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DSWD 6 launches Listahanan database

download (3)The Department of Social Welfare and Development Region VI recently launched its database of poor households.

Dubbed Listahanan, also known as National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or NHTS-PR, the database is a comprehensive record of households that gives a name and a face to the poor.

The launching of the database, with the theme, “Tuloy ang Pagbabago,” was conducted at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center.

“We want to have a unified mechanism for targeting beneficiaries of social protection programs,” said Undersecretary Florita Villar of DSWD Central Office.

Villar said that this is the result of the second round of assessment. The house-to-house enumeration was done sometime in May to July last year.

The first round was  conducted in 2009.

Aside from the profile of poor households, important facts or demographics such as how many of the individuals in the identified poor households are children, senior citizens, out-of-school youths, employed or unemployed and how many of them belong to an indigenous or ethnic group can be generated through the database.

The said event was participated by representatives from LGUs in Western Visayas, National Government Agencies (NGAs) such as the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Population Commision  (POPCOM),  Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), State Universities and Colleges, Civil Society Organizations, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and media partners.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of the profile of the poor in western visayas.


106 LGUs, NGAs use database

Records of the regional office shows that 106 Local Government Units (LGUs) and NGAs have utilized the database of Listahanan.

“We are glad that many of the LGUs and organizations have used the database. Indeed, it is a strategic way of targeting beneficiaries because the resources are not wasted as they go to those who need the help most,” said Rebecca P. Geamala, regional director.

Geamala also called those who were present during the launching activity to access the latest database.

“With the updated database, we look forward to more data users. In the end, we want resources to go to those who need them most,” said Geamala.

Among current users of Listahanan are Philhealth, which uses the database in identification of indigent beneficiaries; Department of Health (DOH), in prioritizing health services; Cabatuan municipality, in selecting beneficiaries for provision of maintenance medicines for those with diabetes and hypertension./dswd6/MerryJezzelBrendia


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252, 584 households in Western Visayas are poor

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Listahanan program, has listed a total of 252, 584 poor households in Region 6.
This was presented during the Listahanan Launching which was held recently.

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Out of the 252, 584 households identified as poor in Western Visayas; 128,498 households are identified in Iloilo; 43,147 in Antique; 41, 764 in Capiz; 29,915 in Aklan; and 9,260 in Guimaras.
DSWD 6 regional director Rebecca P. Geamala said that the result of the 2015 National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) or the Listahanan program in the region will be the basis of the stakeholders for identifying the programs and services for the poor.
During the launching rite, Geamala revealed the regional profile of the poor in Western Visayas which contains the magnitude of the poor household by province; the magnitude of poor living in Urban and Rural Areas; by water sources, electricity and toilet facilities; poor individuals by sectors and by primary occupation.
Geamala said that these data will be given to other government line agencies, local government units (LGUs) as well as non-government organizations to help them come up with programs and services that can help the poor.
But she said a signed memorandum of agreement is needed to get the names and addresses of poor households./dswd6/Merry Jezzel Brendia


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From a plain housewife to being a cook

Caption: Fifty-year-old Mylieh Solidio Centina, a beneficiary of DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program, now has a permanent job as a cook

Caption: Fifty-year-old Mylieh Solidio Centina, a beneficiary of DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program, now has a permanent job as a cook

She was just like other married women. She stayed at home and attended to the needs of her husband and children. Her husband worked as a television technician with a daily income P300.
That was the life of Mylieh Solidio Centina, 50 years of age and a resident of Molo Iloilo City four years back.
With three children, life was hard for them. Her husband’s income was not enough to support their entire family.
But things have changed since Mylieh became a beneficiary of Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
SLP is a community-based capacity building program that increases the economic opportunities of the families through the different modalities that it offers such as skills training, seed capital fund, pre-employment assistance fund, and the cash for building livelihood assets.
Mylieh became a beneficiary of SLP in the year 2012. The said program has given her a three-month training on cooking and baking with the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
That paved the way for her to have a job as a cook at the DSWD regional office canteen.
At present, Mylieh is a permanent cook at the facility. Her children are also in school.
Her oldest child Hannibal, 18 years of age, is on his second year in college taking up Bachelor of Science in Criminology at University of Iloilo. Her middle child, Elizalde Jr, 17 years old, is a grade 11 in the same university. And her youngest child, Caren Grace Centina, 12 years old, is a grade 7 at the Iloilo City National High School.
“ I am thankful to the SLP because it has helped find a job and thus I was able to send my children to school. Also, because of SLP, my skills in cooking and baking was enhanced.”/dswd6/Janine T. Tupino

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Captivated by Social Pensioners’ smiles

Beyond receiving the amount of P500 monthly stipend to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens of Social Pension Program are the tangible smiles in the hearts of our beneficiaries which are incomparable, priceless and a beacon of hope and inspiration. socpen faces

Their smiles are the manifestation of how thankful they are of how they were appreciated and valued by the society. (Social Pensioners of Iloilo City and Antique 2016) /dswd6/HarrietteGildyThereseTYatar/FelixTGervacioJr

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5 agencies renew ‘partnership’ with DSWD-6

DSC_0439Five Non-Government Agencies received their Certificate of Registration and Registration Certificate and License to Operate after renewing their engagement to the Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 (DSWD-6) every three years.

During today’s flag raising ceremony, Regional Director Rebecca Geamala has personally handed in their certificates based on its category.

Among these organizations were Family Planning Organization of the Philippines, Inc. (FPOP), Taos-Puso Foundation, Inc., and Ulikid Parents Organizations, Inc. which are under the Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWDAs) and Signpost Philippines Inc. and Iloilo Children Welfare Foundation, Inc. under the Social Welfare Agencies (SWAs).

Geamala said SWADAs were being renewed for satisfactorily complying with the requirements to operate as a social welfare and development agency implementing Community Based Services for Children, Youth, Family and Community in accordance with Section 23, Republic Act 4373 “An Act to regulate the Practice of Social Work and the Operation of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines and for Other Purposes.

On the other hand, Geamala said SWAs were renewed and recognized for its effort in contributing to the upliftment of poor, vulnerable, disadvantaged sector of our society./dswd//MGC

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Reaching Senior Citizen beneficiaries in the farthest area of Region 6

The Regional Social Pension Unit of DSWD FO VI reached out the areas of Caluya, Antique to deliver monthly stipend of 406 beneficiaries for the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Leopoldo Andres , 78 years old of Brgy. Alegria, Sitio Bigo, Semirara, Caluya, Antique receives his stipend as support to his daily needs./dswd/felixtgervaciojr

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Children learn proper table manners

Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) children beneficiaries in Child Development Center in Iloilo Province are taught of proper table manners and hand washing./dswd6/Girl Ley S. Cabailo-Arroyo


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Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizen pay out in Caluya, Antique


Joy overflows as one of our beneficiary receives her monthly stipend amounting to P1,500 in Caluya, Antique with a total of 406 beneficiaries for the 2nd quarter of 2016./dswd6/HarrietteGildyThereseYatar

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