DSWD goes ‘techie’ in identification of poor

As the second round of household assessment kicks off, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) explores a more efficient means of identifying poor households/families in the region. The department will be utilizing mobile devices (tablets) in the conduct of the house-to-house assessments in identified urban areas/barangays.

The utilization of these tablets aims to hasten the process from the actual assessment to acquiring results.

“(We will be using tablets) mobile for urban barangays for faster transmission (of data gathered by the field workers) to the National Project Management Office (NPMO) for Proxy Means Test (PMT) processing,” explained Regional Focal Person, Hasan B. Alfad.

DSWD has allocated a budget amounting to 1 million pesos for the purchase of 50 units of tablet and 20 laptops to be used during the assessment.

A total of 186,672 households out of the targeted 688,495 that reside in urban barangays will be assessed by the field enumerators of the Listahanan, DSWD.

The National Household Targeting Office (NHTO)-Listahanan of the DSWD spearheads the implementation of this project.

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The system makes available to National Government Agencies (NGAs) and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection program.

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Regional Associate Statistician, Sharon Faith Marzan, checks system on android device.

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DSWD ready for second household assessment in ZamPen

Zamboanga City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX (DSWD-9) is geared up to conduct the 2nd round of household assessment this second quarter of the year. This project is spearheaded by the Listahanan, formerly known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.

 A total of 1,778 field workers were trained to facilitate, supervise and ensure the completeness of the project. This includes 57 Area Coordinators, 287 Area Supervisors and 1,434 Field Enumerators who will assess households in region 9.

 The said training aims to equip the field staff with the technical know-how on proper conduct of the assessment, handling situational problems, ensuring quality on the data gathered and other work-related concerns. Furthermore, it also served as an avenue where the roles and responsibilities of a field worker were highlighted as a vital part in the success of the project.

 As the department that is mandated to promote and protect the welfare of the people, Listahanan ensures that the project is done with utmost accuracy by conducting a house-to-house assessment and interview with the respondents.

 “We have installed mechanisms for consistency and accuracy checks at every stage of the data collection process including, but not limited to, complete review by the Area Supervisors of the accomplished family assessment forms, spot checks and re-interview,” Regional Field Coordinator for Region 9, Atty. Antoniette Maria Lucero, said.

 The assessment is done every four years to update the list of poor households in the Listahanan database. It is a very vital undertaking as it will define the quality of data and information for the database that will serve as basis for beneficiary selection of national government programs and services for the next four years.

 The DSWD calls for the participation and full cooperation of the households to the project by allowing the field workers to conduct assessment inside their housing units.

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