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DSWD’s Listahanan does not identify, delist 4Ps beneficiaries

THE DEPARTMENT of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) explains that the Listahanan 3 or the 3rd Round Nationwide Household Assessment aims to identify who and where the poor are in the country and does not determine additional beneficiaries nor delist ineligible households under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

This came following the circulation of news reports and infographics stating that the assessment would give non-beneficiaries a chance to be included in the 4Ps and for ineligible families to be removed from the program.

DSWD warns the public against unofficial infographics which are now going viral over Facebook.  The Department urges the public to refer only to infographics and other materials posted on the official DSWD Facebook page, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Twitter account, @dswdserves.

Listahanan or the database of poor households will be the end-product of the nationwide assessment. DSWD, through Listahanan, is mandated by Executive Order No. 867 Series of 2010 to adopt a targeting system as the standard mechanism for identifying poor households who shall be potential recipients of social protection programs nationwide.  Its main objective is to formulate a unified criteria for the identification of the poor through scientific means. DSWD shall maintain the system and update its data every four years.

Listahanan is not equal to 4Ps since it is only one of the programs using the database. The initial list of potential beneficiaries for 4Ps came from Listahanan, but the final list of qualified beneficiaries depends on the eligibility requirements as prescribed in the existing program guidelines. These are: households whose income status is equal to or below the official provincial poverty threshold; households that have children 0-18 years old, or have a pregnant woman at the time of assessment; and households that agree to meet the conditions specified in the program.

Meanwhile, delisting of 4Ps beneficiaries is done through the Grievance Redress System (GRS) of the program and not through Listahanan. GRS follows a process to validate the delisting of beneficiaries which are based on factors such as fraud, waived enrolment, no more eligible members, and income is above poverty threshold.

DSWD partnered with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to ensure the cooperation of local government units (LGUs), specifically the barangays, in the on-going assessment. The Department wants to highlight the role of LGUs in assisting DSWD to locate the households that are needed to be assessed to make sure that no one is left behind.

The 3rd Nationwide Household Assessment or Listahanan 3 officially started in May 2019.

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DSWD appeals to public not to give alms to street children, indigenous peoples

THE DEPARTMENT of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reiterates its appeal to the public to refrain from giving alms to street children, homeless individuals, and members of Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) groups.

This is pursuant to Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1563 or the Anti-Mendicancy Law which prohibits begging or soliciting of charitable donations by the poor and other religious organizations on the streets.

Instead of giving alms, especially during the coming Christmas season, DSWD advises the public to provide responsible types of assistance such as conducting organized gift-giving and caroling activities, feeding sessions, story-telling, and medical missions at the activity centers in the local government units (LGUs) to keep street dwellers and IP groups away from mendicant activities that may endanger their lives.

Together with LGUs, the Department operates and manages community-based child-friendly spaces or activity centers where street children can play, learn, eat, bathe, and socialize as they are monitored and cared for by social workers and volunteers.

Programs, services for street dwellers

DSWDworks hand-in-hand with LGUs, which are the primary responders in addressing the needs of street dwellers, by providing them with technical assistance and resource augmentation to efficiently and effectively deliver their services to the marginalized and poor sectors of society.

 Through its Field Offices (FOs), DSWD provides programs for street dwellers under the Comprehensive Program for Street Children, Street Families, and Indigenous Peoples especially Sama-Bajaus. The program features an integrated approach in responding to the needs of the street children and their families, and Sama-Bajau members with the ultimate goal of contributing to the reduction of their vulnerabilities and mendicant activities.

DSWD also implements the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF), an expansion of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), which specifically caters to homeless families living on the streets.

Benefits under the MCCT-HSF include education and health grants; access to social services; economic opportunities; and rent subsidy for a period of six to 12 months or depending on the capability of the household-beneficiaries to improve their living condition. A total of 201,526 homeless families are included in the program, as of July 31, 2019.

Aside from the continuous coordination with LGUs and FOs, the Department has a reach-out team that responds to the reported incidents of children or individuals-at-risk on the streets in Metro Manila. Concerned citizens may report through the Twitter account, @savestreetkids, and indicate the exact location and other pertinent information about the sighting.

DSWD emphasizes that a multi-stakeholder effort remains vital in addressing the concerns of street dwellers and homeless families.

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