The Department of Social Welfare and Development is set to train 172 area supervisors for the second batch, out of 331 newly-hired area supervisors within this week to prepare them for the upcoming second-round assessment of the DSWD’s Listahanan also known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) scheduled within the first semester of this year.

Listahanan or the NHTS-PR or Listahanan is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are and is being spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. It aims to address poverty reduction through a scientific and target- focused strategy.

The newly hired Area Supervisors will be deployed in various areas in Northern Mindanao. Part of their responsibilities will be handling enumerators in the areas they will then be deployed.

For the four-day training, modules on how they will be handling various scenarios they and their teams will encounter in the field during the conduct of the household assessment will be discussed.

Mr. Manuel Borres, Assistant Regional Director for Administration stressed their crucial role as Area Supervisors for the successful implementation of the Second Round Assessment. He cited to them that they should learn by heart their roles and responsibilities in handling their assigned enumerators.

A total of 793,989 households will be targeted for assessment for the Second Round assessment.

The first Round of Assessment was conducted way back 2009 with 691,689 households assessed in which 338,749 households were identified as poor.

The training aims to equip the Area Supervisors with the necessary skills before they will be deployed in the field, in order to come up with reliable and accurate data from the households that will be assessed. They are also expected to be part of the training team in the next batches of training for Area Supervisors and enumerators which will be conducted by province in the succeeding weeks.

Written by Mitzie S.Santiago, DSWD