Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

DSWD completes Listahanan household assessment in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 22 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol has announced the completion of the second round of household assessment for the Listahanan or National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) program.

According to DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia a total of 1,056,722 households was assessed out of the 1,087, 720 target for Bicol region.

Some244, 245 households were assessed in Albay, 107, 549 in Camarines Norte,  339,860 Camarines Sur, 47,682 Catanduanes, 166,790 Masbate and 150,596 in Sorsogon.

“This does not include households visited, which have no qualified respondents, no respondent, or vacant at the time of visit” Garcia added.

Meanwhile, households not assessed during the regular enumeration will be given a chance to appeal and be assessed during the validation.

This will be scheduled from October to November before the finalization of the database.

It is in validation phase where the initial list of poor is posted in strategic places in the barangays. This is to let the community validate the list since they are more familiar with their neighbors.

“The validation is our mechanism to minimize the inclusion and exclusion error of the Proxy Means Test (PMT) that is why we need the involvement of the community because this phase is very crucial “said Garcia.

A Local Verification Committee (LVC) will be organized to resolve complaints and appeal received during the validation period.

The members of the LVC will include the Local Chief Executive, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer, Municipal Planning & Development Officer, Civil Society Organization representative and the Listahanan Area Supervisor.

Queries, appeals and complaints will be entertained 5 days after posting of the initial list of poor and will last for 15 days while resolving of complaints will be conducted in 20 days.

The agency encourages everyone to participate in the upcoming validation of poor households before they finalize the list.

Proxy Means Test is a statistical model that approximates family income based on the observable and verifiable non-income indicators of the family’s income.

It has been found to be a good way of targeting the in large informal sectors where actual incomes are difficult to be verified.

It has been proven to be an effective targeting mechanism in countries like Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico where the informal labor market is large.

Moreover, inclusion error refers to the error when a non-poor family was classified as poor whereas exclusion error happens when a true poor household was classified as non-poor using the PMT.

Implemented region wide, Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. It aims to establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries of social protection programs.(MAL/SAA/DSWD5/PIA5/Albay/)

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