718,638 households were assessed from November 27, 2019 to February 8, 2020. Among its three provinces, 227,377 households were covered in Zamboanga del Norte while 184,741 were assessed in Zamboanga del Sur. In Zamboanga Sibugay, 129,267 households were interviewed during the data-collection period. Moreover, 156,055 and 21,198 households also participated in Zamboanga City and Isabela City, Basilan respectively during the said activity.

The Listahanan project cycle has four phases: Preparatory Phase, Data Collection and Analysis Phase, Validation and Finalization Phase, and Reports Generation and Management Phase. During the first phase, the identification of the areas to be assessed and the data-collection strategy appropriate for the areas were identified. All 17 regions, 81 provinces, 145 cities, 1,489 municipalities, and 42,045 barangays were covered by the household assessment.

During the succeeding phase, home visits were conducted to collect the socio-economic information of the households using Household Assessment Forms (HAFs). The data collected were encoded directly to the database using a data-entry application. All encoded information indicated in the HAF was subjected to Proxy Means Test (PMT)- a statistical model that approximates the family welfare level based on observable and verifiable proxy indicators of the household’s income such as materials in housing structure, household’s access to basic services and facilities like water and electricity, and ownership of specific assets, among others.

For the upcoming Validation and Finalization Phase, the initial list of poor households generated from the previous period will be posted in conspicuous places within the barangay to undergo community validation. This will allow the community to transparently review the accuracy of the initial list of poor households. Those who were not interviewed during the data-collection period may appeal for assessment. Appeals and grievances on household information and classification (whether poor or non-poor) will be received and evaluated through formal channels beginning with the Area Supervisor, followed by the Barangay Verification Team (BVT), and the Local Verification Committee (LVC). The BVT will be composed of Barangay Chairperson, First Kagawad, Kagawad in-charge of social services, one representative of a Civil Society Organization (CSO), and Sub-Project Management Committee Chairperson for KALAHI-CIDSS areas. The team will be tasked to evaluate the grievances received from the community together with the field personnel of Listahanan. On the other hand, the LVC will have the Local Chief Executive or his/her representative, City/Municipal Social Welfare Development Officer, City/Municipal Planning and Development Officer, and one representative from two CSOs as its members. They will resolve all the grievances filed, identify, and certify households that have not been assessed during the data-collection phase. Those households will undergo assessment and even re-assessment for those that will question their non-inclusion in the initial list of poor households. Furthermore, appeals and grievances may also be filed online through

After the list of poor is finalized, the DSWD produces the “Profiles of the Poor” and disseminates these to NGAs, local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), academe, and other interest groups as part of the Reports Generation and Management Phase of the Listahanan project cycle.

The Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The system makes available to NGAs and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor households as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services. More importantly, it seeks to reduce the problems of leakage or inclusion of non-poor and at the same time, lessen exclusion or under-coverage of poor in social protection programs and services considering that the resources of the government is limited.  

However, the department clarifies that the project itself does not provide any cash aid to any beneficiaries, and having been assessed under Listahanan does not guarantee a family or household to be included right away in Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or in other social protection programs or services.

The department’s National Household Targeting Office (NHTO) spearheads the implementation of this project together with the regional offices of DSWD.

The first nationwide household assessment was conducted in 2009 wherein 5.2 million households were assessed out of the 10.9 million target households. In 2015, the number of poor households remained the same despite having a target of 15.4 million households which could mean that the status of poverty in the country somehow improved. In 2019, the household assessment began its implementation nationwide given the 16 million target households.  As of December 8 last week, 14,522,155 HAFs were already encoded from the 14,524,360 households assessed. ###

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145 Listahanan enumerators trained for Basilan and Sulu

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. ###

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Listahanan 3 household assessment begins in Zambo Sibugay and Zambo del Norte

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. ###

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5-day training for Listahanan enumerators officially concludes in Zamboanga Peninsula

The DSWD Field Office 9 officially concluded the five-day training for enumerators in all of its clusters in Zamboanga Peninsula yesterday.

A total of 1,006 enumerators had to go through a five-day training in order to prepare them in the upcoming household assessment. The training, which was conducted simultaneously, began on November 11, while the final leg ended last week with Zamboanga and Pagadian’s third and last batches of enumerators.

291 enumerators (per province) will be assigned in Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, while 218 will be deployed in Zamboanga City, 175 for Zamboanga Sibugay, and 31 for Isabela City.

The enumerators shall serve as the key persons who shall collect data on the ground. Reporting directly to the Area Supervisors, they are expected to maintain confidentiality of all documents, information, and other matters related to Listahanan. Particularly, they must ensure completeness, correctness, and accuracy of all accomplished Household Assessment Forms (HAFs) to be used during the data-collection activity.

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

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