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Listahanan 3 nears completion, key to identify ‘deserving’ beneficiaries for social welfare programs

The third National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) also known as Listahanan 3 of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) nears completion as it now goes through the Validation and Finalization Phase wherein initial lists of poor households (ILPH) are posted in barangays for community review.

The Listahanan 3,  which was temporarily suspended due to the pandemic but resumed in June 2020,  targeted over 15.6 million households to be assessed. Of which, more than 14.4 million Filipino households have been assessed, to date, by Barangay and Local Verification Teams.

The resumption is supported by IATF-EID Resolution No. 65, which recognizes Listahanan as a critical government service and considers its field workers as authorized persons outside of residence, and, therefore, allowed for inter-zonal and intrazonal travels.

Meanwhile, the DSWD gives opportunity for the public through community validation to review, make corrections to their household information, and file appeals after the initial list has been posted.  The Department further ensures to resolve general inquiry, grievances on exclusion, inclusion complaints, requests for correction of information, and transfer of residence.

As of April 2021, the Department has received over 3.67 million grievances nationwide. Of this figure, 76.22% or more than 2.8 million appeals are subject for household re/assessments.  In terms of magnitude, Field Offices VI, CALABARZON, and XII remained to have the greatest number of grievances received across regions.

The DSWD targets to finish the complete process on the last quarter of year 2021. Once finalized, the Listahanan can help the government and stakeholders in the private sector identify deserving beneficiaries for their social protection programs and services.  This is in accordance with the provisions of Executive Order 867, series of 2010, which mandates all national government agencies to use the Listahanan as the centralized database of poor households in the country

The Department, however, clarifies that the list does not guarantee a household to be included in social protection programs.

Listahanan 2

Initially, the data gathered during the second Nationwide Household Assessment or Listahanan 2 was used as reference by the Commission on Higher Education for the provision of Tertiary Education Subsidy to qualified beneficiaries. All identified poor households are likewise automatically enrolled in PhilHealth’s indigent program.

The DSWD also partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) in the implementation of WFP’s shock-responsive social protection programs. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources used Listahanan 2 data for its national fisheries program planning and prioritization in the provision of assistance and services to poor fisher folks.

Moreover, the DSWD itself utilized the database in targeting beneficiaries for its various programs and services, such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens.

In addition, the Department was able to conduct a pilot off-site over-the-counter payout for the Unconditional Cash Transfer Program grants for some NCR beneficiaries by employing the Listahanan last July 2019.

The DSWD remains committed to come up with a credible database so that those most in need of government assistance are reached and served accordingly. ###

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DSWD offers mental, psychosocial support to public via online platforms

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) launched on April 30 the WiSUPPORT or the “Wireless Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Individuals and Families Affected by COVID-19 and other Crisis Situations”. The project will be pilot-tested in the National Capital Region, Central Visayas, and CARAGA.

As a social technology innovation, WiSUPPORT will use online platforms such as electronic mail, web portal, DSWD WiServ, telephone, and mobile application to provide the public with easy access to various communication tools to talk with the DSWD WiSUPPORT service providers.  

Learning and Development activities for service providers will also be conducted to ensure proper management of cases. For emergency cases needing immediate attention, clients will be assisted to be referred to psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health institutions who are members of the referral network such as the Department of Health (DOH) and National Center for Mental Health (NCMH). Through the help of the Mental Health AWhereness PH mapping, integrated in the WiSUPPORT platforms, clients and service providers may also find agencies providing mental health services nearby.

In his message during the launch, DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista emphasized that the WiSUPPORT is one of the Department’s measures to ensure that the general state of mental well-being of the public is prioritized amid the pandemic.

“The constant worry and fear of being infected by the virus and economic concerns of providing for their families, coupled with family conflicts and disasters amid the pandemic have brought anxiety, mental, and emotional distress to a lot of people. Hence, as the lead agency in social protection, and as part of the DSWD’s COVID-19 response and recovery plan, the Department sought more accessible ways for the provision of psychosocial support to Filipinos affected by the pandemic,” Secretary Bautista explained.

Among the target clientele of WiSUPPORT are Overseas Filipinos (OFs) in Distress, children in need of special protection (CNSP), senior citizens, women in especially difficult circumstances (WEDC), persons with disability (PWDs), family heads and other needy adults (FHONA), and other individuals and families in distress.

Clients in the pilot areas from NCR, Central Visayas, and CARAGA Region may access the services of WiSUPPORT through the following:

Call Hotlines: 0947-482-2864 (Smart); 0916-247-1194 (Globe)

Text Hotline: 0918-912-2813

Email: wisupport@dswd.gov.ph

Website: ekwentomo.dswd.gov.ph

Google Play Store application: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cudavasol.wisupport

The DSWD pledged to continue to coordinate with appropriate mental health providers and organizations to become more responsive to the needs of the population, especially during the ongoing health crisis. ###

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