The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) also known as Listahanan is now ready to share with its stakeholders the results of the Listahanan 2 or the second round of household assessment conducted in 2015. This is after the release of Memorandum Circular No. 12 s.2017 or the Data Sharing Guidelines of DSWD.
“Data protection is paramount with the availability of personal information as a result of the household assessment”, DSWD Assistant Secretary and Department Data Protection Officer Noel Macalalad said. He underscored that safety precautions have been worked out by the National Household Targeting Office to avoid possible data breaches and to uphold the rights of the poor who are data subjects of the Listahanan.
It can be recalled that data sharing of the Listahanan 2 has been put on hold to ensure its compliance with the provisions of Republic Act 10173 or the Data Privacy Act (DPA) of 2012. With this, the DSWD has partnered with the National Privacy Commission to craft data sharing guidelines for both internal and external data users. Included in the guidelines are requirements such as sufficient organizational, physical, and technical security measures that must prove the capability of the stakeholder to store and secure personal information.
DSWD-CAR OIC- Regional Director Janet P. Armas said partners who are interested to access the database are welcome and as in the previous Listahanan database must comply with data protection protocols. Armas, as the Regional Director, is also the Data Controller for the Listahanan data in the region.
Under new guidelines, social protection programs and services providers should also appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) whose primary concern is to protect the data and ensure compliance in utilizing the data, a Personal Information Processor, and a Personal Information Controller as stipulated in the draft memorandum of agreement required by the Data Privacy Act for sharing of personal information such as name, age, marital status, education, employment, and their socioeconomic information. However, only a letter is needed to request for the sharing of statistics generated from the Listahanan 2 database.
Data available for requests include statistics on poor households and their characteristics such as housing conditions and materials, access to basic government services, health and sanitation, and ownership of basic household assets. Also in the database are information on the number of sectors that includes poor children, youth, women, senior citizens, and indigenous peoples.
Inquiries regarding the Listahanan and the data sharing process may be directed to the DSWD Field Office Cordillera at 40 North Drive, Baguio City or through (074) 446-59-61. Memorandum Circular No. 12 s. 2017 or the guidelines in sharing the data generated from Listahanan 2 is also available at www.car.dswd.gov.ph. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Mark Erik King Guanzon