Habagat Special Validation assess 14,917 HHs in Mindoro

The National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV- MiMaRoPa has assessed 14,917 households (HHs) in the recently finished Habagat Special Validation for the provinces of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro.
There were 6,003 HHs validated in the municipality of Abra de Ilog, another 3,349 HHs in Rizal and 1,217 HHs in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. For Oriental Mindoro, a total of 4,100 HHs were assessed in Baco and 240 HHs in Calapan City.
The said special validation was conducted from February to April 2013 which deployed 105 field staff who made house-to-house interviews using the DSWD Household Assessment Form (HAF) and Household Need Assessment Form (HNAF). The said forms contain the set of indicators deemed critical in identifying the socio –economic status of a household.
Gathered data are now subject to Proxy Means Testing (PMT), a statistical process to determine if the household is poor or not.
The Habagat Validation aims to determine the post-disaster socio-economic conditions of households who were affected by the southwest monsoon last August 2012. The results will facilitate the formulation of responsive intervention. ### Social Marketing Unit

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Search for 2013 Ulirang Nakatatanda Awards is on

At the heart of the Filipino culture lies a high regard for the elderly. It is a valued Filipino tradition to respect older persons and take care of them. The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV MiMaRoPa thru the Social Citizens (SC) Sector is now open for nominations for its 5th Regional Ulirang Nakatatanda Awards.

The Ulirang Nakatatanda Awards is collaborative effort of DSWD IV MiMaRoPa, Regional Inter-Agency Committee on the Philippine Plan of Action for Senior Citizen (RIAC-PPASC) and the Regional Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of the Philippines (RFSCAP) that aims to institutionalize the recognition of the capabilities of senior citizens in promoting their well-being, the disadvantaged group and communities. Specifically, it promotes the importance of senior citizens in the family and community; to give recognition to the significant contributions of individual senior citizens and senior citizen organizations in the promotion of programs for the welfare of senior citizens, other disadvantaged groups and communities; to heighten awareness of the family and community on the importance of senior citizens; and to inspire senior citizens to contribute to nation building.

The Regional Awards consists of Individual Awards where top two senior citizens for each category who have exemplified outstanding character and made significant contributions in their families and communities through public service, resource mobilization and leadership, among others. These categories are Professional, Government Service and Basic Sector.

Group Award where top two senior citizen organizations have made significant and outstanding contributions in the lives of their fellow senior citizens and communities through public service, innovative resource generation activities and positive influence in their families, community leaders and other sectors in their areas.

Any recognized senior citizens organization may submit nominations for individual and group awards in their respective provinces or cities. Previous nominees can still be nominated provided that they are not declared winner yet and must present their updated accomplishments.

All nominations should be supported with required documents and be submitted not later than June 28, 2013 to the DSWD Regional Office. Late submission will not be considered.

The Board of Judges in the Regional Level is composed of Regional Directors of CHD-DOH, DILG, DOT, DOLE, DTI, PIA, DepEd, DPWH and DSWD.

For complete details, visit the nearest Municipal/City/Provincial Social Welfare Development Office. ### SMU.

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NHTU holds 1st Inter-agency Meeting for 2013

inter-agencyMalate, Manila- The National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) in collaboration with the Senior Citizens Sector of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV MiMaRoPa conducted its first quarter Inter-agency Meeting last April 17, 2013 at the DSWD Conference Room.

The highlight of the said meeting is the discussion on the ‘inclusion and exclusion error’ on the social protection programs particularly on the Social Pension.

NHTU Regional Field Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo shared the accomplishment of National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) for the first quarter and provided the status of the Habagat Special Validation and the Regional Profile of Senior Citizens.

The said activity was attended by representatives from Field Offices of DTI, DOH, Philhealth, PIA, SSS and representatives from FSCAP, Provincial Government of Mindoro and Marinduque and City Government of Puerto Princesa. ###

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DSWD: No one should be left behind

An Iraya man affixing his thumbmark in the assessment form after the interview during the Habagat Special Validation in Sitio Lagnas, Lumangbayan Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro

An Iraya man affixing his thumb mark in the assessment form after the interview during the Habagat Special Validation in Sitio Lagnas, Lumangbayan, Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro

Abra de Ilog- To adhere to the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) goal of reducing the under coverage and exclusion of the department’s social protection program, National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) of Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV-B conducted a special household assessment to a community of Indigenous People (IP) called ‘Iraya’ in Sitio Lagnas, Lumangbayan last March 12-17, 2013.

Lagnas is the farthest Sitio in Lumangbayan, Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro. The Irayanons, a sub tribe of Mangyan have to walk for two days before reaching the town proper.

Regional Field Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo believes that the geographical location of IP communities limits the opportunity to access government’s social protection programs. Even Chairman Erwin Arile, barangay chairman, admits that he has not yet reached the area.

“Masaya ako na nagpunta kayo para kami ay matulungan kahit napakahirap ang pagpunta dito”, says Iraya Tribal Mayor Simmy Labison. The Local Government Unit thru the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office showed valuable support to the assessment.

A total of 65 Iraya households were assessed. Habagat Validation aims to determine the post-disaster socio-economic conditions of households who were affected by the southwest monsoon last August 2012. The results will facilitate the formulation of responsive intervention.

The said validation was participated by representatives from the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) Field Office IV and Office of the Mangyan Affairs (OMA), NHTU Area Coordinator, three Area Supervisors and 18 Enumerators.

NHTSPR is an information management system implemented by the DSWD that identifies ‘who and where the poor are’ nationwide. ###

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DSWD urges stakeholders on Data Sharing

Data Sharing is the last phase of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) cycle where the generated data may be made available to various stakeholders involved in social protection such as labor market interventions, social insurance, social safety nets and social welfare.

National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) of Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa encourages more National Government Agencies (NGAs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Peoples Organizations (POs) and Local Government Units (LGUs) to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Data Sharing and use NHTSPR data of poor households in identifying beneficiaries of their social protection programs.

Regional Project Manager Dir. Wilma D. Naviamos says, “This year we are targeting 25 more stakeholders and we will give focus on our advocacy campaign to attract more partner agencies and LGUs to enter into a MOA with the department.”

As of December 2012, DSWD IV- B has a total of 21 MOA with LGUs and NGAs. The municipalities of Gasan in Marinduque and Sta. Maria, Romblon have recently submitted MOA for partnership to support the implementation of NHTSPR project.

The NHTU shares data depending on the need of the data users.

Moreover, Executive Order No. 867 signed by Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued last March 2010 has directed all NGAs to adopt the result of NHTSPR in identifying potential beneficiaries for their social protection programs.

NHTSPR was able to assess 513,759 households across the five provinces of MiMaRoPa with 242, 633 identified poor households or equivalent to 1, 359, 280 poor individuals. ###

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DSWD orients field-based staff on SLPIS

Puerto Princesa City– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa thru the Sustainable Livelihood Program – Regional Program Management Office with the Regional Information Communication Technology Management Unit (RICTMU) conducted a training on the Sustainable Livelihood Program Information System (SLPIS) for Palawan Cluster last February 21-23, 2013 in Hotel Fleuris.

The activity aims to orient the field staff on the background of SLPIS so the users may enable to apply their knowledge and skills in the implementation of Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) using the system and to discuss and resolve issues and concerns on the implementation of the SLPIS.

SLPIS is an intranet-based Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system of the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program that aims to respond to the need for a faster and more accurate monitoring and evaluation towards effective and efficient program management, policy formulation, program development and decision making. It specifically responds to the need for complete and reliable data and information on the implementation of the SLP.

SLP is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the program participants’ socio-economic status. It is implemented through the Community Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) approach which equips them to contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets.

The activity was attended by 14 Project Development Officers (PDO). ###

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24 ENs attend the last training for Habagat Validation

Oriental Mindoro- There are 24 hired Enumerators (ENs) attended the last 3-day training for the Habagat Special Validation from February 6-8, 2013 in Parang Beach Resort, Calapan City.

The 3-day activity is a continuation of the series of training conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa thru the National Household Targeting Unit in preparation for the household assessment for the families affected by the southwest monsoon, Habagat last August 2012.

There are 6,075 projected households (HH) target for validation in the municipality of Baco and 431 households in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

Affected areas to be validated are based from the report submitted by Local Government Units to the DSWD and the Disaster Response Operation, Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC).

Enumerators are now deployed to generate data. They will be using the Household Need Assessment Form (HNAF) to assess the present household condition after the Habagat while Household Assessment Form (HAF) HAF will be administered to assess HH which are not covered in the nationwide enumeration in 2009.

Habagat Special Validation is expected to be completed before the election ban on the third week of March 2013. ###

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NHTU conducts series of training for Habagat Validation

San Jose, Occidental Mindoro- The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV-B thru the National Household Targeting Unit held series of training for field staff in preparation for the Habagat Special Validation.

The trainings aim to orient the field staff on the operational processes of determining the present condition of the identified poor and non-poor households (HH) in areas affected by Habagat as well as the economic status of HH which are not included in the NHTS-PR database but were affected by  the southwest monsoon.

Deputy Regional Project Manager Editha B. Ocampo said, “Magalak at mapalad na kayo ay bahagi sa misyong ito dahil napakahalaga ng iyong papel na gagampanan upang tukuyin kung sino at nasaan ang mahihirap na sambahayan sa ating bansa. Sa inyo nakasalalay ang magiging resulta ng proyektong ito”.

In August 2012, torrential rains brought about by the southwest monsoon, Habagat caused massive damage to properties and forced thousands families in MIMAROPA and other regions. Some of these families now have already returned to their homes or have stayed with relatives.

Habagat special validation will provide the department and other stakeholders with data on the post-disaster socio-economic conditions of the HH in the affected areas. This will also inform the department of the immediate and long-term needs of affected HH and facilitate the formulation of responsive intervention to affected HH.

The 2-day training for Area Coordinators (AC) and Area Supervisors (AS) was held at Sikatuna Beach Resort last January 31 to February 1, 2013. Training for Enumerators (EN) for Cluster 1 (Municipalities of Rizal and San Jose) and Cluster 2 (Municipality of Abra de Ilog) were simultaneously conducted from February 2-4, 2013.

There are 3 ACs and 13 ASs hired for Occidental and Oriental Mindoro.  A total of 27 ENs were hired for the municipalities of San Jose and Rizal and 36 ENs for Abra de Ilog. ###

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