Cordillera Administrative Region– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here has encouraged the public to participate in the validation phase of the  2nd round of household assessment to be conducted by the Listahanan, or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

“We are now verifying the encoded assessment forms thus we are encouraging everybody to take part in this process to ensure accuracy of the Listahanan data,” DSWD-CAR Dir. Janet P. Armas said.

The validation phase is the stage in the 2nd round of household assessment in which the initial result is released to the public. Through this phase, the grievances such as comments or queries regarding the result are being entertained by the Listahanan. This also gives the opportunity for the households not assessed to request for on-demand application. After this phase, the data/ result is being run in the Proxy Means Test (PMT).

PMT is the statistical model used by the DSWD’s Listahanan to determine if a household is poor or non-poor based on verifiable and observable variables ask in the assessment forms. The Listahanan database is used by the national government agencies particularly the DSWD in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services.

The latest record of the Listahanan reports 89.19% or 217, 780 encoded family assessment forms (FAF) out of the overall target 244,181 households in the region from the latest Population Census (2010).

However, Dir. Armas said that the data will still increase due to callbacks of Listahanan enumerators to conduct the assessment to reported households without respondents during the visit of the staffs.

Dir. Armas assured that those households that were not assessed due to unavailability of respondents at the time of assessment will still have opportunity on the validation phase of the assessment.

The said data do not include the Baguio City assessment result since the city government has already done with their assessment last year which was funded by the Bottom Up budgeting of the city government.# DSWD-CAR, Social Marketing Unit, Kaye Ann O. Mapalo

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