DSWD validates list of poor families in Region 9

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov. 9 (PNA) -– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through the Listahanan project, has called on the public to actively participate in the conduct of validation in line with the second round of household assessment here in Region 9.

Atty. Antoniette Maria Lucero, regional field coordinator for the project, said they have assigned 83 Listahanan Area Supervisors in the entire region to post the initial list of poor families in barangay halls for five days for public scrutiny.

Lucero said the Listahanan Area Supervisors will entertain queries, appeals and complaints that will be forwarded to the Local Verification Committee (LVC) for resolution for a period of 15 days.

The City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer sits as the chairperson of the LVC. Its members consist of the City or Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator and three others identified by the local chief executive.

Lucero said the grievances or complaints that may be filed are as follows: an individual claims that a certain household should not be included on the list of poor households; an individual claims that they are poor and must be included in the list of poor; an individual claims that they have not been visited by an enumerator for an interview; an individual complains that the enumerator incorrectly entered data in the Family Assessment Form; and, an individual claims that the list is incomplete and does not represent the actual poor households in the community.

Meanwhile, Hasan Alfad, regional focal person for Listahanan project, said that the initial list of poor may or may not change after the validation phase depending on the complaints received, re-assessment and Proxy Means Testing.

Alfad said the official and final list of poor families will be generated and shared with data users to serve as their basis in selecting beneficiaries of social protection programs once the validation process is completed.

The Listahanan project is formerly known as National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

It is an information management system aimed to establish a database of poor households that will serve as basis in identifying beneficiaries of social protection programs of the government. (PNA)