The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Listahanan, or National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), has organized its first ever GawadListahanan or the Data Utilization Award to recognize top Local Government Units (LGUs) for providing services and assistance to the Listahanan-identified poor families.

 Forty-seven (47) LGUs with Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DSWD for the use of the Listahanan database of poor households from February 2012 to June 2014are invited to join the said competition for the regional selection.

 One LGU will be chosen under the municipal, city, or provincial government category and will be invited to the National Data Utilization Awards which will be held on January 2015 during the celebration of the DSWD Anniversary.

 All finalists will be profiled through audio-visual presentations, which will be featured at the Awards Ceremony and at the Listahanan website and other social media sites.  Winning LGUs will also be featured in different Listahanan advocacy materials. Winners for each category will receive a plaque citing the highlights of their contribution and significance of their partnership with the Department and cash incentive of at least P50,000.00.

For the eligibility criteria,LGUs must have funded and implemented a social protection program that provides direct service/intervention to the Listahanan-identified poor, such as but not limited to Scholarships, Medical Assistance, and Skills/Livelihood Trainings, must be 100% compliant with the annual reportorial requirement of data sharing as stipulated in the agreement (submission of updated reports which includes the list of programs and their respective beneficiaries, who were identified using the database, and must have passed a Sanggunian Bayan/Panglungsod resolution/ordinance in support of the institutionalization of the Listahanan database as a reference for selection of beneficiaries for social protection programs and services.

 Deadline for application for the said competition is extended up to 26 September 2014. Interested LGUs may contact the National Household Targeting Unit at (074) 422-0589 / 444-3262 or visit the DSWD-CAR Field Officer at #40 North Drive, Baguio City. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Kaye Ann O. Mapalo

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