DSWD records 538,308 poor households in Region 9, BaSulTa areas PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 December 2015 11:56

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is conducting final validation of its list of poor households in Region 9 and in the three nearby autonomous region’s provinces.

Hasan Alfad, DSWD regional planning officer, told the Philippines News Agency on Thursday that they initially identified 538,308 poor households through the Listahanan.

Alfad said the final validation of poor households is set to complete this month.

Alfad said that 366,621 of the 538,308 poor households are from Region 9 while the remaining 171,687 are from the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (BaSulTa).

Alfad explained that the DSWD regional office is the one conducting the assessment for the Listahanan due to proximity though the three provinces are under the political jurisdiction of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

He said that Zamboanga del Norte has the highest number of poor households with 120,415. The other areas are as follows: Zamboanga del Sur, 103,612; Zamboanga Sibugay, 68,856; Zamboanga City, 62,629; and, Isabela City, 11,109.

In ARMM, the data showed as follows: Sulu, 106,329; Basilan, 41,522; and, Tawi-Tawi, 23,836.

“These will be the potential beneficiaries of the social protection program not just by our department but of other social protection agencies as well.” Alfad said. — RGAAG