608 field workers needed in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi for Listahanan 3 assessment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Field Office 9 is now accepting applications for the 608 newly posted vacancies in preparation for the upcoming third round of Listahanan assessment to be conducted in the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, this year.

Specifically, 40 area coordinators, 98 area supervisors, and 490 enumerators will be hired to conduct house-to-house interviews throughout these provinces under the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

A total of 352,894 households will be assessed in the region with Sulu having the biggest number of target at 193,826 households, followed by Basilan (81,386) and Tawi-Tawi (77,862).

All applicants are advised to submit their documents in four (4) folders to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of their respective province to include their letter of intent addressed to the Regional Director – Nestor B. Ramos, Personal Data Sheet (PDS), and photocopies of their Transcript of Records (TOR) and other credentials (if any).

The deadline for submission in Basilan and Tawi-Tawi will be on August 19, 2019, while applicants in Sulu may still submit their documentary requirements until August 7, 2019. Furthermore, all screened and qualified applicants will have to undergo an IQ exam, essay exam, and a panel interview.

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 provides a reliable source of information of “who and where” the poor are which can be used by social protection stakeholders in identifying potential beneficiaries of their respective programs and services, which will address the different dimensions of poverty in the long run.

For more information regarding the vacancies, visit us at https://fo9.dswd.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Listahan3_ARMM.pdf or see the infographics below:

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Listahanan 3 to cover more than 700 thousand households in Zamboanga Peninsula

The DSWD Field Office 9 is set to conduct the third round of Listahanan assessment later this year with 724,021 target households for Zamboanga Peninsula.

1,246 field workers who will be comprised of 40 Area Coordinators (AC), 201 Area Supervisors (AS), and 1,006 Enumerators will be deployed throughout the region.

The AC shall serve as the key focal person of the field office through the National household Targeting Unit (NHTU) in a designated regional area. With five supervisors under his/her direction, s/he shall be reporting directly. On the other hand, the AS shall assist the AC in the implementation of the project. With five enumerators under his/her direction, s/he will be reporting directly to the AC. Meanwhile, the enumerators will be the key persons who will be conducting the house-to-house assessment. The field workers are expected to maintain the confidentiality of all documents, information, and other matters related to the Listahanan.

Hundreds of applicants waiting to be interviewed outside the Social Welfare and Development Office at Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur

Moreover, a total of 724,021 households will be covered by the assessment in the region. Among the target, 209,475 will be assessed in Zamboanga del Sur, 209,433 in Zamboanga del Norte, and 125,812 in Zamboanga Sibugay. In Zamboanga City, 156,955 households will be part of the assessment while 22,346 households will be interviewed in Isabela City.

The Listahanan 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 serve as a reference in the formulation of programs and policies along with social protection. ###

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DSWD joins a dialogue on barangay settlement and referral system

The DSWD Field Office 9 attended the Community-Based Dialogue (CBD) conducted by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) which tackled issues on barangay settlement and referral system under the Republic Act No. 9262 or the “Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004” held on June 25 at Primera Hotel, Zamboanga City.

“Through the dialogue, we were able to discuss the role of the barangay in handling reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation,” said Rowena Eustaquio, Regional Focal for Women, Children, and Family.

According to her, the barangay is mandated to designate a gender-sensitive worker (kagawad or tanod) to be in charge of the barangay help desk that will receive and monitor VAWC cases and shall refer victims to the appropriate agency for the right intervention.

Rowena Eustaquio, Regional Focal For Women, Children and Family shares the role of the social welfare agency in the aspect of case management to fellow participants

The worker in the help desk must enter reports in the barangay blotter for child abuse and domestic violence cases where this shall be kept confidential at all times. Meanwhile, anyone can report to the barangay, and if the report is made by a victim who is less than 18 years old, only personal circumstances must be asked from him or her. 

“The barangay is not allowed to make settlements of VAWC cases on their level. Their role is to primarily receive reports and refer clients to the right agencies for proper intervention,” clarified Eustaquio.

The objective of the said dialogue was to find a common ground and understanding of the issues and concerns with regards to barangay settlement and referral system. During the activity, the roles of each of the participating agencies were also discussed. Aside from the DSWD and CHR, other agencies such as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH), and several barangay officials, to name a few, were also in attendance.

“The DSWD cannot save the world alone. We need a multi-stakeholder partnership to address the needs of our clients especially those who are victims of abuse and domestic violence,” she ended. ###

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DSWD readies for Listahanan 3 assessment

The DSWD Field Office 9 through the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) is currently preparing for the upcoming Listahanan 3 assessment to be conducted later this year pursuant to the Executive Order 867, series of 2010 which requires the updating of the Listahanan database every four years. 

“Right now, we are doing some preparatory activities in line with the forthcoming assessment in October this year,” said Michael DS. Mustafa, head of NHTU.

According to Mustafa, a four-phase project cycle will be observed to guide the process of identifying the poor. These phases include Preparatory Phase, Data Collection and Analysis Phase, Validation and Finalization Phase, and Reports Generation Phase.

Listahanan field worker together with one of the identified poor                        
   families at Brgy. Candelaria, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte

For Listahanan 3, the project cycle will run for 1 year and 2 months. “Since May 2019, we have already been working on with the first cycle.  The areas to be assessed and the data-collection strategy appropriate for those areas were already identified,” he added.

Furthermore, all provinces, municipalities, and cities across the region will be covered by the assessment. Apart from the identification of the areas, also included in the present phase are the updating of the Proxy Means Test (PMT) model, enhancement of the Listahanan information technology systems, hiring and training of field staff, and orientation of local government units (LGUs) and other project partners on the implementation of the L3 assessment.

“We will be deploying 1,247 field workers during the data-collection activity. They will be responsible for conducting house-to-house interviews to more than 700,000 target households,” he said. However, at present, the field office has yet to wait for the authority to hire before filling in the positions needed.

The Listahanan 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 serve as a reference in the formulation of programs and policies along with social protection. 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 the poor, particularly in social protection programs. ###

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DSWD defers payment of cash grants to UCT beneficiaries

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has recently ordered to postpone the payment of cash grants to the beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program due to the current Election Ban per Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Resolution No. 10429.

In a memorandum issued by the Office of the Assistant Secretary and Deputy Program Director of the UCT Program dated March 29, 2019 on the cancellation of scheduled UCT payouts nationwide, it was affirmed that the request for exemption of the DSWD was not yet acted upon by the poll body.

Despite being a high priority project of the government, it was decided however that the safest course of action is to postpone the payment of cash grants until the request for exemption is granted by the COMELEC.

Meanwhile, the COMELEC released a new resolution dated April 1, 2019 allowing the department to conduct payout to the household-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and to continue the implementation of the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) even during election period. (Read here: https://www.dswd.gov.ph/dswd-to-continue-its-programs-and-services-during-election-period/)

Documents presented by UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries are being verified thoroughly
for its completeness and authenticity before they may claim their cash grants at LBP.

In Region 9, the UCT Regional Project Management Office (RPMO) together with the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) have already conducted a series of payout activities to those household beneficiaries that were validated and identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan, since November of last year.

“With respect to Field Office 9, we have already commenced the Over-the-Counter (OTC) payout to all identified beneficiaries in the region. Although, some beneficiaries, specifically from Zamboanga del Sur, were left unpaid due to the fact that the municipalities in the province were requested by the bank to be paid through conduits,” said Atty. Johanna Marie Ruiz, UCT Regional Field Coordinator.

Atty. Ruiz also assured that the funds intended for the program are being secured by the disbursing entity. 

“Due to the foregoing circumstance, we would like to assure the public that all funds necessary for the implementation of the program are being kept safe by the LBP and shall be given to all identified beneficiaries, as soon as the procurement process of the bank has been completed and the DSWD has been given the exemption to proceed with the program by the COMELEC,” she expressed.

Furthermore, she reiterated that the funds shall not be used in other agenda aside from meeting the objective of the program. “The funds would NOT be used for any political agency or any other purpose aside from the true intention of the program and of the law,” she ended.

The UCT is a program of the DSWD that aims to mitigate the effects of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law particularly to poor households and individuals that may not benefit from the lower income tax rates but may be adversely affected by rising market prices.

It is currently implemented nationwide covering all 4Ps households, beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program, and other poor households (with estimated incomes falling below the poverty thresholds) identified by Listahanan. ###

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DSWD Field Office IX bags two national awards

The Field Office 9 of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) received two national recognitions in the recently concluded 2018 Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) held on March 29 at Diosdado Macapagal Auditorium, Landbank Plaza, Malate, Manila.

The Regional Information Officer of the Social Marketing Unit (SMU) Ivan Eric C. Salvador emerged as the Best Support Staff for 2018 while the SMU was recognized as 2nd Best Support Office.

“I would like to share the success to all the men and women who have significantly molded and engaged with me in all of my communication and advocacy works. This recognition is our shared success, for without the support and collaboration, I cannot be effective and efficient,” expressed Salvador. 

Best Support Staff: Ivan Eric C. Salvador

As head of the SMU, he spearheads the formulation and execution of the regional communication plan, which revolves on implementing different activities and strategies along communication, public relations, mass media, social marketing and advocacy geared towards increasing public awareness of the department’s programs and services, and building support from the different stakeholders using various communication channels.

Now, he is accordingly looking forward to a more productive year in helping the organization by coming up with new innovations and rendering more valuable contributions.

“I am looking forward for more opportunities to utilize my skills and energies to help not only our clients and beneficiaries but also our staff who need most of our technical asistance,” he added.

The Best Support Staff Award was given to Salvador for his significant support to the operations of the office through communication and advocacy activities, thereby contributing to the heightened awareness, appreciation and support to the agency’s programs, projects, and services by the clients, partners and the general public.

On the other hand, the SMU is the primary unit in the field office with the responsibility to undertake advocacy, publicity, and networking activities which shall embody the Vision, Mission, and the Goal of the department to promote social change, and to nurture relationships with the general public and partner stakeholders. In doing so, the SMU is tasked to implement communication and advocacy plans to raise awareness on the different programs and services of DSWD.

2nd Best Support Office: Social Marketing Unit

Apart from Salvador, the said unit is likewise comprised of various information officers of key programs namely; Fung Kay B. Choi (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program), Bernely Sheilaine N. De Leon (Sustainable Livelihood Program), Jonabeth C. Agana (KALAHI-CCIDSS), and Mumar I. Ibbin (Listahanan). Meanwhile, Juvelyn T. Sanogal serves as the administrative staff or secretary of SMU.

“May this recognition manifest the commitment and dedication we have to public service. May this inspire more workers in the department to work hard with embedded values with them. Strive to innovate and calibrate new ideas to introduce high impact breakthroughs contributing to the operation and implementation of the different programs and services of DSWD,” he said. 

Through the years, the SMU has served as a model office in portraying good performance, complete and effective staff work and exemplary practices.

“The values embodied in all of the staff are magnified in all of their undertakings. The unit has continuously served as the senses of the department by visualizing new communication strategies, listening to the people, and speaking for truth and rightful information,” he ended. 

During the awarding ceremony, the Financial Management Division (Field Office 3) and Standards Section (Field Office 10) were adjudged as 2018’s 1st and 3rd Best Support Offices respectively.

The Best Support Office Award aims to recognize offices that are able to provide support to the operations of the agency, making sure that the Major Final Outputs (MFOs) namely Social Protection Policy Services, Social Policy Services, Capacity Building Services, and Regulatory Services shall be effectively delivered to clients and intermediaries.

Aside from Salvador and the SMU, the regional awardees of the DSWD PRAISE 2018 for Best Division Chief (Asst. Regional Director for Operations- Fatima S. Caminan) and Best Social Worker (Teddy A. Kahil) were also shortlisted as one of the top three semi-finalists in their respective nominations. ARDO Caminan accompanied the national awardees from the region during the recognition rites. ###

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DSWD continues to make change work for women

The Field Office 9 conducted various activities to highlight and honor the achievements of the women sector in observance of the 2019 Women’s Month Celebration with the theme “We Make Change Work for Women.”

“As the lead agency in social protection, we would like to acknowledge the contributions of women in nation-building and educate them of the various laws protecting their rights,” said Protective Services Division (PSD) Chief Marilyn D. Fabian.

Headed by the PSD in partnership with the Sectoral Unit and the Social Marketing Unit (SMU), the department commenced the month-long celebration through hanging of tarpaulins in the field office, Centers and Residential Care Facilities (CRCF), and in all of the Social Welfare and Development Teams (SWADTs) across the region to show support of women empowerment.

DSWD FO IX strikes a pose during the annual Dia de Las Mujeres parade and fund-raising event on March 8 at Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, Zamboanga City.

The regional agency also participated during the annual Dia de Las Mujeres parade and fund-raising activity spearheaded by the City Government of Zamboanga last March 8. The event started along the RT Lim Boulevard and concluded at the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex with a short program.

For the whole month of March, the E-Media Mo: Servicio Todo-Todo (DSWD Edition) featured the programs and services of the Home for Women and tackled various issues and concerns on Women with Disabilities, Women and Livelihood, and Women Crisis and Vulnerabilities together with the different focals and heads of the field office invited as guests. 

Likewise, the PSD launched the Women in Action Photo Contest and the Purple Your Workplace Inter-Agency Contest. A 2-Day Seminar on Mental Health and Summer Diseases Awareness was also held on March 27 & 28 at Camp Batalla, RT Lim Boulevard, Zamboanga City.

Ms. Greta Martinez welcomes the participants to the 2-Day Seminar on Mental Health and Summer Diseases Awareness on March 27 at Camp Batalla, RT Lim Boulevard, Zamboanga City.

The celebration of the National Women’s Month is conducted every year as part of the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day governed by Proclamation No. 224 s. 1988 (Declaring the First Week of March each year as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day); Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 (Providing for the Observance of the Month of March as Women’s Role in History Month); and Republic Act No. 6949 s. 1990 (Declaring March 8 every year as National Women’s Day).

This year’s celebration is also anchored on the commitment of “Malasakit at Pagbabago” or True Compassion and Real Change. ###

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DSWD to start notifying UCT beneficiaries in Tawi-Tawi

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Field Office 9 will start notifying the beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program next week in the Province of Tawi-Tawi.

The National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) for BaSulTa will be conducting an orientation and coordination meeting together with the local government units (LGUs) of the province and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) – Bongao branch next week, February 27.

In addition, 44 notifiers will likewise undergo a training to learn about the process of the notification and registration of the UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries prior to their deployment in the 11 municipalities of Tawi-Tawi.  

“We have a total of 117,478 UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries to be notified and registered in the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. Among these areas, Sulu has the biggest target with 79,206 followed by Basilan with 23,194 eligible beneficiaries,” said Ben Nasser B. Isnain, NHTU head.  

Listahanan field validator interviews a potential beneficiary of UCT Program
in Siasi, Sulu during the conduct of household validation in 2018.

In Tawi-Tawi, out of the 17,106 households validated by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan last year, 15,078 were identified as eligible to receive cash grants from UCT.

Isnain added that among the municipalities in the province, Sitangkai has the most number of target (3,451) while only 93 beneficiaries will come from Turtle Island.

The UCT is a program of the DSWD that aims to mitigate the effects of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law particularly to those who may not benefit from the lower income tax rates but may be adversely affected by rising prices.

It seeks to provide cash grants to poor households and individuals for three consecutive years. During its pilot implementation in 2018, the beneficiaries will receive P2,400 for the year. For 2019 and 2020, the amount shall increase to P3,600 per year.

The UCT is currently implemented nationwide covering all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) households, beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program, and other poor households (with estimated incomes falling below the poverty thresholds)  identified by Listahanan. ###

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