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DSWD to validate poor households for unconditional cash transfers

Cordillera Administrative Region – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here is set to validate 32,010 households in the region who are potential beneficiaries of unconditional cash transfers (UCT) under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

The number is among the 10 million households across the country that are eyed to benefit from UCT led by the Department of Finance (DoF) and implemented through the DSWD. The UCT is seen to help cushion the impact of the TRAIN Law on consumption among the poor.

OIC- Regional Director Janet Armas said that the validation process ensures that the recipients still reside in their addresses and are still poor as they were during the 2015 assessment. She also added that the Department will closely coordinate with local government units to assist validators in household level verification.

UCT beneficiaries include the existing 4.4 million Pantawid Pamilya (conditional cash transfer) grantees and some 3 million beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program for indigent senior citizens. Meanwhile, the remaining 2.6 million households, which will be the subject for validation, are from the list of poor under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or the Listahanan.

Moreover, DSWD Cordillera will hire around 150 validators to verify status of the 32,010 households in the entire region. The validation process is expected to last for two to three months.

“Our validators will do house to house validation. There should be a qualified respondent for us to continue with the validation process” Dir. Armas said.

Qualified respondents include household members who are 15 years old and above. Names of those who were not validated after two callbacks shall be listed in the Non-Validated Household Log (NHL) and shall be certified by the barangay.

The UCT will be implemented for three years. For 2018, beneficiaries will receive P200 monthly and will increase to P300 per month by 2019 and 2020. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Mark Erik King Guanzon and Rogerson Dennis Fernandez

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Hope, Confidence, and Diligence – Jocelyn’s weapons to overcoming poverty

Jocelyn inspires the attendees during the Pantawid Regional Advisory Committee Meeting

Like many Pantawid beneficiaries, Jocelyn Llano, dreams of a better future for her family. For her, every day is a struggle to make ends meet. But she has also learned that every day, and every meeting is an opportunity in disguise.

Source of strength

Jocelyn Dayao Llano is a 34 year old high school graduate and a native of Lualhati, Baguio City. Her husband, Romy Sagubo, 32, is also high school graduate. They are renting a small room in the city with their two children, Vhan Allen (Grade 5) and Jancel Alyser (Kindergarten) who are both studying at Rizal Elementary School.

She understands the difficulty of raising a family with their economic situation, thus she does everything in her power to help her husband who is a laborer.

She and her husband have casual jobs, but it hardly sufficed for their daily needs. Back in 2013, their household became part of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Diligence has no age

She started traditional “hilot” massage when she was still young and single. This continued to be her source of income to make ends meet as she had her family. But having a small number of regular clients could not compensate the high cost of living in the city. Her clients would also often ask her if she was a licensed massage therapist because she apparently have the skills of a professional, but for the longest time, her answer was no.

This changed when she decided to push through and continue to improve her skills.

In 2008, she completed a course on Basic Massage through the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System. However, she realized that having a certificate on Basic Massage is not enough to land her a job in massage marlors. Thus, she furthered her knowledge and skills through a Massage Training and took the DOH Licensure Examination for Massage Therapist given by the Department of Health through the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program in 2015. That same year, she passed this licensure examination.

As a licensed, freelance massage therapist, Jocelyn now earns PhP 10,000.00-12,000.00 monthly. During the RAC_RSDC meeting, she happily shared her story. The Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) and Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) is an interagency committee that convenes different national government agencies to work together, harmonize, and complements various programs and services of the government for Pantawid beneficiaries in convergence areas. During these meetings, one Pantawid beneficiary is enjoined to share their story of change. For this quarter, Jocelyn of Baguio City was chosen.

Jocelyn shared that her life back then was difficult and earning money without a certificate or license was a daily struggle. “Noon hirap akong humanap nang PhP 100.00, ngayon kinikita ko na’to sa loob lamang ng 5 minutes”.

Her yearning to improve herself and help others did not stop there. In September 2016, she was accepted as one of the trainors in Basic Massage under DepEd’s ALS. And just recently, she was commissioned as an on-call Lactation Massage Specialist at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

When asked if she regrets not having a degree and formal training in school, her answer was simple but striking. “Marami ngang nakapagtapos, pero wala namang trabaho”.

Stand tall, stand out

“Noon, nakayuko akong maglakad, kase nahihiya ako sa kalagayan ko, pero ngayon kaya ko nang maglakad ng taas noo”, Jocelyn shared. She added that their situation before, being poor and disadvantaged because she was not educated made her scared to take opportunities. This was how Jocelyn faced life back then, always looking down at her situation not seeing all the opportunities that passed by because she’s too scared to look up.

There was one time when his eldest son asked to be enrolled in Taekwondo Class, but she was not able to do because of their financial constraints. That broke Jocelyn’s heart.

Now that she has had quite an education through ALS and life experiences, her confidence was boost.
With this, she is now able to reap the benefits of her labor. Staying true to her promise, she has started to sow.

She said that with hard work, her dream house is now under construction. “Kung noon nangungupahan lang ako, ngayon, pag tapos na yung bahay ko, ako na ang magpapa-upa. Nakakapagod mag-masahe, pero alam bawat patak ng pawis ko ay katumbas ng isang cemento na pagpapagawa ng bahay ko”.

Although it took her almost a decade to surpass the challenges of her life, she is determined to keep her faith and continue to serve and help others by her healing hands. She also shares her wisdom and charisma to her fellow beneficiaries as well as her fellow massage therapists.

Jocelyn claimed that her life changed after getting licensed. For her, it is not all about the money, but the self-confidence she earned because of these opportunities. She now has a stable job that enables her to pay the bills and also have extra money to fulfill her eldest son’s dream to enroll in Taekwondo Class. He is now training at Bravehearts in Abanao, Baguio City.

Jocelyn is just one of the many faces of Pantawid Pamilya who have fought extreme poverty and is now slowly transitioning into financial stability. In her journey to attain her dreams for her family, she realized she realized that nothing can’t be done with hope and confidence. These became her weapons to change her fate amidst all the difficulties in life.#DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Phylein Maria Rosette U. Callangan with Ellen G. William

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Poor Cordillera households to receive PhP 200 Cash Transfer

Cordillera Administrative Region- In accordance to the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law this year, the Unconditional Cash Transfer lodged under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to distribute to selected beneficiaries is also on its way.

The Unconditional Cash Transfer scheme of the DSWD aims to serve around 10 million poor households. This comprises of 4.4M households of Pantawid Pamilya, 3M indigent senior citizens of Social Pension Program, and 2.6M list of poor from Listahanan.

In the Cordillera Administrative Region, the 62, 880 households of Pantawid Pamilya will receive the UCT. As for the Social Pension Program, a total of 85,048 indigent senior citizens will also receive it. The numbers for around 32,010 remaining households of which CAR will cater will still be subject to validation using the Proxy Means Test (PMT) of DSWD’s Listahanan.

According to OIC-Secretary Emmanuel A. Leyco, all Pantawid Pamilya registered clean and active households will receive an additional P 200.00 unconditional cash transfer on top of their regular grants. 1.8 million beneficiaries with cash cards or automated teller machine (ATM) cards will receive this additional benefit first. The 2.6 million Pantawid Pamilya members without cash cards will receive the UCT grant through conduits as soon as possible.

“Our OIC-Regional Director Janet P. Armas is in constant coordination with the office of the OIC-Secretary regarding the status of release of these grants” Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Coordinator Fatima D. Florendo said.

UCT aims to alleviate the additional cost of living brought about by the increase in amount of common commodities. “This is unconditional since they are not required to be compliant with either health and education conditionalities of the program, unlike the Rice Subsidy that they are also receiving”, Florendo added.

Baguio City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty F. Fangasan also likes the idea of the Unconditional Cash Transfer to temporarily alleviate the needs of the beneficiaries but also believes this meager amount isn’t sustainable in the long run, and how the TRAIN will affect the beneficiaries is her main concern. “Tayo nga na working, hirap na sa mga bilihin, sila pa kaya?. Pero siyempre we make sure na we cater to their needs by giving what services we have to them as well”, she added.

“Para sa akin, pabor ito, kahit konti lang ung 200, kasi siya pang dagdag na panggastos para sa mga bata” shared Ligaya Dela Cruz, one of the Pantawid beneficiaries from Baguio City.

The UCT will be implemented for 3 years. For 2018, each Pantawid Pamilya household will receive P200 per month or a total of P2,400 a year. This will increase to P300 per month or P3,600 annually for both 2019 and 2020. A total of P24 billion has been allocated for the UCT in the 2018 budget in accordance to the General Appropriations Act.

“We are committed to serving the Filipino people the best way that we can,” OIC-Secretary Leyco concluded. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Phylein Maria Rosette U. Callangan

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Local Government Units urged to implement Yakap Bayan Framework for drug surrenderers

Cordillera Administrative Region-The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here continues to encourage all local government units of the region to adopt the Yakap Bayan Framework in providing interventions to drug surrenderers. This is in consonance with the resolution approved by the Regional Development Council (RDC) and Cordillera Regional Peace and Order Council (CRPOC) on 15 November 2017. The said resolution was prior recommended by the Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) chaired by the DSWD.

The Yakap Bayan Framework of intervention is an off-shoot of the Ifugao Reflection Camp which is an indigenous rehabilitation model developed by the Province of Ifugao. It provides part center and part community-based rehabilitation for drug surrenderers. It ensures that culture is integrated into solutions and utilize available resources and programs in the locality. The Yakap Bayan Framework also aims to harmonize all existing government programs, projects, activities to provide a concrete and sustainable system of rehabilitation and continuum of care for former drug users and support measures for the strengthening of families and communities.

“We recognize that drug problem in the region is a multi-faceted challenge that the DSWD alone cannot address. This framework will help us provide a holistic approach in addressing it.” DSWD-CAR OIC- Regional Director Janet P. Armas shared.

Under the Yakap Bayan Framework, drug surrenderers receive various interventions such as medical treatment and rehabilitation, psychosocial interventions, skills training, and leadership training.

As of December 2017, there are around 10,880 drug surrenderers in the Region of which 7,403 drug surrenderers are already provided with interventions under the rehabilitation and reintegration cluster in which they received interventions from various offices and groups including the assessment for Alcohol Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test and Drug Dependency Examination
“We are currently accounting the interventions provided to around 30% of our drug surrenderers since it is not only the National Government that provide interventions to them. We also have non-government organizations, peoples’ organizations, academe and other groups that assist them”, Dir. Armas added.

Around 3,890 drug surrenderers are undergoing community-based rehabilitation while 2,227 have already finished such. Community-based rehabilitation is spearheaded by the respective local government units with the assistance of national government agencies and other stakeholders.

Aside from the interventions, Armas highlighted the importance of family and community participation in the full rehabilitation of the drug surrenderers. “Their families and the communities play an important role in this endeavor because they provide are the ones who can provide support and after-care to our drug surrenderers after the provision of center-based services.”, Armas said.

“Helping them is not the responsibility of the Government alone. Regardless of our organization, cultural, political or religious affiliation, we can contribute in helping our Cordilleran brothers and sisters who are suffering because of illegal drugs.”, Armas added.

Among the interventions needed by the drug surrenderers include health and spiritual services, personality enhancement, and livelihood assistance. Individuals or groups interested to provide these interventions may directly coordinate with their respective Local Government Units or call (074) 444-32-62 and look for Ms. Carol Habawel of DSWD-CAR Crisis Intervention Section. # DSWD-CAR, Social Marketing Unit, Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva

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Social Welfare Office notes decrease in children turned-over to institution in 2017

Cordillera Administrative Region-The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here has noted a slight decrease in the number of children turned-over to the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) in 2017.

DSWD-CAR OIC-Regional Director Janet P. Armas said that from 91 children in 2016, only 84 children have been served in the said center from January to December 2017.

“It is good that we have observed a slight decrease in the number of children being turned-over to the RSCC. This might mean that people are now becoming more responsible, or they are now availing of services from other institutions”, Armas added.

The RSCC is a government child-caring institution that serves the abandoned, foundling, neglected, surrendered, abused, lost and found and dependent children with the provision of social protection and temporary care. The children are loved, cared for, given attention, ensured of their safety and provided their basic needs by the staff who act as surrogate parents.

In 2016, there are 16 abandoned children, 23 neglected children, 25 dependent children,10 foundling, and 17 children under difficult circumstances. Meanwhile in 2017, the center was able to serve 7 abandoned children, 16 neglected children, 28 dependent children, 10 foundling, and 23 children under difficult circumstances.

Children whose parents could not provide the needs of their children due to illness or absence of gainful employment are referred to as dependents. Neglected children are those who are left to beg on the streets or children who got sick due to lack of attention from their parents while abandoned children are those left behind by their parents or relatives.

“We can see a significant decrease in the number of abandoned and neglected children, however there is a slight increase in the number of dependent children. With this, we are continuing our efforts to implement other programs and services of the Department that might help the families raise their children. However, we would like to highlight that our main goal is to leave no child inside the center and we can do this through legal adoption”, Armas added.

Legal adoption is one of the alternative parental care service provided to children in difficult circumstances. Other alternative parental care services include foster care, kinship care, legal guardianship, or family/relative reintegration.

“This February, we are again observing Adoption Consciousness Month celebration with the theme Spreading Unconditional Love through Legal Adoption. We hope that more people can support alternative parental care, especially legal adoption because through this, we are securing a child not just a permanent home but a family”, Armas said.

Adoption is a socio-legal process of giving a permanent home to a child whose parents have voluntarily given up their parental rights. While foster care is a temporary planned substitute family care for a child. Kinship care and legal guardianship may also fall under foster care where as relatives and/or pre-identified individuals are given authority to look after the children.

“We still have children in our centers who need a family. We hope that we can help them have the love and care that they deserve”, Armas shared.

Individuals who are interested in the alternative parental care service may visit the Adoption Resource and Referral Section of DSWD-CAR at # 40 North Drive, Baguio City or call (074) 444-32-09 or +63939-770-74-37 or e-mail at dswdcar_arrs@yahoo.com. # DSWD-CAR, Social Marketing Unit, Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva

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Feature: Senior Citizens take actions to pave better roads

They may be physically weak but when it comes to developing their community even frail kness could not stop them. The senior citizens of Pongayan, Kapangan proved that age is just a number.

Like the rest of the senior citizens in Pongayan, Kapangan, Syria Mapanao, 76, wishes to walk on paved roads in her barangay before she dies.

“It’s a big challenge for senior people like us to walk on unpaved and muddy road. We have to walk slowly with the support of a cane to protect us from slipping,” she said.

She added that whenever the senior citizens have to attend activities at the town proper, it would usually take them long hours to reach the venue.

Barangay Pongayan’s road is a one-way dirt road and residents have been perenially plagued by the road’s poor condition especially during and after heavy and continuous rains.

During the barangay consultations done by DSWD’s Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), majority of the residents identified the improvement of the road as their most immediate need.

Since the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Kalahi-CIDSS applies the community-driven development process in implementing the program, a committee of community volunteers had to be organized and mobilized to undertake various functions.

Mapanao said that she was eager to join the roster of community volunteers for the program to realize her dream of walking through a paved and safe road.

She then accepted the role to chair the community volunteers in Barangay Pongayan while being the president of the Pongayan Senior Citizens Association (POSCA).

Under her leadership, community volunteers of the barangay developed the proposal for the improvement of their road. This was then submitted and contested to the MLGU and DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

However, as recounted by Mapanao, “In 2015, during the first cycle [of Kalahi-CIDSS], we fell short on our participation rate which is one of the major criteria for us to be prioritized.” She said that their barangay was not proactive enough to be able to implement a project.

As set by representatives from the different barangays of Kapangan, one qualifying criteria for project proposals to be accepted and funded is at least 80% participation of residents during barangay assemblies.

Better the second time around

Challenged more than despaired, the Pongayan Senior Citizens Association planned and implemented strategies to boost their participation rate during the second cycle of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Program in 2016.

Starting with an agreement among themselves, the Association’s first strategy is for them to participate in every activity of the barangay where they may be needed.

“After understanding how Kalahi [CIDSS] works, we, the senior citizens agreed to attend every barangay assembly”, shared Amparo Comila, POSCA Secretary.

By setting a good example to the younger members of their community, the barangay’s participation rate in 2016 reached 84.79 percent compared to their 52.96 percent rate in 2015 during the first cycle of the program.

As a result, Barangay Pongayan was prioritized to implement the concreting of a portion of their road during the second cycle of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

The senior citizens did not stop after they were granted the project. They assisted the actual implementation of the project until it was completed.

“Since we are not capable to join the labor force during the construction of the road, we also agreed to provide rice, vegetables, and other materials we could manage to give. We even volunteered to cook for the laborers”, Comila said.

Earning the respect of the community, their younger counterparts were seen to be actively participating from the identification, planning, until the implementation of their community project.

“We always advised them that they will be reaping the benefits of the road [improvement] ssince it will be easier for them to transport and sell their farm products in Baguio City or to [La Trinidad] Trading Post”, Oscar Banciong, POSCA member said.

Due to their mobilization efforts, an increase in women participaton in paid labor was also noted.

Finally, on 25 October 2017, the 552 linear meter farm to market road was turned over to the barangay.

The concreting of a portion of Barangay Pongayan’s road was a huge success. But, the community still clamors for the estimated three kilometers which remains as a dirt road to be improved sooner than later.

Residents of the barangay are hopeful that the remaining dirt road will be improved under the Department of Agriculture’s Second Highlind Agricultural Resource Management Project. #DSWD-CAR, Social Marketing Unit, Jasmin Kiaso

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Kumon: Weathering the Storms and Building a Resilient Community

Regardless of age, gender and educational attainment, every resident in Tamac took a role in rebuilding their community.

Tamac in the Municipality of Villaviciosa was isolated for several days when Typhoon Ineng hit the Province of Abra in 2015. The roads were impassable and residents were forced to immediately evacuate their homes after a huge landslide occurred near their major settlement affecting 134 households.

Demetria Gamileng, 56, shared that she felt helpless when she gave one last glance at her newly built house before heading to the evacuation center. She lamented that they never had the chance to enjoy the comforts of their new house. “We have been stashing away our profit from tobacco production for several years for that house only to leave it as soon as it was finished,” she said.

The community admits that it was never easy for them to start all over again. But instead of drowning themselves with this painful challenge, they chose to gather their strength and live their lives as if it was their second.

According to Punong Barangay Carmelo Bayod, as per survey, around 50 hectares of land in the barangay and its surrounding areas eroded. Two houses were destroyed, but fortunately, there were no casualties.

While they battled to survive the natural disaster that befell them, their strength as a community was also put to test. They had to put things in the proper perspective and provided strength to one another more than before.

Five kilometers away from their previous settlement, they began building their new homes using materials provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Core Shelter Program and the Municipal Local Government Unit.

But, just as they were recovering from the damages brought by Typhoon Ineng, they received another blow in 2016 when Typhoon Lawin raged through their relocation site leaving some of the Core Shelters destroyed.

“Before we know it, we went back to zero because of Lawin,” Bayod narrated.

 

How Bayanihan rebuilt Tamac

Kumon, the barangay’s version of Bayanihan, was practiced to hasten recovery. This practice requires every household to send a representative during communal activities that need manpower.

“Our barangay is proud that we still practice “Kumon” in all our community projects and activities,” Gamileng boasted.

She believes that Kumon helped them to get through the physical and emotional struggle brought by Typhoons Ineng and Lawin. This also allowed them to continue receiving basic services from various government agencies and private organizations.

In 2016 and 2017, Barangay Tamac was able to land the top priority projects for both second and third cycle of the DSWD’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services(Kalahi-CIDSS).

Following the Kalahi-CIDSS’ community-driven development processes, strengthened community participation reflected in their output was noted in the barangay.
During the implementation, they employed Kumon to fast track implementation. True enough, Tamac completed 300-linear meter Farm-to-Market road project for the second cycle, which was programmed for 90 days, in just 27 days. For the third cycle, they finished implementing a 325-linear meter road in just 18 days.

“During our scheduled bayanihan, every capable community member, be it women, youth, senior citizens came out to help and most of the time some families came with all their family members” Joselito Rodriguez, Chair of Community Volunteers under the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program, proudly remarked.

As one of the community volunteer, Gamileng is also convinced that constantly working with each other during scheduled kumon has brought them closer to one another which made facilitation of every activity easier and faster.

Vice Mayor Marjorie Lagen said that the unity of the community members is one of the major factors that contributed to their fast recovery from the two disasters that severely hit the barangay.

“When I first got introduced to Barangay Tamac, the bayanihan spirit was already there. When Ineng happened, that’s when we saw their strength. I’m not talking about their physical strength but their strength in keeping their faith and core values as they try to recover,” Villaviciosa Vice Mayor Marjorie Lagen said.

She added that Barangay Tamac is the farthest barangay of the municipality and thus, most of the time residents have to rely on each other be it personal or communal matters.

 

Making Waves

The barangay’s fast-tracked implementation of two cycles of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS inspired the interest of other municipalities, within and outside the Cordillera, implementing the same program.

Inspired by how Barangay Tamac turned their challenges to develop their community, community volunteers and LGU members of Burgos, La Union visited the municipality to learn from them.

Tamac community volunteers and local government officials also became favorite speakers on good practices and strategies during regional conferences and learning visits.
Last year, Villaviciosa received a back-to-back recognition from DSWD-CAR. The municipality was recognized as a model LGU implementing the Kalahi-CIDSS program in November 2017 while Barangay Tamac was recognized as Regional BAYANi Ka! Awardee under the improved local governance category in December 2017.

During the Regional Local Government Unit Forum on the same month they were recognized as the “First to Complete Program Implementation of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP Second Cycle” and as the municipality with highest barangay assembly participation rate with an average of 80% rating for the 3-cycle implementation of the program.

The unwavering Kumon in Barangay Tamac surely got them through major crisis in their lives and in their community. This bayanihan spirit has also charmed various agencies, government and private, to grant fund and other services the community needed. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Jasmin Kiaso

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DSWD database of poor households now ready for sharing

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) also known as Listahanan is now ready to share the updated regional database of poor households which was the result of the 2015 second round assessment.

The information included in the said database is now updated as of 31 December 2017.

After complying with the provisions of the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) or RA 10173, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) recently approved the data sharing guidelines of DSWD which contains the procedures in sharing data both to internal and external stakeholders.

Enumerated in the guidelines are requirements such as sufficient organizational, physical and technical security measures which prove the capability of the stakeholder to store and secure information.

Stakeholders who are interested to access the database should also provide a Data Protection Officer (DPO), Personal Information Processor, and Personal Information Controller as stipulated in the memorandum of agreement required by the DPA for sharing of personal information. However, only a letter is needed in requesting for sharing of statistics generated from the Listahanan 2 database.

Data available for requests includes statistics on poor households and their characteristics such as housing conditions and materials, access to basic government services, health and sanitation, and ownership of basic household assets. Also in the database are information on sectors which includes poor children, youth, women, senior citizens, and Indigenous Peoples.

Although the purpose of the Listahanan is to target possible beneficiaries of social protection programs and services, the data users should first employ validation of said data before using. It should be noted that the database is based on the 2015 household assessment, the latest to date, which means some information may have changed due to family and community dynamics.

Another consideration is the fact that not all households were assessed for various reasons such as No Qualified Respondent, vacant, or refusal to be assessed. There is also a possibility that households in urban areas that are not in the identified areas of pockets of poverty were not assessed. Based on assessment guidelines, only areas of pockets of poverty as identified by the local officials will be assessed.

To date, the Listahanan has oriented three provinces which includes Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mt. Province and two Civil Society Organizations.

Regional Director Janet P. Armas encourage all Local Government Units to use the Listahanan or the database of poor households in planning their policy development, and in crafting their programs, projects and activities.

“Listahanan is crucial as it contains vital information that will help stakeholders in targeting poor families. With the aid of Listahanan, service delivery will now be more effective as the client beneficiaries are already identified. It also allows the government to focus its resources to those who really need it the most.” she said.

Listahanan, aside from serving as a database or source of information, also empowers families by giving them the right to know that they were identified using a scientific process and this entails their right to be served by the government.

Inquiries regarding Listahanan and the data sharing process may be directed to the DSWD Field Office – CAR at #40 North Drive, Baguio City or through (074) 446-59-61. Interested individuals or groups may access Memorandum Circular No. 12 s. 2017 or the guidelines in sharing the data generated from Listahanan 2 at www.car.dswd.gov.ph. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Mark Erik King D. Guanzon with Theodore Bilagot Solang

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