DSWD announces second cycle of Household Assessment

For four consecutive years, the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development DSWD has been trusted in providing complete, accurate, and reliable data to all its stakeholders in rendering services for the poor and the needy. The number of data users keeps on rising as they recognize the profound integrity of its database in identifying who and where the poor, who are potential beneficiaries of social protection programs that may lead them to an improved quality of life.

In Ilocos Norte, there are five municipalities with existing Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department such as Dumalneg, Bangui, Nueva Era, Pinili, and Marcos. Meanwhile, there are also six municipalities in Ilocos Sur to include Cervantes, San Vicente, Santa Cruz, Sugpon, Tagudin, and Alilem which currently utilizing the NHTS-PR database. Three municipalities in La Union such as Agoo, Bangar, and Pugo and five in Pangasinan namely Asingan, Bugallon, Laoac, Manaoag, and Urbiztondo are also among the data users.

The Provincial Governments of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and La Union are still supporting the utilization of the database up to now through a MOA by the Provincial Governors.

All these years, more data users are encouraged to enter into a MOA with DSWD for them to have a focused and efficient targeting of potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services.

On its second cycle of household assessment this coming September, NHTS-PR ensures that the identified poor will benefit from social protection programs. Coupled with this commitment is a new brand and logo of the project, called Listahanan which will be launched in October.

Colony Arises

 “Thousands of work forces to include Area Coordinators, Area Supervisors, Enumerators, and Encoders/Verifiers are needed to conduct the household assessment in over 900,000 households (HHs) in the entire Region 1”, said Regional Field Coordinator Joan M. Nuesca. Saturation approach will be employed in collecting needed data for all rural barangays while pockets of poverty will be identified for urban barangays, she further added.

All of the hired Field Support Staff will be deployed in all the barangays in the four provinces (Ilocos Norte-111,464 HHs, Ilocos Sur-138,769 HHs, La Union-143,262 HHs and Pangasinan-535,138 HHs) to conduct household assessment. Prior to their deployment, they will undergo intense training for necessary data collection skills in the field.

With these plenty of households to be assessed, all field support staff only carry with them Household Assessment Forms (HAF) which now have 41 observable variables to estimate a household’s income as against the provincial poverty threshold to classify them as poor or non-poor after the Proxy Means Test (PMT) run.

Trek for the Poor    

Once deployed, mountainous terrains, winding, rocky and rough roads, risky bridges over deep rivers and the scorching heat of the sun are along the way to reach the most remote and depressed areas of the region just to conduct household assessment.

Reaching a household located in a far flung area means bringing hope as they will get close to the government and helping them realize that they are still part of a growing community.

Visits to distant barangays are opportunities to meet the poor and able to see with the naked eye their present situation and this could be the start of something new for them when they become part of the NHTS-PR database.

By Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant V, NHTS-PR

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Microenterprise builders rise in Santiago Island, Bolinao, Pangasinan – DSWD

Bolinao, Pangasinan – ‘Cash grants recipients’ turned  microentrepreneurs in this tourist destination town famous with its ivory-sand coastline,  coral cave formations, and  ‘danggit’ production.

 In Santiago Island,  the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD Field Office 1 paved the way to further their product development strategies and increase market linkage, thus encouraged higher income among 390 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who were  provided with capital assistance (Php 5,000.00 each) over the last three years.

 From Cash Grant recipients to Cash Builders

 Rochelle Pardon, a 35 year-old mother of 5 children is earning at least Php 920.00 for  10.5 kilos of ‘danggit’ produced in a day. This is  sold at Php 280.00 per kilo or  Php 2,940.00 as her gross sales. The production cost include  Php 1,650.00 for the 30-kilo fresh ‘Barangen’ and Php 370.00 labor cost for cleaning, salting and deboning.

 On shellcraft, Nory Lalaguna, 49 year-old mother of 8 children is earning an average of Php 500.00 a week for shellcraft making (necklaces, curtains, novelty items). Recently, she produced 500 pieces of necklace bought at Php 15.00 each by the Department of Tourism.

 Capital assistance  grantees now  organized

 A bigger group of ‘danggit’ producers composed of 20 Self Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Association and   1 SEA-K group were organized as Santiago Island SEA-K Workers Association of Bolinao (SISWAB).

 The SISWAB has collected Php 34,000.00 as share capital and membership fee from its member-associations. This will serve as revolving capital upon the establishment of the Sheltered Processing of ‘danggit’ at Barangay Goyoden, Bolinao.

 With this federation, the group of ‘danggit’ makers among Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are also awaiting for more government agencies services and intervention tapped by  DSWD.

 Government Agencies Services to Unload

 The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources   (BFAR) will initiate a capability training to ‘danggit’ producers for faster production  and more enticing product packaging.  Also, additional skills training on fish processing for standard salting, drying and storage using the appropriate technology are already scheduled.

 With the Department of Trade and Industry, participation to trade fairs will give the product a bundle of opportunity to penetrate wider and more stable market.

 The group will also be registered with DOLE for them to access needed equipment or raw materials for greater production.

 Furthermore, the DOST will provide assistance on packaging and labeling for the overall appearance of the product, hence, maintaining its good quality over a period of time. (Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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82, 701 Day Care Children in Region 1 to Receive Supplementary Feeding Program

SFPOn its third (3rd) year of implementation,  the Supplementary Feeding Program of DSWD starts with  Php 129,013,560 overall  funding for 82,701 Day Care Children in Region 1.

 As to funds allocation share,  Pangasinan has Php 66,443,784; Ilocos Sur, Php 26,793,480; Ilocos Norte, Php 20,242,820; and La Union, 20,070,960.00.

 For 120 days, the  provision of one additional ‘hot meal’ is expected to showcase vegetable viands which will be prepared by organized Day Care Service Parents group in all Day Care Centers. This component of the Feeding Program encourages more  children to eat delicious vegetable viands and minimize if not eliminate ‘junk foods’ served to children during recess.

 Recently, the awarding of checks to the implementing Local Government Units  was done in the four provinces of Region 1. Monitoring a rigorous financial transparency on its implementation was emphasized by OIC Assistant Regional Director for Administration Nora D. De la Paz. Hence, the  submission of on-time liquidation reports from implementing LGUs is strictly observed.

 “The Supplementary Feeding Program is expected to improve the health status of children from being malnourished to normal health status and improve parenting role performance  among the  organized parents who will be hands-on in the preparation of  ‘hot meals’ and  attend Parents Effectiveness Sessions,” De la Paz further  mentioned.  (Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)

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DSWD invites more NHTS-PR data users

Top: Regional Focal Person Cristina A. Dacanay synthesizes all the discussions and answers the queries of the MPDCs while the Regional Deputy Project Manager Anniely J. Ferrer discusses the project’s background. Below: Regional Information Technology Officer Aristedeo V. Tinol demonstrates the database online access while the Regional Associate Statistician Glynnis S. Casuga presents the statistical data of the project.

Top: Regional Focal Person Cristina A. Dacanay synthesizes all the discussions and answers the queries of the MPDCs while the Regional Deputy Project Manager Anniely J. Ferrer discusses the project’s background. Below: Regional Information Technology Officer Aristedeo V. Tinol demonstrates the database online access while the Regional Associate Statistician Glynnis S. Casuga presents the statistical data of the project.

The database of poor households of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is now readily available for the utilization of data users.

This is for the National Government Agencies (NGAs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), private organizations and other groups to have a more efficient, faster, and focused targeting of potential beneficiaries of their different social protection programs as being mandated by Executive Order 867.

It is the reason why the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) of the DSWD Field Office 1 keeps on soliciting the support of different organizations in the whole region to utilize the NHTS-PR database and eventually say “yes” and enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DSWD.

Through the conduct of Consultation Dialogues with all the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCs) in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur held recently, the importance of the NHTS-PR database, data sharing and utilization guidelines, and statistical data were rigidly presented. Online access to the database was also accurately demonstrated.

Disagree to Agree

MPDCs are considered to be the databank of the municipality they belong that is why the NHTS-PR database is beneficial to them for easier identification of their potential beneficiaries of their social protection services in their own locality according to the Provincial Social Welfare Officer of Ilocos Norte Lilian Celia Rin. She further added that NHTS-PR database is a helpful tool in planning social protection programs and services to be implemented. But entering into a MOA is a big question to them.

The Regional Field Coordinator Joan M. Nuesca explained that sets of data being requested by data users are indicated and specified in the MOA. From this, the NHTU will have a basis in monitoring and making sure that the appropriate social protection services were properly delivered to their target poor households, she further added.

Sets of data in the database are considered to be confidential in nature because aside from statistics, names and other details of poor households are specified.

Despite of gray areas regarding entering into a MOA, MPDCs were enlightened after the guidelines of data sharing were clearly articulated.

Partnership Starts

The NHTU looks forward for more MPDCs to enter into MOA thru their Municipal Mayor and eventually become one of the data users of NHTS-PR.

The interest of the MPDCs to utilize the soonest possible time is implied by their eagerness to access the database and they even tend to refuse in entering into a MOA but it is the requirement of the Department.

In just one strike of a pen, many poor households will receive social protection services that may lead to the upliftment of their quality of life. (By Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Administrative Assistant V, NHTS-PR)

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DSWD-FO1 highlights functions in Simultaneous Nationwide Earthquake Drill

DSWD highlights its role in establishing functional community kitchen to evacuees and camp management desk  during the simulatneous Earthquake Drill held  in San Manuel, Pangasinan recently.

DSWD highlights its role in establishing functional community kitchen to evacuees and camp management desk during the simulatneous Earthquake Drill held in San Manuel, Pangasinan recently.

Led by the National/Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (N/RDRRMC), the DSWD-Field Office 1 headed by Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, took part in the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill held in Brgy. San Vicente, San Manuel, Pangasinan recently.

The activity gave emphasis in the implementation of all thematic areas in ensuring a safer, adaptive and disaster resilient communities in times of earthquake or any  inevitable catastrophic events.

With very important role, DSWD highlighted an established functional community kitchen, having fed 629 evacuees, as well as camp  management desk during the drill. Likewise, trained Social Workers provided Psycho Social Support Processing to the evacuees.

The RDRRMC sets down the expected outcomes, key activities/indicators and lead agencies implementing partners under mutually reinforcing thematic areas.

The said drill was held in partnership with various National Government Agencies, LGUs and other partners such as PhilVolcs, San Roque Dam Corporation and the LGUs of San Manuel, Tayug and San Fabian, Pangasinan. (by: Allan O. Lulu / Information Officer II, Pantawid Pamilya)

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