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Inclusion in Listahanan survey not a guarantee for inclusion in pro-poor programs –DSWD

Davao City -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) clarifies that the Listahanan Survey is not a program but a nationwide assessment to come up with a data management system of poor households, targeting their name and location.

“We would like to make clear that the Listahanan assessment conducted in the different households all over the country is not a guarantee that a family will automatically be a recipient of any program of DSWD,” Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon emphasized.

“All collected information from the households will be encoded to a web application and subjected to a Proxy Means Test or PMT,” she said.

PMT is a statistical model that estimates the family income based on the variables indicated in the family assessment forms which were administered during the recent Listahanan survey.

Households with estimated income that is equal to and above the latest provincial poverty thresholds will be considered non-poor and those with estimated income falling below the provincial poverty thresholds will be considered poor.

“Once a household is identified as poor then it becomes a potential beneficiary of our social protection programs like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Social Pension Program,” Director Razon explained.

According to Listahanan focal and Policy and Plans chief Estrella D. Brigole, as soon as the Listahanan database is final, it will be made available to other national government agencies, local government units and other stakeholders as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of their respective social protection program and services.

Currently, nationwide validation and finalization of the list of poor households is being implemented, Brigoli said.

This critical activity shall assess and conduct a more thorough authentication of the preliminary list of poor and non-poor households at the barangay level through posting of initial survey results for everyone to see and validate the information, she added.

The DSWD with the participation of the local government units formed a Local Verification Committee at the municipal level for the resolution of all complaints and/or appeals brought by individuals and/or groups during the validation phase.

To date, DSWD Davao Region has a total of 282,980 poor households identified based on the initial survey results but is subject to change following the validation phase.

DSWD encourages the public to participate and file complaints/appeals so that deserving families would really benefit. (DSWD)

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‘Pablo’ emergency shelter aid only P10K not P30K –DSWD

Davao City –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) emergency shelter assistance for survivors of Typhoon Pablo was P10,000 per family with partially damaged houses and not P30,000.00 as claimed by some groups in Davao Oriental.

This was the official statement of DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon over the weekend amidst reports that DSWD disbursed P30,000.00 per family.

“Prior to the turnover of P10,000 to every family with partly damaged house, a memorandum of agreement was signed in 2013 between DSWD and the Provincial Governments of Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Davao Del Norte,” Director Razon recounted.

The Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) was part of the relief operations undertaken following the devastation brought by Tropical Storm Pablo (Bopha) on December 4, 2012, causing massive destruction mostly in the areas of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

“The P10,000.00 shelter aid enabled each affected family purchase basic materials to repair their homes. This amount was complemented with the shelter kit and other building materials like GI sheets, nails and lumbers donated by other responding agencies or organizations,” Director Razon explained.

DSWD records show that a total of P359,970,000.00 was disbursed under ESA –P178,760,000.00 for Davao Oriental, P166,200,000.00 in Compostela Valley, and P15,010,000.00 in Davao Del Norte.

For families who lost their homes, we provided permanent shelters through Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP) with a funding of P70,000.00 per unit, Director Razon added.

Under MSAP, DSWD, in collaboration with the Provincial Governments of Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Davao Del Norte, built a total of 26,969 units. Constructed in Davao Oriental were 18,168 houses, 8743 in Compostela Valley and 58 in Davao Del Norte.

Other assistance delivered by DSWD and Task Force Pablo, in close coordination with local government units and other disaster responders include family food packs, cash for work, financial assistance, temporary shelters, and livelihood projects. (DSWD)

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