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Database of Poor families Launched in Northern Mindanao




The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the  National Household Targeting System  for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR)  or Listahanan  has finally launched the database of poor households in Northern Mindanao last July 22,2016.

It was participated in by Planning Officers , Local Social Welfare Officers, and some Local Chief Executives from the five provinces of the region.

Testimonials  on how the old database was utilized  (particularly in the implementation of their various social protection programs and services) were also shared by the Local Government  Unit of El Salvador City and one of the active partners of the Department , the Safer River, Life Saver Fouindation  Inc.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Aldersey dela Cruz , presented the Profile of the Poor in the Region while Innovations and Results for Listahanan  2 was also presented by Director Rhodora Alday  of the  Policy Development & Planning Bureau of the DSWD Central Office.

Assistant Secretary Noel Macalalad , who was  the  Keynote speaker for the said launching,  stressed to the participants  the importance of figures and number of beneficiaries served   by the partner stakeholders as proof  of  the credibility of the Listahanan data in identifying  direct and concrete beneficiaries.

In Northern Mindanao, the province of  Bukidnon has the highest number of poor households  totalling to  166,160 households . Lanao del Norte ranked the second with 126,949 poor households .  Third on rank  is the province of  Misamis Oriental with 124,737 poor households.

Listahanan, also known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction  (NHTSPR) was established by the Department of Social Welfare and Development to target who and where the poor are.  The comprehensive database  serves as a basis for selecting  beneficiaries of social protection  programs  and services in the country.

Results from the second round assessment conducted in 2015 identified 485,539 poor households  out of the 870,198 households assessed.


Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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DSWD supports ‘reform’ SK election

Cagayan de Oro City — As the registration period for the barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan elections started on July 15, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is supporting the introduction and institutionalization of significant reform under the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the SK Reform Act 2016.

Formulated by the National Youth Commission, an attached agency of DSWD, together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Audit, Department of Budget and Management, and the Commission on Elections, the IRR will be published within 15 days in the Official Gazette of the Philippine before the full implementation of the SK Reform Law.

The national government agencies took lead in consulting with various youth serving organizations in some key areas nationwide which commenced last year to March 2016, along with the Union of the Local Authorities of the Philippines, National Economic and Development Authority, Council for the Welfare of Children, and the United Nations Population Fund.

Among the salient provisions which makes the SK Reform Law responsive and transparent are: increase age to 18 years old but not more than 25; fiscal autonomy; presence of mechanism of transparency and accountability; mandatory trainings before assumption of office; inclusion of development plan; and an anti-dynasty provision that states, “he or she must not have any relative in elective public office within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity.”

The registration period for the Barangay and SK elections slated on October 26 started last Friday, July 15 and will only run until July 30.

For the registration, Comelec offices will be open to accept registrants during office hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

To register to vote for the SK polls, voters must be 15 years old but not more than 30 years old on the election day, Oct. 31, 2016 and must have been residing in the barangay for at least six months on election day.

Those who want to register for the village and youth polls shall download the registration form and print them ahead of visiting the Office of Election Officer in their city or municipality to ease the registration process. It must accomplished triplicate forms will make registration quicker.

For more information and queries, the public is reminded to direct queries and clarifications in regard to SK IRR to the Office of the Commissioner-at-Large Cruz of the NYC through



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Photo: DSWD continues to assist dry spell victims

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 continues to extend support to beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and tribal communities such as this rice distribution in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Bukidnon province was among the badly hit areas of the country during the recent onslaught of the El Niño phenomenon. Photos by City Action Team of Malaybalay.

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Officlal Launching of Poor households Data scheduled



The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR), will be officially launching the  data of poor households in Northern Mindanao.

Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction  (NHTSPR) is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are nationwide.

It serves as a basis for data users in identifying potential beneficiaries of  their programs .

Out of the 870,198 households assessed, 485,539 households have been identified as poor in Northern Mindanao , which allots for for the 9.5% nationwide share of poor households identified.

Nationwide, NHTSPR or Listahanan have identified 5.1 million poor households out of the 15.1 million households assessed .

The  Regional Launching will be conducted within the month  of this  year to present and share the results of the Second Round Assessment and database to various Listahanan data users.

Another objective of the launching is to encourage other organizations,agencies,and stakeholders to utilize the Listahanan data in identifying the potential beneficiaries of their various social protection programs and services.

Local Chief  Executives, Planning Officers, Local Social Welfare and Development Officers, and representatives from National Government Agencies, Non Government Agencies, Academe and Research Institutions will be invited to witness the said Regional Launching.

Partner Organizations and Local Government Units who have utilized the 2009 data will also be giving testimonials as to how they have utilized the data in the implementation of their programs and services.

The First Round Assessment was done in 2009 out of which, 4.2 million households were enrolled in the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program.

Aside from other National Government Agencies who have utilized the Listahanan data in their programs , Non Government Organizations have also utilized the data which includes some from the Academe like the  Safer River ,Life Saver of Liceo De Cagayan University and other Civil Society organizations as well.

To date, 15 National Government Agencies, 94 Local Government Units, 11 Civil Society Organizations, and 4 Provinces in Northern Mindanao have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department.


Written by Mitzie Santiago, DSWD

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PHOTO: Volunteers Encourage Community-Driven Development through DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS


The empowered Community volunteers of Barangay Barra together with Ms. Merly C. Molo, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of Tudela, Misamis Occidental and Keene Barquin Area Coordinator of Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP), pose for posterity after the successful groundbreaking ceremony of community sub-project in their barangay. In Barra, the community sub-project is the Construction of a 70 Linear Meter Flood Control Structure along Purok 3with an NCDDP grant of Php 1,221,116.02. Local project cost counterpart from the community amounted to Php 29,540.00 (in kind). The Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) allotted Php 100,000.00 (cash). The community volunteers also received an in kind counterpart amounting to Php 5,843.98.   

Photo by Sohanida H. Tawano, DSWD KC-NCDDP Community Empowerment Facilitator

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DSWD empowers Lumads for a better livelihood

Nanette GonzalezNanette Gonzalez, a 50 year-old mother of ten children proudly presents her certificate on Food Processing NCII during her culmination day along with other one hundred thirty Lumads from the indigenous tribes of Manobo and Umayamnon, last May 2016 in the municipality of Quezon, Bukidnon.

Gonzales is one of the recipients of the MCCT-IP or the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous People Program, of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The MCCT-IP is a program specifically intended to Indigenous Peoples living in geographically isolated areas of the region. These beneficiaries are given technical skills training under the Sustainable Livelihood Program through partner technical institutions.

In an interview with Joy Co, President of 1 AND ALL Technical School and the implementing partner for this project, she said “This particular program for the lumads really inspires us to be better service provider”. “Women like Gonzalez proves that with right attitude and inspiration, anyone can be successful”, she adds.

Co further narrates that Gonzalez, suffers Bell’s Palsy, a medical condition that causes paralysis to one side of her face, hence the deformity and blocks her one eye from closing or blinking. Her disability caused a lot mocking and insults by neighbors which made her inferior. “When we met her in the training, she was a bit aloof and indifferent, she barely talked to anyone, she was less confident of herself”, says Co. “Later we learned that she lost her husband because of a shooting incident which was never resolved”, Co tells.

Being a Lumad with less skill, Gonzales had a hard time looking for a job to support her family.

“Isip usa ka mama ug papa sa akong mga anak, naglisod gyud ko primero kung unsaon nako pagsuporta sa ilaha, pero naningkamot gihapon ko tungod kay katungod sa akong mga anak nga matagtam nila ang kaayuhan ug kalipay sa ilang kinabuhi, (being a solo parent, I really had a difficulty in supporting their needs, but I have to strive for them because it is their right to have a blissful and joyful life), says Gonzalez.

Dagko pod ang natabang sa gobyerno tungod kay apil sila naningkamot sa paghatag ug suporta sa parehas namo nga kabus busa pasalamat gyud ko labi na sa DSWD, (on the other hand, the government has been doing their role as well in providing assistance to the less fortunate like us”, Gonzales tells.

Gonzalez worked as Household Helper in Manila for five years but had to leave afterwards because of mistreatment from her employers. Now, she works as a part time laborer in a sugar cane plantation in Bukidnon; and because of her recent accomplishment, she was able to establish her own Longganisa (meat processing) business, which is very marketable in their place because of its distinct taste and quality.

Co further tells that although this may be a simple success, but it’s a good leap in achieving a greater dream, especially for a parent like Gonzalez.

DSWD believes that no one should be left behind in the process of development, so it gives equal opportunities and relevance to our Indigenous groups, special sectors like the youth, Persons with Disability and women. “This is why we are continuingly building the capacities of our beneficiaries, we want them to learn but most of all we want them to be confident about themselves no matter what, because confidence will eventually lead them towards success”, says Rhandy Ladoroz, Project Development Officer for DSWD.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Volunteer shares her thoughts on CDD

Brgy. Cosina, Talakag,Bukidnon

Evelyn Pacana, a community volunteer of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community Driven Development (Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP), of Barangay Cosina, Talakag, Bukidnon shares her experiences being a volunteer of the program during the 5th barangay assembly. She recounts her experiences during the Kalahi-CIDSS activities. Evelyn said that it is not easy to act in front of many people just to portray the situation of their barangay, she was nervous during their presentation during one of the activities, but all their efforts bear fruit as their barangay was among the top prioritized barangay for resource allocation being the 8th ranked of the top 10 prioritized barangays. The Kalahi-CIDSS is a community-driven development (CDD) effort of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as a poverty alleviation program. Photo by Aiza Angni , KC-NCDDP Area Coordinator, Talakag, Bukidnon

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Photo: 100 Pantawid grantees finish vocational course

Another one hundred beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program finish Automotive Servicing NC II in Valencia City, Bukidnon. DSWD through the Sustainable Livelihood Program funded the training of the grantees in coordination with DATS Technical School. Photo by Rhandy Ladoroz of SLP, DSWD Field Office 10.



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June 2020