DSWD urges LCEs to prioritize poor households in programs and services PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 May 2016 11:16

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has urged newly-elected local chief executives (LCEs) to utilize the national household targeting system in determining potential beneficiaries of their projects, programs and services.

Atty. Araceli Solamillio, DSWD regional director, said Friday that this is to ensure that identified poor families are prioritized in the provision of social protection services.

Solamillio said LCEs would be able to cluster their beneficiaries according to its specific target sector, age, location, and others through the Listahanan project, which is an information management system under the DSWD.

The Listahanan, previously known as the National Housing Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), is an information management system that makes available to national government agencies, local government units, and other social protection stakeholders a comprehensive list of poor families in need of assistance.

“This means interventions will be more responsive and effective to the disadvantaged and vulnerable sectors who are in need the most,” Solamillo said.

In Region 9, she said that 1.9 million individuals were identified as poor by the Listahanan out of the 704,872 households that were assessed.

She said that Zamboanga del Sur was noted with the highest number peaking at 881,189 which includes the poor individuals in this city.

It is followed by Zamboanga del Norte with 620,678 poor individuals and Zamboanga Sibugay having 364,491.

Meanwhile, Solamillio said that Isabela City has 58,478 poor individuals as shown in the Listahanan database.

Solamillio encouraged the LCEs to enter into memorandum of agreement with the DSWD-Listahanan for data-sharing.

The database of poor families/individuals makes available to stakeholders such as the Local Government Units as reference in developing social protection programs and identifying its beneficiaries.

Solamillio said the regional profile of the poor households will be launched officially next month in this city.