By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will be working together for the third Listahanan assessment to update the country’s database of poor households.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista and DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño for stronger collaborative efforts in the barangays during data collection, receiving and resolution of grievances, and propagation of Listahanan 3 activities.
Listahanan is used to identify priority households who will be provided government social services.
The latest assessment will start with data collection and analysis in October 2019 and will run until January 2020.
With a target of 16.1 million households nationwide, field workers will be deployed to identified pockets of poverty in the urban areas while saturation strategy will be applied in the rural classified barangays.
These include 81 provinces, 145 cities, 1,489 municipalities, and 42,045 barangays.
DSWD, through Listahanan, is mandated by Executive Order No. 867 Series of 2010 to adopt a targeting system as the standard mechanism for identifying poor households who shall be potential recipients of social protection programs nationwide.
Its main objective is to formulate a unified criterion for the identification of the poor through scientific means. DSWD shall maintain the system and update its data every four years.
The first Listahanan was conducted in 2009, which covered 10.9 million poor households nationwide. Of this number, 5.2 million households were identified as poor.
The second Listahanan was conducted in 2015 covering 15.1 million households of whom 5.1 million were identified as poor.