DSWD-NCR to provide intensive training for field personnel who will conduct the second family assessment

May 13, 2015 5:19 am 

MANILA, May 12 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development–National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) said on Tuesday it will provide intensive training to at least 3,274 field personnel who will conduct the second family assessment project in Metro Manila this year.

According to DSWD-NCR Director Alicia Bonoan, the training will be done to ensure the success of the second family assessment of the poor families in the 16 cities and one municipality comprising the NCR.

Director Bonoan said that part of the training is acquainting the participants on the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) which is called at present as “Listahanan” (Talaan ng Listahan ng mga Mahihirap).

"Listahanan" is a nationwide information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country.

Also through the training, the participants are expected to gain understanding on the rationale, background and objectives of "Listahanan," among others.

“Most importantly, they will be equipped with the necessary skills on how they will perform their assigned roles and responsibilities. They will also learn how to respond to the possible circumstances that may arise during assessment,” Bonoan said.

She also cited the project significance to all stakeholders of the DSWD's social protection programs.

“We would like to reassure that our Field Office staff are competent enough to facilitate it,” the DSWD regional director said.

She also clarified that the field personnel will not be deployed to the areas where they live to ensure objectivity of the project, wherein only the real poor can be included in the list.

In the National Capital Region, the DSWD targets to assess some 1.2 million families who are in need of social protection programs and services.

Those who will be listed as poor will be posted in the barangays for transparency purposes so that those who know that there are poor families not listed or those who are not supposed to be on the list or questionable can be corrected through revalidation.

Posting of the lists in the barangays will be announced. Stakeholders will be present during the scheduled posting to listen and act on the queries or grievances before coming out with the final list as part of ensuring that non-poor families are not included in the "Listahanan." (PNA)

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