DSWD Davao hires 290 workers for pro-poor programs

April 7, 2009 11:36 pm 

DAVAO CITY, April 8 — Some 290 unemployed, new graduates, out-of-school youth (OSY), laid-off and end-of-contract workers were hired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao Region since July 2008 to March this year.

Ma. Elena S. Labrador, DSWD Davao Technical Division chief, said out of the 290 qualified applicants, 58 worked as enumerators for the "Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino" Program (4Ps) and were deployed in Caraga and Manay in Davao Oriental and Davao City.

Labrador said the remaining 232 were trained as regional field supervisor, regional information technologist, area coordinator, area supervisors and enumerators under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction Program (NHTSPR).

She said most of the hired workers are college graduates but out-of-job due to end-of-contract, while the rest are first-time workers.

She said the workers are tasked to administer the Household Assessment Form to poor families in the identified municipalities in the region.

As of February this year, 4Ps has expanded to include the municipalities of Tarragona in Davao Oriental, Laak in Compostela Valley, Talaingod in Davao del Norte and five towns in Davao Sur, Labrador said.

“In Region XI, all Davao provinces are covered by the NHTSPR,” Labrador added.

Earlier, Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral revealed that the government has allotted some P177.84 million for the salaries and wages of the hired workers for 4Ps and NHTSPR throughout the country

Cabral said DSWD already hired a total to 3,194 for the programs.

She said 9,733 more enumerators and encoders for the NHTSPR will be hired from April to December this year.

Meanwhile, Labrador said the 4Ps is a social development and poverty reduction strategy that provides grants to poor households to improve their health, nutrition and education. While the NHTSRP aims to generate a database of poor households using transparent and accountable set of criteria to select poor families to reduce leakage of social services to non-poor, and minimize exclusion of the poor from said social services. (PNA) FFC/CDD/lvp

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