Cagayan de Oro City — Workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Northern Mindanao are now gathering data of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) beneficiaries to find out the status of their well-being.

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Using the Social Welfare and Development Indicators (SWDI), the workers will record and measure changes in the lives of the beneficiaries.

SWDI, a yearly monitoring of DSWD to Pantawid Pamilya grantees, aims to assess the level of well-being of the family -from survival, subsistence, and self-sufficiency.

It also serves as the reference in the case management of these said beneficiaries – to help them gain their fighting chance against poverty.


In Northern Mindanao, there are 251, 727 families who will be covered by the assessment.

The DSWD will be using the enhanced social welfare and development indicator (SWDI), a case management tool that measures the level of well-being of families in terms of their economic sufficiency and social adequacy.

In terms of economic sufficiency, families will be evaluated based on the employable skills of members, employment and salary, source of income, membership to social security and access to financial institutions. The social adequacy, on the other hand, will rate the families based on the members’ health condition, nutrition and education, access to safe drinking water and sanitary toilet facility, house construction and ownership, and awareness of social issues.

The evaluation of poor families involves a visit to the family’s residence and an interview with the household head.

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The results of the SWDI will determine the needs and capacities of every Pantawid Pamilya household and will be used by the DSWD in the planning of interventions to help them improve their families’ living condition and later become self-sufficient.

Interventions may include employment facilitation, skills training, provision of livelihood opportunities and referral to other programs and services of the DSWD, other national government agencies, local government units and private organizations.

This year’s assessment results will be the baseline to be used by the DSWD in evaluating the poverty alleviation programs and services provided to these households.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao; Photos by Rona Dagondon, Grievance and Redress Officer, Camiguin Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Operations Office, DSWD