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MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it has completed 88.7 percent of its assessment to the 16.1 million households targeted for the agency’s social development programs.

On Monday, DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao said they have so far finished the validation process of some 14,301,494 households nationwide as part of their third round of assessment of the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

“Once Listahanan 3 comes out, they are with scientific certainty that those on the list are poor with no need for further verification,” National Household Targeting Office (NHTO) director Justin Batocabe said.

The agency utilizes Proxy Means Test, a statistical model that approximates a family’s income based on observable and verifiable proxy indicators, such as materials in housing structure, family’s access to basic services and facilities like water and electricity, and ownership of specific assets, among others.

He also shared that while they are conducting the survey, they are taking the chance to espouse the mandated health protocols of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to help disseminate proper information on health.

He said in November, the agency will release the initial list of poor households that will be posted in the communities for the validation and finalization phase of the program.

The list will be posted in visible places in barangays to provide opportunity for the public to review and confirm their household information, the DSWD said.

Grievances may also be filed through the community desk or online through the Listahanan website on scheduled dates identified by respective DSWD Field Offices (FOs).

The data collection for the third update of Listahanan began in 2019 and should have been completed by this time, but was put to a halt following the restrictions of the IATF-EID.

Their operations resumed on June with the IATF-EID Resolution No. 65, series of 2020, stating that Listahanan “surveyors, enumerators, and/or supervisors of the DSWD Regional Offices will be considered as authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) and are allowed to travel inter-zonal and intrazonal in such mode and/or manner as may be available especially in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.”

Seeing the vitality of the survey, the IATF-EID allowed DSWD personnel to hasten the project while keeping in mind to secure the safety of the government officers as stated in the resolution.

Listahanan is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that will serve as DSWD’s basis in the identification of beneficiaries for its different social protection programs and services. (PNA)

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