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Person with disability leads the development of his community


Rey Jaboneta discusses with the workers and community residents during the construction of the Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project 200 linear meter drainage canal in Barangay New Panay.  Rey Jaboneta (left) poses with DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman during the awarding ceremony of the Kalahi-CIDSS’ 1st Bayani Ka recognition where he was awarded as Best PWD.

Rey Jaboneta discusses with the workers and community residents during the construction of the Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project 200 linear meter drainage canal in Barangay New Panay.
Rey Jaboneta (left) poses with DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman during the awarding ceremony of the Kalahi-CIDSS’ 1st Bayani Ka recognition where he was awarded as Best PWD.

Alam ko na ang kapansanan ko ay isang limitasyon para makapagsilbi lalo na kung pisikal na lakas ang kailangan. Subalit, hindi ito magiging limitasyon sa pagtupad ng aking mga pangarap (I know that my handicap will limit my ability to serve. However, it will not limit my capacity to dream and pursue my goals),” asserted Rey E. Jaboneta, 42, a volunteer of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the anti-poverty programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Kalahi-CIDSS uses the Community-Driven Development approach that puts power back in the hands of the people by giving them the voice and the vote to participate in the local development process and identify solutions that will address needs identified by communities themselves. Through CDD, citizens work hand-in-hand with government and non-government organizations to ensure that their needs are met and they become actively involved in local processes.

Despite being a person with disability (PWD), Rey does not stop by simply doing his share of community work.  He tries his best to excel as proven by his Kalahi-CIDSS’ 1st Bayani Ka recognition as Best PWD, which he recently received from DSWD.

The 1st Bayani Ka Award aims to acknowledge outstanding community volunteers and initiatives, and build a pool of champions for positive change.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman stressed that PWDs should also have equal access to training, and other opportunities.

“Rey is a good role model that each one of us has the capacity to become movers of change given the right chance,” Sec. Soliman said during the awarding ceremony.

Volunteering his services

Born with polio, Rey has experienced discrimination from people around him.

Maraming nagdududa sa aking kakayahan at may mga nagpapasaring tungkol sa aking kapansanan (They would often question my ability and hurl insensitive comments about my disability),” he said.

Instead of wallowing in self-pity, he re-focused the negative vibe as a challenge to motivate him in pursuing his goals of helping the community.

Since 2012, he had been leading the Kalahi-CIDSS implementation in his village in Barangay New Panay in Maragusan in Compostela Valley as Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee Chairman.

To date, 173 community projects had been implemented in Maragusan which consist of roads, electrification project, bridges, school buildings, water system, drainage system, pre/post-harvest facilities, light house, eco-tourism projects, and skills training/capability building activities.

“His role is to take care of the overall management of Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project together with other elected committee members,” said Helenbergs Tulang, Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinator in Maragusan.

Rey shared, “Nakulbaan ko pero nalipay sa responsibilidad nga gisalig sa akong mga kauban sa barangay sa akoa (I was anxious but happy at the same time with the responsibility entrusted to me by the community).”

He also expressed his gratitude to community facilitators of Kalahi-CIDSS who were always supportive of his endeavors.

Boosting the morale

Barangay New Panay is almost a five-hour ride from Davao City where the delivery of basic social services is hindered due to lack of cooperation from the community.

“The people used to feel demoralized and insignificant since most of them were not able to finish school and were more focused on how to earn and provide for their family. Community work and volunteerism were not their priority,” shared Lyre Divine Balili, Kalahi-CIDSS community facilitator.

For someone who had been the subject of ridicule due to his physical handicap, Rey used his disability to boost the morale of the community. Unmindful of his condition, he set an example by joining barangay assemblies and capacity building sessions.

The residents were then encouraged and inspired by his dedication. They started to become active in their community’s development by helping choose, design, and implement projects that address their most pressing needs through Kalahi-CIDSS.

Rey believed that if he could do it, the people around him will realize that they could do so much more.

After awhile, the villagers started working together, gradually building various successful community projects.

Numerous projects

With Rey at the helm, Barangay New Panay was able to complete numerous projects like the construction of a drainage canal and a community E-library.

A training on embroidery and interior design was also held in the village which benefited 1,389 residents.

“Through Kalahi-CIDSS, Barangay New Panay now has the opportunity to generate more income and establish a school facility for the children in the community,” said Maragusan Mayor Cesar Colina.

Nagpapasalamat ako sa DSWD sa pagbibigay ng oportunidad sa aming mga may kapansanan. Ipinaramdam nila sa mga katulad ko na puwede rin kaming makapag ambag sa aming komunidad (I am thankful that DSWD gives equal opportunities to people with disabilities like me. They opened opportunities for us and they made us feel that after all, we can contribute to the development of our community),” Rey concluded. (DSWD)


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Humble backyard garden provides food on the table, generates additional income

Helen Camacho tends to her seedlings which she grows through Urban Container Gardening.  She attests that with her produce, she is able to put food on the table.

Bringing food on the table is a primary concern of every family,  more so for a poor family with little or no income at all to sustain nutritious meals.

To help address this, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) included the topic “Bio-Intensive Gardening (BIG)” in its enhanced modules for Family Development Sessions (FDS) regularly attended  by beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor families, primarily those with children aged 0-18. It provides cash grants to partner-beneficiaries who comply with the conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health centers for checkups, and attending the monthly FDS.

FDS is conducted monthly by DSWD and partners from non-government organizations, the private sector, and civil society organizations. It serves as a venue where topics on effective parenting, husband and wife relationships,  child development, laws affecting the Filipino family, gender and development, home management, active citizenship, and electoral education are discussed.

BIG teaches Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to become food secure through backyard gardening since food grown at home is usually consumed by the family.

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, achieving a well-fed and food-secure household would mean improving what people eat, in terms of quality, quantity, and variety.

This would require efforts related to increasing not only the available food supply, but also both physical and economic access to it.

Sec. Soliman encourages beneficiaries to engage in backyard gardening, specifically BIG, to provide fresh and higher quality vegetables with better nutritional values for the whole family.

Income generating hobby

For Helen Camacho,  a 43-year old Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary of Purok 13, Barangay Tibungco, Davao City, gardening is an income-generating hobby.

”Sa pirmiro nako nga pagtanom, nagsugod ko sa baynte ka semilya sa pechay. Nagakuha pud ko sa sementeryo og mga tetra pack aron matamnan (I started off with only 20 seedlings of Chinese cabbage. I also go to the nearby cemetery to gather and recycle tetra packs which I use as pots),” shared Helen.

From 20 pechay seedlings, Helen now has over 70 seedlings along with other crops that she cultivates in their house. To make soil containers, Helen personally sews the tetra packs that she gathers from the cemetery. She even builds her own makeshift racks.

“Dako kaayo og tabang ang urban container gardening sa amoang pagpamuyo. Busa magkugi gyud ko aron mas mapanindot pa ni (Urban container gardening is a huge help. I will really strive to improve my garden),” Helen said excitedly.

Helen has been cultivating her urban container garden since February 2013 and now has over 200 seedlings.

She narrated that her husband, 41-year old Alejandro, works as a tricycle driver and earns at most P300 a day. For additional income, Helen repacks the seedlings that she buys and sells it to  fellow Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries at P5 per piece. Helen also sells her produce to her neighbors or at the local market.

Her backyard garden also supplies her family’s food requirements, since they consume the vegetables which Helen harvests. This would result to savings which they could use to meet their other needs.

Urban Container Gardening magamit gyud ni namo kay dili lang kini makalingawan namo, usa pud kini ka pamaagi nga makakwarta kami (We can really use this Urban Container Gardening. It is more than a hobby but it is income generating as well),” explained Helen.

For those living in urban areas with little space for a backyard garden, urban container gardening is an initiative that hopes to help boost food security in the community.

Likewise, in Barangay Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, Pantawid Pamilya women-beneficiaries are growing high value crops such as strawberry,  lettuce,  and cauliflower,  among others. They are also engaged in backyard gardening and root crops production.

A mother of 13 children, Vercita Gawahan  is one of the more than  3,500 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Manolo Fortich town.  She loves to just stay at home while her husband works in a farm as the sole provider of the family.

After learning about BIG through FDS, however, Vercita thought of engaging in backyard gardening to help her husband sustain the needs of their large family.

Vercita said that she and her husband can now begin to look forward to a brighter future for their family because aside from the educational grants for their three children, she can now help augment the family income through the profits she makes by selling her garden’s produce.

”Sa pamamagitan ng Family Development Sessions ng Pantawid Pamilya, natutunan ko kung paanong malagpasan ang aking mga kahinaan at mag-focus sa aking mga kalakasan, na naging daan upang magbago ang aming buhay (Through the Pantawid Pamilya’s Family Development Sessions, I learned how to overcome my weaknesses and focus on my strengths which paved the way to achieve change in our lives),” she emphasized. (DSWD)


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Livelihood for Boston folks

LIVELIHOOD. DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria [2nd from left] awards the Php 11 million cheque for the implementation of Enhanced Skills Training on Abaca Production for Pantawid families and disaster survivors in Boston, Davao Oriental. LGU Boston was led by Mayor Rebecco B. Rosit Sr. during the recent Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement and Ceremonial Turnover in the town. Also in photo are LGU and DSWD Officials as well as some DSWD program beneficiaries.

Implemented through the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program, PhilFIDA will conduct the training and provide the technician while LGU Boston will do the monitoring. Program beneficiaries will then be providing the area and DSWD will supply the planting materials. (DSWD)

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In-depth report: 4Ps further explained

SINCE the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Davao Region in 2009, there has been a total 229,871 beneficiaries who have received cash grants from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao Region.

Davao del Sur made up the bulk of the beneficiaries at 84,510, but this is because Davao City, a chartered city and shouldn’t have been included in the province, is included. Davao City accounts for 20,301 of this total.

It is followed by Compostela Valley Province with 56,698, Davao del Norte with 47,838 and Davao Oriental with 40,825.

Beneficiaries are selected based on the data of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) while DSWD also utilizes data gathered by its National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

The figures derived from both databases are then collated in the community level through social workers who conduct house-to-house visits for a more specific validation. Families may receive as much as P1,400 every month. Parents get P500 while each child of elementary to high school age get P300. Only three children are given the cash grant in a family.

DSWD-Davao information officer for the 4Ps Sheryll Fernandez, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, admitted that the cash grant is just a little, but this already means a lot to poor families.

“It is just an assistance for families so that they will have additional allowances to send their children to school and feed them,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez reacts to criticisms that the program is but a dole-out. She said there are conditions that are set for the family to receive the assistance and can thus not be considered as dole-out. Students receiving the cash grants should at least have an 85 percent school attendance every month while they are also required to visit health care centers for regular checkup.

Mothers, meanwhile, should also have themselves checked in the health care centers and are obliged to attend family development sessions. If these conditions are not met for the first time, beneficiaries will get a verbal reprimand while the next non-compliance would entail a written reprimand from the regional director.

The third offense would cause the suspension of cash grants for a month while those who fail to comply for the succeeding months may be delisted from the program.

“We strongly believe that it is not a dole out since they have to follow these conditions. After all, if they follow these conditions we could help families keep their children in school while they can also maintain good health,” Fernandez said.

But she was quick to add that they do not directly delist beneficiaries as they let social workers conduct the social case management to identify why some beneficiaries fail to comply. The social workers are then tasked to conduct interventions in order for beneficiaries to get back to following the conditions.

In relation to the delisting of beneficiaries, data from DSWD-Davao showed that a total of 1,979 were already excluded from the beneficiaries. Most of the delisted beneficiaries have opted to waive themselves off the program while some were excluded after they were deemed ineligible due to the increase in their salary.

Fernandez, however, admitted that they are also forced to delist the so-called inclusion errors, saying: “Our system is not perfect and there are those who are included even though they are not actually eligible. So what we do is we let our social workers validate their eligibility and if they are not really eligible then we delist them.”

DSWD has also bore the brunt of having fraudsters who pose as marginalized people and later on social workers would find out that they are actually disqualified for the program.

“Some of the beneficiaries intentionally refuse to disclose their other assets when they are being interviewed by social workers. We would then discover that they have other properties or assets elsewhere so we also delist them,” Fernandez said.

It has been six years since the program has been implemented but Fernandez said none of the beneficiaries have graduated from the program due to the changes implemented by President Benigno Aquino III last year.

Before, cash grants were only provided to children aging 14 and below, yet under Aquino’s administration, the cash assistance was extended to those who are on their way to high school.

Those in the secondary level of education, meanwhile, receive P500 each month instead of the P300 that elementary students get.

Due to the extension of the program to high school level, DSWD has yet to fully assess how the 4Ps has actually aided in the entirety of their poverty alleviation programs.

“So far, the assessments come from the success stories of our beneficiaries. Our monitoring and evaluation also has a case management tool called the Social Welfare Indicator, which determines the level of well-being of our beneficiaries but since the program has extended we have yet to determine when a beneficiary should graduate from the program,” Fernandez said.

The levels of well-being, Fernandez said, include survival, subsistence and self-sufficiency. Those in the survival level could be considered the poorest of the poor as members of the households under this level are usually unemployed and lack the technical skills.

Households within the subsistence level, meanwhile, are those with only one parent or adult member who sustains the family. Self-sufficient level means at least two members of the household who are skilled enough to land regular jobs. These indicators have yet to be consolidated but the DSWD still considers 4Ps as one of its flagship programs amid its uncertainty in addressing poverty.

“For as long as this program helps families keep their children in school while keeping families healthy as well, then the program will continue. Anyway, those who will graduate in the 4Ps are most likely to qualify for other programs of the DSWD,” Fernandez added. (Sun Star Davao)

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No-read, no-write, no more

TO RISE above the discrimination that Badjaos have been subjected through the past decades is now a mother’s dream for the rest of her children who can still catch up after being shown what it takes.

Gelin Amelita Rendo said she realized this after going through the Basic Literacy Program conducted by the City Link through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The 4Ps is a human development measure of the national government that provides a conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor to improve the health, nutrition and education of their children.

Gelin is among the Badjao beneficiaries living at Purok 4B, Barangay 23 C, Mini-Forest, Boulevard. She has eight children named Roni, Freddie, Tambi, Tinang, Totong, Lupin, Mina and Shenie with her husband Rhojz.

Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic

“Wa rako kabalo sa ilang edad. Ang magulang minyo na tua nay duha ka anak. Duha sa ila minyo na, anaay uli-tawo, kini si Tambi nay depekto, uban bata pa tua nag eskwela (I don’t know their ages. The eldest is now married with two children. Two of my children are already married. I also have single sons. Tambi here is differently-abled, while the rest are in school),” Gelin told Sun.Star Davao.

The elder five are all out of school, four of whom have only been in elementary school. Tambi, because of his disability, has not been in school. The youngest three are still in school. Lupin is in grade 7 at the Sta. Ana National High School, Mina is in grade 4, and Shene is in grade 1 at the Roxas Elementary School.

Gelin is a beneficiary of the 4Ps for five years already. She was one of the victims of the biggest fire that raged through three barangays in Quezon Boulevard on April 4, 2014, thus she also received a total of P20,000 cash assistance from the City Government. She is thankful for 4Ps because it allowed them to send their youngest children to school and for giving her an opportunity to learn as well.

It was in year 2013-2014 when she attended her first Basic Literacy training, which she described as a “memorable and happiest day” of her life.

“Nag-sayaw pa gani ko. Lingaw kaayo. Nakabalo na ko mubasa’g sulat, kabalo napud ko mo ihap. Kami sa akong bana kahima-o na maninda kay di naman mi dali ma-ilad kay kabalo naman mi moihap (I danced with delight. I now know how to read and right and I know how to count. My husband and I can now sell without being duped because we now know how to count),” Gelin said.

“Sa una nga wala pa ang 4Ps sigera mi salom sa dagat. Usahay gapangayo dira dalan, sa mga tawo. Diri rapud ko naka-agi makasulod hotel ug mukaon tong sa’mo training. Mao na importante gayud ange skwela nako sa’ko mga anak (Before 4Ps, all we did was dive in the sea for alms or beg on the streets. It was also only in 4Ps that I was able to enter a hotel and eat food in a training. That’s why I’m telling my remaining children that education is important),” she added.

For now, Gelin said, she does not worry about her children’s expenses in school, as she learned how to budget the allowance given to them through the 4Ps. She added that all she has to do is to guide her children and remind them on the importance of education.


The Badjao inhabit the shore and water of the Sulu archipelago. Others went to Davao, Surigao, Zamboanga and even Manila, among other cities, in search of better livelihood.

City Link social worker Elena Bejarasco-Alingalan said that aside from the aid that 4Ps has provided for its beneficiaries, she also find helping the Badjaos through “Basic Literacy Program and Life Recovery Program.”

“I asked a close friend of mine who is a teacher, I said teach, naluoy ko sa mga nanay na muadto sa Bankerohan di kabalo mubasa ug muihap (I pity the mothers I encounter in Bankerohan who do not know how to read and count). So, we started to conduct this basic literacy program November 2013 diin monthly sila gitudloan (they are taught once a month),” Alingalan said.

The first module was to teach them to read. After a year, Alingalan said, she partnered with Nelson Gamao of the Department of Education (DepEd) to teach the Badjaos in the community to write.

At least 30 Badjaos along with several from the Manobo tribe from Barangays 22-C, 23-C, 31-D, 39-D and 40-D, underwent to the Basic Literacy Program, which provides free training in reading, writing, math and basic work skills, Alingalan said.

The Life Recovery Program teaches spirituality, whatever their religions are. They are taught about love for self, family, and humanity in general. Though this is beyond the 4Ps function, Alingalan said, to see the Badjao transformed into educated individuals is an achievement, not for her, but for the Badjao community; a priceless gift for the people like them who has been deprived of several things.

For the poorest

The 4Ps operate in 17 regions in the Philippines, covering 79 provinces, 143 cities, and 1,484 municipalities. Record obtained from the DSWD revealed that as of March 2015, it has enlisted 4,425,845 households, of which 558,609 are indigenous and 223,344 have at least one person with disability (PWD).

The program also covers 11,058,303 schoolchildren aged 0 to 18, from the total registered with an average of two to three children per household.

They are selected through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), which identifies who and where the poor are in the country.

In general, the following criteria must be satisfied to become eligible for the program: residents of the poorest municipalities, based on 2003 Small Area Estimates (SAE) of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) Households whose economic condition is equal to or below the provincial poverty threshold Households that have children 0-18 years old and/or have a pregnant woman at the time of assessment Households that agree to meet conditions specified in the program The 4Ps has two types of cash grants that are given out to household-beneficiaries: Health Grant: P500 per household every month, or a total of P6,000 every year Education Grant: P300 per child every month for ten months, or a total of P3,000 every year (a household may register a maximum of three children for the program) For a household with three children, a household may receive P1,400 every month, or a total of P15,000 every year for five years, from the two types of cash grants given to them.

These cash grants are distributed to the household-beneficiaries through the Land Bank of the Philippines or, if not feasible, through alternate payment schemes such as Globe G-Cash remittance and rural bank transactions.

As of March 2015, a total of P9.2 billion cash grants were paid to eligible and compliant beneficiaries in the first period of 2015 covering January to February disbursements. From this amount, P5.3 billion was paid for education, and the remaining P3.9 billion was disbursed for health.

In order to receive the abovementioned subsidies, all the succeeding conditions must be met by the household-beneficiaries:

* Pregnant women must avail pre and post-natal care, and be attended during childbirth by a trained professional.

* Parents or guardians must attend the family development sessions, which include topics on responsible parenting, health, and nutrition.

* Children aged 0-5 must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines.

* Children aged 6-14 must receive de-worming pills twice a year

* Children-beneficiaries aged 3-18 must enroll in school, and maintain an attendance of at least 85 percent of class days every month.

High compliance rates were recorded for the months of January and February 2015: 99.17 percent for the de-worming of children aged 6-14; 96.89 percent for school attendance of children aged 6-14; 96.53 percent for school attendance of children in daycare aged 3-5; 95.82 percent for health visits of pregnant women and children aged 0-5; 95.30 percent for attendance in family development sessions; and 92.74 percent for school attendance of children aged 15-18. (Sun Star Davao)

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Taking the Listahanan journey

Mabini, Compostela Valley- “It is never easy being both a father and a mother to your children,” Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary Alex Juanico blurted.

“It was already two years since my wife left us for another man, but the most painful part is leaving me with the responsibility of our six minor children,” Juanico expressed.

“Heading to Purok Mabolo in Brgy. Pindasan, four minor children caught my attention. Their house is made of makeshift materials and I can’t imagine when it rains and where they hole up to avoid getting soaked,” shared Listahanan Enumerator Charita Mae Chato.

Juanico is the house owner and lives there with his six children. He is a laborer in a banana plantation. This work enables him to feed his children.

Chato visited with the Juanico family for the assessment and learned of the family’s predicament and the father’s ultimate dream.

Pag paniudto na, mananghid ko sa akoang amo aron makauli ko ug malutu-an nako akong mga anak (At lunchtime, I ask permission from my boss to let me go home and cook for my children),” Juanico shared.

He admitted there are times he could not provide enough food for his children because of his meager salary.

Usahay makadungog nalang ko og storya nga ang akoang mga anak mangayo og pagkaon sa silingan namo.  Usahay manguha og lubi aron naay makaon. Sakit man paminawon pero lisod gyud amoang sitwasyon (Stories would reach me that my children would ask food from our neighbors. Sometimes they feed on coconut meat. Hurting it may be but our situation is really hard).”

Pantawid partner

Juanico family was blessed when it became a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary in 2014.

Wala ko damha. Naa na koy katabang sa pagtaguyod sa akoang mga anak. Dako kaayo ko og pasalamat sa DSWD nga gitabangan gyud kami (I never expected this. I now have a partner in raising my children. I am very grateful to DSWD for really helping us).”

His older children Al Christian, 12, and Mary Joyce, 10, are now in school in compliance to the education condition of the program.

“Isa lang akoang pangarap bisan og pobre kami  – unta makahuman og eskwela akoang mga anak  (I only have one dream -that my children would finish school ).”

Pantawid Pamilya is a poverty reduction strategy of the national government that provides cash assistance to identified poor household in the country. Family beneficiaries comply with certain health and education conditions in order to receive their cash grants.

At present Pantawid Pamilya covers 43 municipalities and 6 cities in Region XI benefitting over 229,871 families.

Listahanan lessons

“This Listahanan journey has taught me many things. It is not just a job for me but an opportunity to help change the lives of vulnerable people through reaching them in far areas you cannot imagine exist,” Chato said.

For Chato, Listahanan assessment means a lot for many people, it is hope for them. “More than the salary that we can get from this assessment is the opportunity of interacting with people and knowing them through DSWD’s Listahanan.”

Listahanan is a data management system that identifies who and where the poor are. It contains comprehensive socio-economic database of poor households as basis for determining beneficiaries of social protection programs and services.

Listahanan data is made available to national government agencies, non-government organizations, local government units and other social protection stakeholders.

Listahanan saturation assessment in all rural areas is on-going while pockets of poverty for urban localities will be administered soon.

To date, Listahanan has assessed 356,405 families of the target 793,770 in Region XI. (DSWD)




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Sec. Dinky visits Talaingod anew

DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman arrives in Sitio JBL, Barangay Sto. Niňo, Talaingod, Davao Del Norte during the 16th ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan. The Secretary led the ceremonial turnover of Php 14 million-worth of DSWD projects and services to some 13,357 beneficiaries. (DSWD)

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