DSWD-12 to hire workers for 'Listahan' 2nd round

February 16, 2015 2:02 pm 

COTABATO CITY, Feb. 16 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 12 (DSWD-12) will hire field workers as the agency will conduct "Listahan" second round nationwide household assessment this year.

Through the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU), DSWD will start recruitment of field workers.

DSWD-12 will still be covering Regions 12 and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)-Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao (LaMa) provinces for the second assessment.

Accordingly, the department will hire field workers which include area coordinators, area supervisors, enumerators, encoders and verifiers to collect information from 775,335 households in 45 municipalities and 5 cities in region 12 and 529,246 households in 75 municipalities and one city for ARMM-LaMa.

The area coordinators will supervise and train area supervisors who are tasked to lead a team of enumerators.

The enumerators will conduct family interviews using the Family Assessment Form (FAF).

The FAF is a four-page questionnaire with 52 variables that are pertinent in determining a household’s welfare level. Encoders will input the data collected by the enumerators to the Listahanan database, while verifiers will check if the data entered are consistent and accurate.

Meanwhile, DSWD-12 Regional Director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha has confirmed that the assessment will begin within summer of 2015 but stressed that the exact date for the household visit is yet to be announced.

“DSWD-12 will keep the public posted on the details as regards the upcoming assessment but for now we are just announcing that the second assessment will be pushed through this year,” Taha noted.

Moreover, the DSWD is set to conduct local government unit (LGU) consultation meeting for Regions 12 and ARMM-LaMa wherein matters concerning the assessment will be discussed thoroughly.

“We are keeping a close coordination with the LGUs to make sure that they get involved during the entire assessment period especially in terms of looking after the field workers in their area of assignment,” Taha said.

"Listahanan," also known the National Household Targeting System or Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are.

Through the Listahan 2nd nationwide household assessment, a new batch of poor and near-poor families will be identified and prioritized for appropriate programs and services.

It will also enable the Department to track changes or developments in the lives of poor households who were identified in the previous assessment.

In 2009, the DSWD conducted the first nationwide assessment that resulted in the identification of 296,043 poor households out of the 581,853 assessed in Region 12 and 337,324 poor households out of 522,795 assessed in ARMM-LaMa. (PNA)

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