Davao City –To date, a total of 699,529 households in Davao Region have been assessed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development through its ongoing Listahanan Survey.

“We have covered 88% in both rural and urban barangays of the targeted 739,770 households in the region. Of this, some 643,788 family assessment forms (FAFs) have already been encoded,” Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD said.

Listahanan targets to end the enumeration on August 30, 2015 in all provinces in Region XI, Director Razon said.

In the assessment process, trained enumerators conduct house-to-house interviews using paper and pen in rural areas and android tablets for data collection in urban areas.

After the interview, a sticker is posted in a conspicuous place in every house to ensure that not one household is missed out by enumerators.

“DSWD expects to have an expanded and updated database of who and where the poor are by year-end. This will serve as basis for developing programs and services that are responsive to the needs of the poor. This will also serve as a tool in determining the potential beneficiaries of existing programs and services,” Director Razon added.

Validation and Finalization phase will start in October this year wherein the initial list of poor families will be posted in visible places in every barangay for the community to scrutinize.

Families who were not visited during the regular enumeration shall be given a chance to appeal and be assessed.

A Local Verification Committee (LVC) shall be formed in each municipality to act on complaints and grievances received.

After validation, the official and final list of poor families shall be shared with data users as their basis in selecting beneficiaries of social protection programs.

Presently, 12,266,093 (80.09%) households have already been assessed throughout the country, from the target of 15.3 million for this second round of assessment.

The DSWD, under the Aquino administration, enforces Executive Order No. 867 series of 2010 which extends the mandate of using Listahanan database in all national government agencies. This is done through proactive data sharing and through continuously advocating the implementation of targeted social protection programs and services for the identified poor households. (DSWD)