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Results of Nationwide Listahanan Assessment Launched

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(Photo by Ian Tresares,2nd Prize Winner,Listahanan Photo Contest 2015) 

Based on the results of  the Listahanan /NHTSPR (National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction ) Second Round Assessment conducted last year , a total of  5.1 million  households have been identified as poor out of the 15.1 million households assessed nationwide.

Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction  was established by the Department of Social Welfare and Development to target who and where the poor are.

The targeting system  aims to maximize the impact of  limited resources by identifying potential beneficiaries   who need the most of the various poverty reduction programs.

As per Executive Order No. 867 of 2010, all National Government Agencies are mandated to utilize the Listahanan data for their social protection programs and services .

Civil Society Organizations and other non-goverment organizations who have executed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department have also been utilizing the Listahanan data in identifying their potential beneficiaries for their social protection programs and services.

To date, a total of 15 National Government Agencies, 11 Civil Society Organizations, 90 Local Government Units and 4 Provinces have executed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Regional  Department of Social Welfare and Development  .

In  Northern Mindanao, a total of 485,539 households have been identified as poor out of the 870,198 households assessed  during the Second Round Assessment which allots for the 9.5%  nationwide share of poor households identified .

The first Round of household assessment was conducted in 2009 which covered 10.9 million households nationwide.

As a result and through Philhealth’s utilization of the Listahanan data, 5.2 million poor households were identified and enrolled in the Philhealth Indigent Program.

The result of the First Round assessment also paved the way for 4.2 million households to be enrolled in the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program of the Department.

Based on the Second Round Assessment, The Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has the highest number of  identified poor households (573,446).  Central Visayas ranked the second with 525,561 identified poor households .  Northern Mindanao ranked third with 485,539 identified poor households.

 

Written by,Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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Volunteers at work

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Volunteers do some light workloads during the actual construction of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) community sub-project in Barangay Villalin, Panaon, Misamis Occidental. The community sub-project in Barangay Villalin is a drainage canal.

Photo by Gilmar Yamba, AC, Panaon, MisOcc  

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DSWD prepares Baliangao for project implementation

(PDW) BSPMC of Brgy. Lumipac raising questions and concernsVolunteers raise questions and concerns during the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP) Project Development Workshop (PDW) in Barangay Lumipac, Baliangao, Misamis Occidental. The PDW is part of the Community Driven Development process where volunteers rank, prepare, validate, and finalize their sub-project concepts.  Photo by Elvira Singgit, AC, Baliangao, MisOcc

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DSWD provides food assistance to families affected by El Niño

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A Higaoonon woman takes her bag of food packs from DSWD, in aid for their basic needs being a victim of the El Niño phenomenon. (Photo credits to Jamila M. Taha, DSWD)

Cagayan de Oro City — In aid for the continuing effects of El Niño in the region, the Department of Social Welfare and Development here sends out food assistance to the affected farmers across the province of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. This is in support to the efforts and requests of Local Government Units who declared their areas in a “state of calamity”.

Based on the list provided by the LGU there are about 24,374 farmers, forest workers, farm laborers and fisher folks affected by the calamity, of which 22,247 are from the areas of San Fernando, Kibawe, Kitaotao, Cabanglasan, Lantapan, Quezon, Valencia, Talakag and Malaybalay City Bukidnon, the remaining 2,127 are identified from Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

To this date, 3,776 families have already receive a total of 10,850 Family Food Packs while 7,306 families are expected to receive the same number of food packs this month. The other 13,292 families are still on the process of validation as to their eligibility for assistance. The Family Food Packs contains rice and ready to eat foods.

“We want to ensure the public that the department has Family Food Packs and cash assistance readily available for any disaster response”, says Virginia Cardona, Disaster Response Focal. “The effects of the calamity drastically affected the livelihood of the farmers and we believe other agencies of the government and even the civil society groups have also reached out and extended their aid”, she adds.

The department as the lead agency for social welfare and protection will continue to be vigilant and vigorous in addressing related issues.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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FEATURE: Sacada, househelp daughter graduates cum laude

Maramag, Bukidnon — It’s a life changing for 21-year old daughter of a Sacada farmer and househelp mother who will graduate as com laude of Central Mindanao University here, some 135.6 kilometers from Cagayan de Oro City, today.

Living in a remote village in Kiharang this municipality, Jean Salisali Tejano is among the three com laude graduates who are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries of DSWD under the Expanded Student Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) scholarship.

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The other two cum laude graduates are Charmaine T. Nonay and Mae Pearl Villagonzalo, who are all earning a degree in Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and ESGP-PA scholars.

Charmaine T. Nonay with her parents.

Charmaine T. Nonay with her parents.

Mae Pearl Villagonzalo of Valencia City, Bukidnon with her mother. Also in photo: Dr. Maria Luisa R. Soliven, CMU presdident and Fatima Marquida Jorolan, ESGP-PA focal person of DSWD

Mae Pearl Villagonzalo of Valencia City, Bukidnon with her mother. Also in photo: Dr. Maria Luisa R. Soliven (extreme left), CMU president and Fatima Marquida Jorolan (extreme right), ESGP-PA focal person of DSWD

Earning a degree on Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, major in Filipino, Jean said she only have her dreams and determination to finish her studies because her family cannot support her studies in college if not for the scholarship program of DSWD and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Sugar farm workers known as Sacadas are mostly concentrating and living in Bukidnon province, known for its vast sugar plantation in Mindanao.

Second eldest of the six Tejano siblings, Jean is the only member of the family who will earn a degree in college today, and have reached tertiary education.

Teary eyed when sharing her challenges during her entire college formation during the Awarding of Outstanding ESGP-PA scholars at CMU recently, Jean disclosed that the seasonal income of P160 a day of his sacada father and the P150 a day from her mother as house helper of their neighbor is not enough even for the needs of her brothers and sisters who are still undergoing the basic education curriculum.

Once, Jean recalled that she dreams of finishing a college degree to earn a decent job and will eventually help her family live-out of poverty.

“My parents never wanted me and my brothers and sisters to undergo what they have suffered due to poverty. They always inspire us to strive for our studies so that we can live out of poverty,” said Jean.

Turns discrimination as challenge

With what she has achieved, Jean disclosed that she has proven all who discriminated Pantawid Pamilya college scholars wrong.

“Every time I hear them saying we (ESGP-PA scholars) are wasting government’s money, I feel hurt but I take them as a challenge for me to make good of my studies,” said Jean crying.

Jean added, “The scholarship is God’s grace and God has a purpose for me.”

Being the eldest daughter, Jean said her heart was torn into pieces many times when she saw her sisters and brothers pass school requirements late.

Love of teaching

Since her childhood days, Jean dreams of becoming a teacher.

“I love teaching. With my degree, I can help mold young minds to give importance of Filipino language,” Jean disclosed.

With her degree, Jean is optimistic that she can help her younger brothers and sisters continue schooling and will eventually finish a course.

Jean also plans to give extra time for out-of-school youth in her village by teaching them literacy and numeracy.

“Just like me before, I noticed that they are eager to learn. However, they have no means of supporting their studies,” stressed Jean.

CMU has 51 Pantawid college scholars graduating today under the Expanded Student’s Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation, a program of the national government which is instituted by the Commission on Higher Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Labor and Employment, and state universities and colleges.

ESGP-PA provides higher education to poor households that will give them opportunities for high value-added occupations that will eventually help beneficiaries have an improved quality of life.

The college scholarship program aims to contribute to the national government’s thrusts in effectively addressing poverty alleviation by increasing the number of graduates in higher education among poor households and to get these graduates employed in order to lift their families out of poverty and contribute to national development.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD

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