Listahanan’s initial list of poor, not a guaranteed inclusion in Pantawid

“The DSWD clarifies that the initial list of poor households posted by the Listahanan does not guarantee the enlisted individuals inclusion in Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,” says Listahanan Focal Person, Hasan B. Alfad.

This statement is emphasized after receiving reports from the Area Supervisors (AS) assigned on field about the flock of complaints from residents wanting to be included in the programs of the DSWD, particularly the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

In the same manner, the list also does not mean delisting of those current beneficiaries who were identified as non-poor to the conditional cash-transfer program.

“There is no official statement coming from the DSWD that Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries will be delisted if they are no longer in the Listahanan’s list of poor households,” Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Regional Program Coordinator, Ma. Socorro Macaso said when heard about the complaints received.

Furthermore, the DSWD would like to clarify and reiterate that the department does not offer any grocery items nor cash grants to the enlisted families in the initial list of poor.

The public is encouraged to visit their barangay hall to check and/or correct any error that may have occurred during the regular household assessment.

Area Supervisors are deployed to receive complaints and queries for 15 days for each barangay.

Once validation is complete, Listahanan will produce a final database of poor households which will be shared to its partner-stakeholders upon request. This updated database is used by the National Government Agencies and all other stakeholders in identifying potential beneficiaries for social protection programs.

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country.

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Residents in Brgy. Boalan line up at Brgy. Health Center to validate DSWD’s list of poor

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DSWD enjoins public to validate list of poor households

final na talaga pramisThe Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX calls for the public to participate and file complaints should there be any corrections or grievances in the list of poor households.

This validation activity is in line with the 2nd second round of household assessment spearheaded by the Listahanan project.

Atty. Antoniette Maria Lucero, Regional Field Coordinator for Region 9, said that 83 Area Supervisors are now deployed in different parts of the region to post the initial list of poor in barangay halls for 5 days for the public’s scrutiny.

Queries, appeals and complaints will be entertained by the Listahanan Area Supervisors in barangay halls and will be forwarded to the Local Verification Committee (LVC) for resolution within the period of 15 days.

The LVC is composed of the Local Social Welfare and Development Officer (C/MSWDO) as Chairperson, local Planning and Development Coordinator (C/MPDC) and 3 other members identified by the Local Chief Executive or the City/Municipal Mayor.
The grievances/complaints that may be filed are the following:

  • An individual claims that a certain household should not be included in the list of poor households
    • An individual claims that they are poor and must be included in the list of poor
    • An individual claims that they have not been visited by an enumerator for an interview
    • An individual complains that the enumerator incorrectly entered data in the FAF
    • An individual claims that the list is incomplete and does not represent the actual poor households in the community

Once validation is completed, the official and final list of poor families will be generated and shared with data users to serve as their basis in selecting beneficiaries for social protection programs.

Regional Focal Person, Hasan B. Alfad, during the LVC Orientation and AS training said that the initial list of poor may or may not change after the validation phase depending on the complaints received, re-assessment and Proxy Means Testing.

The Listahanan formerly known as National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that will serve as basis in identifying beneficiaries for social protection programs.


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Beyond Incapability is a Changed Life

“Kahit ganito kami, may laban din pala kami.”

 Success does not require an able body. It only needs determination to embrace change despite the incapability.

Nora Aminuddin is someone people must take inspiration from not because of how much she has done but IMG_0734because of how much she has become after everything that has been done. She is but an ordinary civilian who works for a living in the busy street of Zamboanga City’s downtown.

With two little children with ages two and three, left with her to feed after sending off her eldest child to marry, Nora has been working hard day and night to supply their needs. She wakes up every morning hoping that one day, things would change and they would have enough resources to go through each day considering the fact that Nora has an orthopedic impairment most commonly classified as Polio. But this does not stop there.

The 9th of September marks the start of the bloody siege that caused the displacement of more than a hundred thousand people. It was at 2:00 in the morning that the city was in chaos and Nora, who was at the downtown that moment was deliberately instructed to go somewhere else as she could not go back to her home in Talon-Talon where she left her children. She told that her kids wanted to go to her but could not because it was simply impossible during that time.

With more soldiers than civilians in the wide streets of the city, Nora panicked, not able to move a muscle. “Hindi ko na alam kung saan ako pupunta kasi gyera na,” she said. The police then told her to go as she was still trying to sell off her goods. They told her to move out and look for a safer place to hide. “Hindi po ako pwedeng umalis kasi hihintayin ko ang mga anak ko,” she added with worries engraved in her eyes.

She forcefully insisted that she would wait for her children. “Kung magtatago po ba ako makikita po ba ako ng mga anak ko?” she asked the officer as she was forced to go. The police even called her family but could barely connect. The moment she was about to go, her children came. They ran all the way from Talon-Talon to where their mother was.

They were transferred to the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex (Grandstand) that is big enough to hold a huge number of people. Nora and her children, not including her eldest child who was left in her home at Sta. Catalina, were the first batch of evacuees accommodated in the complex. They received generous help from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) –help in terms of food, finances and more assistance that inspired them to get through the situation.

Since Nora was a PWD, she was brought by by the social workers to Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) after a month of taking refuge in the grandstand. The AVRC provides rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities like Nora Aminuddin. There are lots of things offered and taught to her in the AVRC; lessons on sign language to enable better communication with the deaf, mutual cooperation and connection with their co-PWDs, learning on how to boost self-esteem and how to protect themselves and also training in garments and other handy works.

 She was taught to be confident and never be shy despite her impairment because PWDs are also part of the society. “Kaya tumatag ang loob namin. Kahit ganito pala kami, may silbi din pala kami,” Nora said with joy in her face. She also added that after graduating in the AVRC, she would see to it that she would have a home-based livelihood so that she could also watch her children. “Kahit sa bahay lang ako, pwede kong mabantayan ang maliit kong anak. Takot na rin ako dahil sa nangyari dati,” she said emphasizing the fact that it is best for her to stay guarded.

Nora is now an empowered individual who managed to get on her feet and through her hardwork and a little help coming from the government. She said DSWD helped her open a door to new things that would she never thought could change her life for the better. “Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila kasi dahil sa kanila nabago ang buhay ko. Kahit papano tumatag ang loob ko,” she added. Because of the assistance she got, she now looks at herself differently and that she now has hope. “Dati nagtatago lang kami at nahihiya sa mga taong walang kapansanan, ngayon kahit pagtawanan kami, hindi na kami mahihiya dahil mayroon kami na wala sila,” Nora ended it with a big smile and a light heart. A changed life is more than just a twisted fate.


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DSWD assures Pantawid beneficiaries are assessed


Field Enumerators conducts actual household assessment in Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, now known as the Listahanan, intensifies its effort to make sure that all beneficiaries of the government’s conditional cash transfer program, otherwise known as the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) are assessed.

The regional office enlisted the help of parent leaders throughout the region to list down the names of beneficiaries who were not assessed by the Listahanan in the second round of household assessment. The households who signified are now being visited by the field workers to validate and assess if needed.

Unassessed beneficiaries may be due to any of the following reasons (1) the beneficiary/respondent lives in an area outside the pre-determined Pockets of Poverty; (2) the beneficiary/respondent was not in their home after being visited by the field enumerators multiple times; (3) they were missed out by the field enumerator.

In Zamboanga del Sur alone, ranked second highest number of beneficiaries in the entire country, there are a total of 140,804 Pantawid household-beneficiaries. It is Listahanan’s objective to make sure that all 140,804 are already in the database hence the need to validate.

Regional Field Coordinator for region 9, Antoniette Maria Lucero said that the directive of the Regional Director is to continue the assessment until all of the names on the list are validated.

“Except for those who were already interviewed during the Grievance Redress System (GRS) validation, all Pantawid beneficiaries should be assessed in the second round of household assessment,” Lucero said.

As of this writing, the Listahanan was already able to assess a total of 602,380 (Pantawid and non-Pantawid beneficiaries included) out of the targeted 688,495 in region 9.



The Listahanan will be utilizing tablets in urban areas/barangays for faster transmission of data gathered by the field workers to the National Project Management Office (NPMO) for Proxy Means Test (PMT) processing.

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.



Deputy Regional Program Management Officer-Listahanan, Pilar F. Francisco said they are hoping that beneficiaries would be truthful in answering the assessment questions as this may have an effect in the respondents’ poverty status.

Duplicates may also happen during the assessment. This means that a household was interviewed twice hence double entry in the Listahanan database.

“The household-beneficiary should tell our enumerators whether or not their household was already assessed to avoid duplicates. Duplicates may create inconsistencies in the data and therefore might affect the result of the assessment. A genuinely poor household may be tagged as non-poor if there are inconsistencies in the duplicates,” Francisco said.

Listahanan’s database determines the levels of wellbeing of the households– survival, subsistence and self-sufficiency.


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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DSWD-9 almost done identifying poor families


Field Enumerator interviews a family-respondent in Zamboanga del Norte for the 2nd round of household assessment.

ZAMBOANGA CITY –From the 688,495 estimated households in region 9, the Department of Social Welfare and Administration (DSWD), has already assessed 87% or equivalent to 602,380 households as of this writing.

By the end of August 2015, the assessment is expected to be done and initial results will become available.

“The initial results will be posted in all barangays in the entire region. The community in each barangay can check whether their household is classified as poor or non-poor,” said Deputy Regional Project Manager for Listahanan, Pilar F. Francisco.

Households with estimated incomes that are equal to and above the latest provincial poverty thresholds are considered non-poor and those with estimated incomes falling below the poverty thresholds are considered poor.

The identification of poor and non-poor households is done in an objective, systematic and transparent manner through an application called the Proxy Means Test (PMT) that is managed by the National Information Technology Office, based in the DSWD Central Office.

The PMT is a statistical model that estimates the income of a household based on the variables that are tested to be good predictors of income.

In order to secure a better targeting system, the PMT used in the 2009 household assessment was enhanced to produce accurate and reliable results.

Improvements made in the new model –such as inclusion of barangay characteristics as one of the determinants of poverty status and the installation of a 2nd stage screener to weed out possible inclusion errors – resulted to a decrease in model-based error rates, from having an inclusion and exclusion error rates of 22-35% in the 2009 model to 6.9-19.3% in the new model.

Should there be questions and complaints in the initial list of poor households, a Local Verification Committee will be formed to receive and act on complaints and appeals from the community.

“This further decreases possibility of having an inclusion and exclusion error in the database,” Francisco added.

The second round of household assessment is spearheaded by the Listahanan (formerly National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction), an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country.

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Listahanan enjoins public to become watchdogs, conducts photo contest

ZAMBOANGA CITY –As the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) embarks on the second round of household assessment this 2015, the department enjoins the participation of the public by helping in monitoring and ensuring that the assessment is conducted based on the prescribed protocols and processes.Poster - Photo Contest 1

The DSWD, through the Listahanan project, had just recently launched the Listahanan at Work Photo Contest that aims to engage the public by promoting transparency on the process of identifying poor households in the region.

“We are encouraging everyone to join this activity as this will help us promote the very essence of this assessment –that is to objectively identify who and where the poor are in the country,” Deputy Regional Program Management Office –Listahanan, Pilar F. Francisco, said in a statement.

The theme of the said competition is “Listahanan at work: identifying families in need of social protection.”

Said photo contest is open to all photography enthusiasts aged 16 to 25 years old. Interested participants must submit at least three (3) sample photos together with an accomplished application form which can be downloaded at or secure copy from the Social Marketing Unit of the DSWD Field Office 9.

All DSWD employees, however, are not qualified to join the competition.

Official participants will be gathered for a 1-day orientation on the Listahanan second round of household assessment before they will be deployed to the field to take photos of the actual assessment.

First prize, second prize and third prize winners will receive P10,000.00, P7,000.00 and P5,000.00 respectively. Plaques and consolation prizes will also be given.

Regional first place winner will be invited to attend the National Launching of the Listahanan 2 Database of Poor families.

Deadline of submission of application is on July 06, 2015.

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Listahanan is the DSWD information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. It is a comprehensive socio-economic database of poor households as basis for determining beneficiaries of different social protection programs and services.

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DSWD warns public against fake enumerators

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warned the public against unscrupulous individuals who present themselves as employees of DSWD conducting a house-to-house assessment and asking money from the families in exchange for a promise to include them as beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The incident alarmed the department after receiving reports about bogus field workers who take advantage of the ongoing household assessment. The said assessment is conducted by the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

Deputy Regional Project Manager for Listahanan-DSWD 9, Pilar F. Francisco, clarified that the officially hired field workers are given identification cards with name, ID number, picture and signature of the Regional Director. These IDs are required to be worn by the enumerators, area supervisors and area coordinators at all times when they are on field to be identified as workers of the DSWD.

Furthermore, the enumerators will be using a 4-page questionnaire with logos and watermarks in the assessment of households. This questionnaire uses special paper with security features that make it difficult to repIMG_1004licate.

After the interview, the enumerators will leave a proof of assessment to indicate that the household has already been assessed. This proof of assessment, likewise, bears security features making it difficult to copy.

More importantly, the field workers of the DSWD do not collect and ask for any payment for the conduct of the assessment. Listahanan does not guarantee the assessed families that the latter will be included in any programs and services. However, database of poor families as identified by the Listahanan will serve as basis in the identification of potential beneficiaries of the social protection stakeholders.

The incident is now under further investigation by the field office.

The public is encouraged to inform the DSWD office of any similar incident for proper action. They may also send their concerns to text hotline numbers 0918-9122813 by texting Listahanan<space>name<space>location<space>grievance/inquiry.



Listahanan enumerator doing an actual household assessment

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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.



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

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