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DSWD to launch database of poor in MiMaRoPa


Listahanan enumerator administering interview during the conduct of the second round household assessment. Photo: Joebert Famini

Listahanan enumerator administering interview during the conduct of the second round household assessment. Photo: Joebert Famini

MALATE, Manila- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to launch the new Listahanan database on the 30th day of this month in Puerto Princesa City Palawan.

From the 569,316 households assessed and validated, 207,863 or 36.5 percent are identified poor in MiMaRoPa or Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan provinces.

Palawan shares the highest percentage in the regional results at 40.2% or 83,520 poor households while Oriental Mindoro has 25.7% share or 53,323 households. Meanwhile, Occidental Mindoro has 18.3% or 37,983 households; Romblon has 9.6% or 19,860 households; and Marinduque has 6.3% share or 13,177 households.

The variation of shared percentage of poor households is parallel to the geographical size and the total population enumerated per province.

“Household assessments were conducted from March 2015 until the end of December 2015 administered by 1,772 field staff covering five provinces, two cities, 71 municipalities and 1,459 barangays in eight congressional districts,” said Ernie Jarabejo, Regional Coordinator.

DSWD uses two mode in data gathering: the paper and pen Family Assessment Form (FAF) for rural barangays and the FAF mobile version installed in android tablets for urban barangays. FAF which is critical to determine their socio-economic status that contains verifiable indicators such as household composition, housing structure, demographic profile, access to basic necessities, Person with Disability and Indigenous People.

On the other hand, gathered data are encoded into a computer-based system and subjected to Proxy Means Test, a statistical model that estimates household income using proxy variables indicated in the FAF.  The estimated income will be compared to the poverty thresholds wherein households whose income below the set provincial poverty line is considered poor.

Listahanan is the government mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are, which started in 2009. It aims to have an objective selection of potential beneficiaries for social protection programs intended for the poor.###

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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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