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DSWD reveals nat’l assessment result

Sigurado, Kumpleto, Totoo!
This tells about Listahanan assessment result that was launched recently at the historic Manila Hotel.
Listahanan is also known as National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) database for identifying the poor and where they are in the country.
The revelation of the results of the expanded national assessment was just shown and attended by local and international partners of DSWD from different government agencies, local and international civil society organizations, including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNI-CEF), Australian government and World Bank.
Around 15 million household nationwide were assessed and evaluated through the Proxy Means Test (PMT) during the second round assessment which was conducted last year.
Through Listahanan, 5.1 million poor households were able to identify and about 1.5 million family beneficiaries of 4Ps who managed to move up into an improved living status by using wisely and productively the assistance provided to them under the 4Ps.
Such “category” then influenced DSWD and its development partners to begin crafting specific programs to ensure that said poor households who have moved to different level of living will not go back to poverty level where they used to belong in cases of disaster, climate change or any condition that may cause them to slide down.
Also because of this assessment, the DSWD found that the 5.5 million targeted poor households nationwide have annual per capita income less than the poverty threshold reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) for 2015.
Most of these targeted households are located in the Visayas and Mindanao as nine out of the 10 regions with the most number of targeted poor households are part of the said island clusters.
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) topped the list with 11.2 percent share or 573,446 targeted poor households. ARMM is followed by Region VII (Central Visayas) and Region X (Northern Min-danao) with 525,561 and 485,539 targeted poor households, respectively.
Meanwhile, eight out of 10 or 76.6 percent of the targeted poor households reside in rural areas, while two out 10 or 23.4 percent live in urban areas.
Of the 28.7 million individuals, 48.4 percent or 13.9 million are women while 51.6 percent or 14.8 million are men.
It may be noted that children constitute 15.1 million or 52.7 percent of the total targeted poor population.
Of the 10.7 million children aged five to 17 years old, 215,244 reported having an occupation. Most of these children (123,578) are laborers and unskilled workers.
Fisher folk, farmers and foresters comprise about 2.8 million or 17.9 percent of the 15.5 million targeted poor individuals belonging to the labor force or those aged 15 years old and above. The majority (53 percent or 8.2 million) reported having no occupation at the time of the assessment.
Senior citizens comprise only 4.2 percent or 1.2 million individuals, while 1.1 percent of the total targeted poor population or 313,574 are persons with disability (PWDs).
On the other hand, the regional database launching will be set and the data concerning the whole region 6 will also be unveiled next month.
However, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DSWD is needed to ensure that there is transparency in the use of such data for benefiting the targeted beneficiaries and avoiding situations wherein there will be “over-served” or “under-served” recipients. ##MerryJezzelBrendia

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World Bank recognizes Listahanan’s importance

Because of Listahanan, poor families were identified and located all over the Philippines. This was learned from World Bank Country Director Mara K. Warwick.
“Indeed, the Philippines and Brazil are the only two countries in the world to have succeeded in establishing such a comprehensive data base or “social registry” to identify poor and vulnerable beneficiaries of government programs”.
“Grounded in empirical studies, the World Bank recognizes Listahanan as a leading “good practice example” for a growing number of countries that aspire to introduce such registries.
This was the message of World Bank Country Director Mara Warwick when she delivered her speech in the Listahanan National Launching at the Manila Hotel recently.
In her speech, Country Director Mara Warwick highlighted the four reasons of Listahanan’s importance.
According to her, Listahanan is increasing both the efficiency and effectiveness of public spending by enabling the Government to target programs to the poor and vulnerable.
“It is also improving the governance of Social Protection in the Philippines by removing political patronage from distribution of public resources to citizens,” she emphasizes.
Then she mentioned that Listahanan is important because its impact is far-reaching across the Philippines.
She elaborated that Listahanan is currently used by 59 national agencies to target programs where they are needed most, including the Pantawid, and the PhilHealth subsidized health insurance which enables transparent and fair selection of beneficiaries of government programs.
Moreover, Warwick added that Listahanan is important because of what it means for all citizens.
“It is an anchor for an objective and transparent approach to selecting beneficiaries. Such transparency is important for citizens, affecting how people perceive their government.”
“Citizens are able to see that public funding and government services are deployed fairly, rather than as gifts or as favors. This in turn signals an important shift and the beginnings of a deeper transformation in state-society relations: people start seeing government services as public goods rather than as personal rewards.
And lastly as she mentioned before, Listahanan is important because its targeting performance is excellent by international standards based on the available empirical evidence.
She stresses that while there is no such thing as perfect targeting, the tool that Listahanan have developed does an excellent job in identifying the poor and vulnerable.
“Listahanan is supporting impressive results and must continue to evolve and adapt over time for even greater impact,” she added.
On the other hand, Country Director Warwick also put emphasis on how much the World Bank values the opportunity to partner with the Philippines in support of Listahanan.
She mentioned that World Bank have supported the national household targeting system since its conception in 2008, including assisting DSWD to develop and update the targeting mechanism, establish and strengthen operational procedures, and implement Listahanan 2010 and 2015.
She added that World Bank considers Listahanan an important pillar for continued institutional development in the Philippines, one that helps to secure efficient and effective use of government resources and enables transparent, objective and fair identification of poor and vulnerable beneficiaries of government programs.
Furthermore, Country Director Mara Warwick congratulated the Government on this important achievement during the said Launching.
“Listahanan has helped to put the Philippines at the forefront of global experience in targeting public finance to reach the poorest.”
“Sustaining this achievement over time will be important, and we would encourage the next Administration to continue to use Listahanan to identify beneficiaries of the Pantawid, the national health insurance, social pension and other anti-poverty programs,” she said.
The World Bank said they will remain committed to partnering with the Philippines to build on the achievements of Listahanan 2010 and 2015.##

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DSWD-6 to launch database of poor households

The 2nd Launching of the Listahanan database of the Department of Social Welfare and Development region 6 will be held next month at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center, Iloilo City.
Listahanan is the data management system that identifies who and where the poor are.
This can be used by government agencies of the Philippines, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and civil society organizations (CSOs) for the targeting of social protection programs and services and recipients.
The 2nd Listahanan launching will disclose the result of the 2015 assessment particularly in Western Visayas.
Among the data to be presented during the launch will be the magnitude of the poor living in the rural and urban areas, magnitude of the poor with electricity, by sector, and by occupation. Also quick facts and figures will also be shown.
In addition, in order to ensure that there is transparency in the use of such data for benefiting the targeted beneficiaries and avoiding situations wherein there will be “over-served” or “under-served” recipients, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DSWD is needed.
Still, the said 2015 Listahanan database launching will further update the partner NGAs, NGOs, CSOs, SUCs, LGUs, and Media more about Listahanan as well as other DSWD programs and services likewise promoting the agency’s upcoming activities or events. Dswd6/MerryJezzelBrendia

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4Ps students face risk crossing “monkey bridge” to reach school

It takes a lot of courage for Indigenous People (IP) children in crossing the dangerous “monkey bridge” over Panipiason River to attend their classes in a nearby Sitio Igtughangin, Brgy. Panipiason, Madalag, Aklan.
This monkey bridge which is made of woody vines or locally known as ‘balagon’ was conceptualized by residents to address their problem, particularly every rainy season where most students from Sitio Mananggad could not cross the high water level going to school.monkey bridge
Thinking of an alternative route, residents have decided to gather hundreds of woody vines from mountains of Nagaba and Napisong. They tangled it to make a bridge that connects from two sitios of Mananggad and Igtughangin. This measures approximately around 200 meters long.
Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary Nelly Salvador, 50, of Sitio Mananggad said she had nine children and three of them already finished college. Nelly said the other siblings were in high school while the other three, who are currently covered by the program, were enrolled in Igtughangin Integrated School.
In fact, one of Nelly’s children is already a public teacher in Igtughangin Primary School.
“Despite that it is very dangerous for my kids but they need to cross the river to attend their classes and to comply with the condition set by the program,” she said.
She hopes that the Local Government Unit (LGU) or even the national government could fund their village to have a new hanging bridge.
Nelly said they fear that in the coming years, no vines could be harvested from the mountains because the wild plant would take 20 to 30 years to mature. She added that the used vines on the bridge could be replaced every after six months.
For his part, elementary pupil Paolo Sakita, also a Pantawid Pamilya student beneficiary, expressed fear every time he climbs the bridge. However, he preferred to climb to save his bag from getting wet rather than crossing down the river.
Under the program, children are required to complete the 85 percent school attendance within the year.
Municipal Link Ianna Dawn Ferrer, who is assigned at the area, said the bridge also addressed the compliance rate of all the regular beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT).
“We have a high compliance rate at the area with regards to education and health, however, we could not deny that children opt not to go to school during rainy days because of fear in crossing the river,” she emphasized.
A total of 158 beneficiaries in the said barangay are included in the regular CCT. Of the number, 50 household beneficiaries are living in Sitio Mananggad where 20 of their children are regularly using the bridge.
In 2002, the monkey bridge was replaced by a hanging bridge as funded by a politician in Aklan, but in 2013, it was destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda./dswd6/Montesa G. Caoyonan

Photo Caption: Pantawid Pamilya student beneficiaries in Madalag, Aklan pass the dangerous ‘monkey bridge’ to reach school.

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Out-of-school-youth now a professional baker

A father is usually the one expected to lead his family, provide their necessities and ensure that the children get good education to protect their future. This is not an unfamiliar experience for Wilfredo Cardinal Jr. of Barangay San Julian, Janiuay, Iloilo.
Being a son to a single mother, Wilfredo did not hesitate to carry on his shoulders the responsibility of being the head of the family and a father figure to his sister and two brothers. 1
At a young age of 20, he learned the bitterness of life and became familiar of ignoring both physical and emotional injuries, enduring all the pain just to lay down a platter of food to his family’s table.
While he did not finish a formal education, everything he does selflessly while providing for his siblings’ school fees and to at least lessen his mother’s burden.
Being an exemplary citizen to their society and a good son and brother to his family, Wilfredo was elected President of the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) in 2007 in his town under the Unlad Kabataan Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Although laden with the responsibility to his family, Wilfredo never failed his duties as the PYAP President and even with his time divided, he still managed to have an active involvement in their youth activities such as seminars, trainings, conventions, meetings, youth encampment and conferences, setting a good model to his fellow youth in their community.
Finally in 2007, Wilfredo’s family status hinted improvement when he decided to join the Tinapay ng Bayan (People’s Bread) Livelihood Training and Hunger Mitigation Project of DSWD, in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Association of Flour Millers (PAFMIL), Chamber of Flour Millers (CHAMFLOUR) and US Wheat Associates.
Wilfredo underwent trainings for professional bakers conducted by the Philippine Foremost Milling Corporation.
His undeniable persistence and determination once again won him a title of PYAP Tinapay ng Bayan SEA – K President on September 21, 2008. For Wilfredo, nothing more is priceless than the trust and companionship he earned from the people around him.
He continued to become a good leader for three years until he was hired as a baker in Dubai on July 4, 2011. As much as it pains him, he decided to leave his family and grab the once in a lifetime opportunity to improve their economic status. There is no other better timing than this as his brothers and sister started to go to college by that time.
With his positive outlook in life coupled with his family’s support, Wilfredo became a successful baker. Since then, he provided his family’s needs like a father should.
One by one, his siblings finished their college degrees and built their own dreams, learning from the principles their elder brother held. Indeed, for a good man like Wilfredo, best things fall in place at the right moment and perfect timing.
Luckily for Wilfredo, he finally has a family of his own – loved by a caring wife and a wonderful daughter. They are now residing in Dubai.
With the surge of a familiar feeling to lead his own family, being a good father may not be too difficult anymore, remembering the times when he had to deal with the responsibility on taking care of his siblings and leading his fellow youth.
Perhaps, that have prepared him to be a better person, the best that he is. Perhaps, his success didn’t start when he became a baker but when he became a real father./dswd6/Xzyrabelle Servento

1. Wilfredo as a baker
2. The Tinapay ng Bayan building in Janiuay

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Mrs. Geronima Ayson

6 mambec22Mrs. Geronima Ayson (left) is the Kalahi-CIDSS Regional and National Awardee (Individual Category) in the 2014 bayanI Ka Awards.

Ayson, is a retired division English supervisor from San Roque, Anini-y, Antique.

Unlike other retirees who are spending their retirement pays in luxurious tours, she opted to do volunteer works in Kalahi-CIDSS.

She and her husband Alberto donated the lot for the 19×5 meters Mini-Market Project, which now caters to traders in their community.

Also in photo is RD Rebecca P. Geamala


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Did you know

Did you know that this jackstone type coastal project protects sand erosion in the shoreline of Mararison, Culasi, Antique?




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Community volunteer Jose Toriaga

Community volunteer Jose Toriaga designed the river wall project in Barangay Baybay, Tanghalan, Aklan.

As chair of the Project Implementation Team in the Cycle 1 and 2, his contributions in the effectiveness and completion of the sub-project is crucial.

His efficiency in his role contributed to the completion of the project ahead of the target period.

His innovation, using mixed cement and bagging it protect the community from flooding. Bags of mixed cement and aggregates were piled along the river bank.


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