Hiring for Listahanan 2013 household assessment, now complete

More than 1600 project-based staff were hired for the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction second round assessment of the Department and Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa. This includes the Area Coordinators, Area Supervisors, Enumerators, Encoders and Verifiers.

Applicants from Puerto Galera, Occidental Mindoro taking the qualifying test during the screening process conducted by the Human Resource Development Unit  last August 1, 2013.

Applicants from Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro taking the qualifying test during the screening process conducted by the Human Resource Development Unit last August 1, 2013.

The province of Palawan has 552 field staff while 124 staff are in Marinduque. There are 234 staff in Occidental Mindoro and 459 staff in Oriental Mindoro. Nonetheless Romblon has 161 field staff. A total of 147 Encoders and Verifiers are hired which will be assigned at the regional office.

“We acknowledge the support of the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) staff for facilitating the screening of highly qualified applicants. Also, the valuable support of the Local Government Units through the Municipal and City Social Welfare and Development Offices” said Regional Field Coordinator, Ernie H. Jarabejo.

The series of screening of applicants was conducted from July to August 2013 across the five provinces in MiMaRoPa.

Listahanan is the Department’s targeting mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are that started in 2009. The result from the assessment will be the basis of targeting beneficiaries for the government’s social protection programs. ###

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NHTSPR second round assessment targets half a million households in MiMaRoPa

With the successful launching and implementation of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) Central Database in 2009, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa is now preparing for its second round of regionwide household assessment this September.

Targeting 591,699 households across five island provinces in MiMaRoPa, the DSWD will be deploying field staff to conduct house-to-house interviews as part of the four-year updating of database of poor and non-poor households to establish its integrity and relevance in identifying beneficiaries for various social protection programs.

DSWD will be using a four-paged revised Household Assessment Form (HAF) which is deemed critical to identify the socio-economic status of a household. HAF contains 42 verifiable indicators such as household composition, housing structure, education of household members, material assets and access to basic services.

“We will assess all households in the community particularly those barangays located in rural areas while barangays situated in urban centers are subject for saturation or pockets of poverty depending on the  magnitude of poor households”, says Regional Field Coordinator, Ernie H. Jarabejo.

The collected data will go  through Proxy Means Test (PMT), a statistical formula that estimates the income of households based on the proxy variables in the household assessment form to identify if the household is poor or not.

Moreover, these field staff will undergo series of training to equip them for the conduct of household assessment before they will be assigned in their respective areas. Trainings are scheduled on August to October 2013.

NHTSPR is the result of the Department’s effort to respond to the need of mapping out who and where the poor are nationwide. ###

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DSWD to hire project-based staff for NHTSPR enumeration

With the second round of household assessment to be conducted this September, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office MiMaRoPa is now looking for active and socially responsible staff for the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR).

“We are hiring starting today, project-based staff such as Area Coordinators, Area Supervisors Enumerators, Encoders and verifiers that will help complete the 2013 NHTSPR household enumeration,” says DSWD Regional Field Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

DSWD is in need of 49 Area Coordinators, 247 Area Supervisors, 1,233 Enumerators and 147 Encoders and Verifiers who will be assigned in the five provinces of MiMaRoPa.

“This is the second round of household enumeration based on the guidelines on regular updating of the NHTSPR Central Database every four years,” Jarabejo added.

NHTSPR is the department’s targeting mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are that started in 2009. The result from the assessment will be the basis of targeting beneficiaries for government’s social protection programs.

“They will be conducting house-to-house interviews using the departments Household Assessment Forms. Their main function is to ensure that every household in the region is covered”, said Jarabejo

Interested applicants may send their resume thru e-mail at: fo4b@dswd.gov.ph or personally submit their application letter at the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Team at the provincial office. Deadline for submission of applications will be on July 26, 2013.

For complete details visit the nearest Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO).###

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DSWD calls to observe PWD rights

disability_dswdAnything that hampers normal physical function is a disability. In empowering the person with disabilities (PWD), the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV- MiMaRoPa celebrates the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week anchored with the theme: “Building an Inclusive and Non-Handicapping Environment for Person with Disabilities”.

“In collaboration with the Regional Council on Disability Affairs (RCDA) we will be having series of activity that will highlight the rights of PWDs this July 17-23, 2013 in Romblon, Romblon,” says DSWD PWD Focal Person Geneliza Gabilan.

Aside from PWD orientation and consultation dialogue with partner agencies, LGUs and private sectors, the department will be initiating a One-Stop-Shop Activity which will cater fun games for children with disability; legal consultation; livelihood programs orientation and onset (manual) and on-line PWD registration.

People with disabilities are often negatively stereotyped and marginalized by the rest of society.”Though we do not receive formal complaints about PWD discrimination in the region, issues like that arises during our consultation dialogues. It’s an unreported cases”, said Gabilan.

Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos says, “PWDs are entitled to equal rights as well as access to education and employment”. Moreover, RA9442 has directed that PWDs are sanctioned with privileges’ and incentives such as 20% discount from all establishments particularly with the utilization of all services in hotels, restaurants and recreation centers like theaters and cinema houses; 20% discount for the purchase of medicines in all drugstores and; 20% for medical and dental services.

Furthermore, part of this year’s celebration is to give focus on employment and provide livelihood programs among our PWDs and households members with disabilities. “It is a challenge for us that government and private agencies should observe the newly passed bill, RA 10524,” Gabilan added.

RA No. 10524, an act expanding the positions reserved for PWD that provides 1% of all positions in all government and private agencies and offices shall be reserved for persons with disability.

In MiMaRoPa, 10,263 households have members with disability as identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) based on the 2009 household assessment. Among the identified disabilities, visual impairment has the most number of cases with 2,038 followed by speech problem with 1,218 cases. On the other hand, 1,064 PWDs were recorded to have hearing problem and 867 more having mental disability.

Generally, PWDs found in the province of Palawan according to NHTSPR database, the department’s targeting system that identifies ‘who and where the poor are’ in the country. ###

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Pangungulilang pinunan ng Social Pension

Larawan si Lola Flora Bullag ng katatagan, sa kabila ng lahat hindi pa rin nawawala sa kanya ang pag-asa.

Larawan si Lola Flora Bullag ng katatagan, sa kabila ng lahat hindi pa rin nawawala sa kanya ang pag-asa.

Sa maliit na kubo na yari sa pinagtagpi-tagping plywood, sako at nipa, ginugugol niya ang kanyang boung maghapon. Naghihintay, nangungulila  at mag-isang nilalabanan ang dagok  ng kahirapan sa bawat araw na lumilipas.

Siya si Flora Bullag, 83 anyos at residente ng Barangay Panacan II, Narra, Palawan. Sa kanyang edad, hindi na siya halos makalakad, hirap ng gumalaw. Hindi na rin siya halos makarinig at nahihirapan na ring makakita. Bagama’t may mga anak siya na dapat umaalalay sa kanyang katandaan, wala ni isa sa mga ito ang na sa kanyang tabi.

“May dalawa akong anak na lalaki si Danilo na nasa El Nido (Palawan) at si Jessie na naninirahan sa Panay (Capiz). Kapwa nasa malayo at may kanya kanyang pamilya na rin,” tugon ni LoLa Flora.

Dulot umano ng matinding kahirapan, naisipan nilang lisanin ang Panay, Capiz at piniling manirahan sa Narra, Palawan. Kapiling ang kanyang asawa, nanirahan sila ng matiwasay sa bagong lugar at doon na biniyayaan ng tatlong anak na lalaki.

“Ang isa sa pinakamasakit na nangyari sa buhay ko ay ang mawalan ng anak.” Taong 1988 nang mamatay ang pangatlo nitong anak dahil umano sa sakit habang yakap-yakap niya. Ilang taon lang din ang nakalipas ng sumunod at namatay ang kanyang asawa. Dito na nagsimula ang kanyang pamumuhay ng mag-isa.

Kasalukuyan, si lola ay isang benepisyaryo ng Social Pension, programa ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) kung saan nagbibigay tulong pinansyal sa mga mahihirap na Senior Citizens na may edad 77 anyos pataas. Siya ay isa lamang sa 11,953 na benepisyaryo ng programa  sa boung MiMaRoPa.  Sa pamamagitan ng National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR), isang pamamaraan ng departamento sa pagkilala kung ‘sino at nasaan’ ang mahihirap na sambahayan sa ating bansa, natukoy ang tulad ni Lola Flora na nangangailangan ng kaukulang tulong.

“Ang perang binibigay sa akin ay ginagamit ko pambili ng bigas at ulam, gamot at minsan naman damit,” wika niya. “Malaking biyaya talaga ito sa aming matatandang mahihirap na walang ibang pwedeng asahang tulong.”

Bagama’t umano’y nagbibigay tulong pinansyal ang kanyang mga anak, hindi pa rin ito sapat. “Nagpapadala naman sila sa akin ng pera, minsan P500.00 pero bihira lang”, dagdag niya.

Dito napansin ko ang hawak-hawak niyang itak. “Ang itak na ‘to ay ang nagsisilbing panlaban  ko sa anumang masasama”, sabi niya. Napagtanto ko na sa kabila ng kanyang kahinaan, pinilit niyang mamuhay ng masaya at matatag. Sa tulong na rin ng kanyang mga kapit-bahay ay naitatawid niya ang kanyang araw-araw na pangangailangan.

“Salamat sa Diyos at may programa (Social Pension) ang gobyerno tulad nito, dahil kung wala hindi ko alam kung paano pa ako patuloy na mamumuhay”, ang masayang pasasalamat ni Lola Flora.

Larawan si Lola Flora ng katatagan, sa kabila ng kanyang pag-iisa nalalampasan niya ang araw-araw na hamon ng buhay. Ngunit hindi rin maikukubli sa kanyang mga mata ang tunay niyang nararamdaman: ang kalungkutan, pangungulila at pananabik. Hindi lamang tulong pinansyal ang kanyang pinanabikan kundi ang makapiling ang kanyang mga anak at apo at maramdamang muli ang pagpapahalaga at pagmamahal  mula sa mga ito.###


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LGU official commends DSWD programs

Cagayancillo, Palawan- The local government unit (LGU) of Cagayancillo attests that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) adheres to uplift and empower the life of the vulnerable sectors.

Vice Mayor Elect Jotham S. Tapalla says, “The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) is an effective mechanism that helps identify who the poor are in Cagayancillo. It prioritizes the poor households to avail social protection programs of the government like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program”.

Cagayancillo is a 6th class municipality and is considered one of the poor municipalities in the province of Palawan based on household income. The Vice Mayor said that the program really helps the Cagayanens where it teaches to value the importance of education and health.

Moreover, Pantawid Pamilya is well implemented in the municipality. “The increase of number of enrollees in the elementary and secondary education here only shows the positive effect of the program”, Tapalla added.

NHTSPR is an information management that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide. It has identified   601 poor households in the municipality and 478 or 79.5 percent of poor households are now served by the Pantawid Pamilya.

Pantawid Pamilya is a conditional cash transfer program of the DSWD that aims to eradicate the extreme poverty in the country by investing in health and education particularly 0-14 years old children.

DSWD ensures that the poor are targeted and included in the social protection programs. ###

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DSWD brings hope to Cagayanens

Cagayancillo, Palawan– In adherence to the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) goal of reducing the under coverage and exclusion of the department’s social protection programs, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa conducted a special household  validation  in Sitio Cawili, Barangay Magsaysay.

Cawili is an island sitio of Barangay Magsaysay, Cagayancillo which can be travelled in an hour by boat from the municipal proper to the islet. The big waves are a common experience during the travel. Nonetheless, the white beach and wild birds locally known as “Ku-ok” are just few amazing features of the place.

Though the island is gifted with beauty and wonders of nature, another face of the island is hidden. “Napakaganda na kayo ay nagpunta dito para makita ninyo ang tunay na sitwasyon  namin”, says Sitio Leader Norlita Cabayo. “Kami ay nagagalak at ito ay nagbigay sa amin ng pag-asa dahil marami talaga ang mahihirap dito sa Cawili.”

Special household validation aims to identify possible beneficiaries of social protection program like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Cagayanens, the locals of the place and the LGU officials showed valuable support on the conduct of household assessment.

DSWD has assessed 26 households in Cawili using the department’s Household Assessment Form (HAF) which is deemed critical to identify the socio-economic status of a household. HAF contains verifiable variables such as household composition, housing structure, education of household members, material assets and access to basic services.

Cabayo stressed that the primary problem in the sitio is the lack of permanent jobs.  Most residents are dependent only to marine products. Moreover, she calls to have livelihood programs in the area.

The said sitio has a total of 112 households, 58 households of which are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya.

NHTSPR is a data management that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide that is implemented by the DSWD.###

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Poor households in MiMaRoPa need sanitary toilets

Some 105,502 poor households in MiMaRoPa still have no access to toilets, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) database shows.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR), the targeting system of ‘who and where the poor are’ of the department identified that 43 percent of poor households across the region lacks sanitary toilets.

The 2009 NHTSPR  household assessment revealed that most of these toilet-less poor households are found in the province of  Palawan with 38, 313  followed by Oriental Mindoro with 30,079, and Occidental Mindoro with 19,374. Nonetheless, Romblon have 10,608 and 7,128 households in Marinduque respectively.

DOH said that the main reason for this problem is poverty and the fact that putting up toilets is not their top priority. “We stopped giving free toilet bowls due to the increase in number of households. But we are using the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) to solve the problem with the help of the Local Government Units,” says Alejandre B. Mercado, Sanitation and Inspector of Department of Health (DOH) IV-MiMaRoPa.

CLTS is an innovative methodology for mobilising communities to completely eliminate open defecation.

Meanwhile, DSWD database tells that the rural areas in the region posted the biggest percentage share of households more likely to be openly defecating.

“The lack of sanitary toilet could lead to diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, ascaris and parasitic worms where the children are at high risk which can result to malnutrition” said Mercado.

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