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Listahanan nationwide assessment targets half a million households in MiMaRoPa

MALATE, Manila–Targeting 591,699 households across five island provinces in MiMaRoPa, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa will be deploying 1,528 field staff to conduct house-to-house interviews as part of updating of Listahanan database of poor and non-poor families.

“With the successful launching and implementation of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or ListahananCentral Database in 2009, the Department is now preparing for its second round of nationwide household assessment this first quarter of 2015,” said DSWD Regional Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

Listahanan is the result of the government’s effort to respond to the need of mapping out who and where the poor are nationwide.

This to establish the integrity and relevance of   DSWD’s list of poor families in identifying potential beneficiaries for various government social protection programs,Jarabejo added.

The Department will be using a two-paged revised Family Assessment Form (FAF) for pen and paper method and mobile application through electronic system. FAF contains verifiable indicators such as household composition, housing structure, education of household members, material assets and access to basic services which is deemed critical to identify the socio-economic status of a family.

“We will assess all households in the community particularly those barangays located in rural areas through saturation method while barangays situated in urban centers are subject for assessment through  pockets of poverty depending on the magnitude of poor households,”Jarabejo said.

The collected data will go through Proxy Means Test (PMT), a statistical formula that estimates the household income based on the non-income variables to identify if the family  is poor or not.###­­­

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Indigent senior citizens of Romblon receives cash assistance

ROMBLON, Romblon –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV – MiMaRoPa recently distributed  a Php1,500 cash grant to 364 indigent senior citizens as a subsidy for the last quarter of 2014.

According to Susana F. Malihan, Head, Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA), the cash assistance is allocated by the National Government and distributed by DSWD through its Social Pension Program (SocPen). The program provides cash subsidy to indigent senior citizens age 77 and above. The beneficiaries are seniors who are poor, frail and sickly, with physical disability and are not recipient of pension from GSIS, SSS, Veteran and other insurance company; and do not have a permanent source of income or support from any family members.

Socpen aims to improve the lives of indigent senior citizens and enables financial capacity to buy food, medicine and vitamins.

In a short message, Municipal Social Welfare Officer Ma. Lourdes M. Fajarda emphasized that the cash assistance from the program will not cover all their needs, she added “the national government assures that through discounts from various establishments, public transports and free medical assistance through PhilHealth, what Socpen does not cover is compensated”.

SocPen is one of the many social protection programs of DSWD that hopes to improve the well-being of indigent senior citizens.###

 

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