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