The Baguio City local government unit (LGU) will conduct family assessment in the city through Listahanan, also known as National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), while the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP) will fund the skills enhancement of the field staff.

Through the GPBP, the City Government of Baguio hasproposed the funding amounting to Php 4,461,538.50 in addition to the city government’s funding amounting to Php 1,338,461.50. This will make this joint undertaking of the Baguio City LGU and DSWD Field Office Cordillera Administrative Region to have a total project cost of Php 5,800,000.00.

Formerly called Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB), the GPBP is an approach inpreparing the budget proposal of agencies, taking into consideration the development needs of cities or municipalities as identified in their respective local poverty reduction action plans.

The project will provide the youth from indigent families in Baguio City comprehensive skills training under the DSWD Listahanan for their employment as administrative assistants, area supervisors, enumerators, encoders, and verifiers for the conduct of family assessment in Baguio City, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan shared.

The skills the youth would gain could be used for future employment from agencies conducting assessments, surveys or researches, Fangasan added.

By utilizing the Listahanan framework in the assessment, we will determine who the poor are as well as their social conditions. The family assessment will also produce an updated socio-economic profile of the 129 barangays of Baguio City which will then be used for evidenced-based planning and programming for poverty reduction programs and services,Fangasan further identified as one of the objectives of the project.

Around 78,313 households from all the barangays of Baguio City are targeted to be covered in the upcoming family assessment which is slated this October to November 2014. The CSWDO has already employed two administrative officers, 12 area supervisors, 109 enumerators, 22 encoders, and 22 verifiers.DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Kaye Ann O. Mapalo

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