Davao City -The Department of Social Welfare and Development XI (DSWD) through Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) is set to nominate for Gawad Listahanan deserving Local Government Units (LGUs) that have been utilizing the Listahanan data of identified poor families since 2011.

This is on top of the the DSWD annual awards “Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan” (PaNata Ko sa Bayan), said Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD.

Director Razon emphasized that Gawad Listahanan was conceived to recognize LGUs that committed and actively utilized the 2009 Listahanan database as they implement their locally funded programs and services.

Thus, it will also promote the complementation and convergence of all social protection stakeholders on the identified poor to effectively address the different aspects of poverty, she added.

LGUs may be nominated to the competition provided that they follow a set of minimum standards.

Gawad Listahanan will be conferred in January 2015 at the DSWD Central Office in Batasan, Quezon City.

The awardees will receive a plaque citing the highlights of their contributions and the significance of their partnership with the department. A cash incentive of Php 50,000 will also be presented.

Listahanan is a DSWD national project that identifies who and where the poor are. It is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries of social protection programs.

The database of poor households shows various poverty indicators like composition of households, socio-economic condition, incidence of senior citizens, access to water and electricity, occupation, income, and tenure status, among others.

To date, the Listahanan database is being used by 16 municipalities, one city, two provinces, one non-government organization and five national government agencies that have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with DSWD.

“We urge other LGUs and NGOs to adopt the available data to ensure that social protection programs and services will benefit those who really need the assistance, and consequently promote a standardized and transparent household targeting system for improved governance, transparency and accountability,” Director Razon added. (DSWD)