By Roi Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-7) in the region will conduct another round of assessment of poor families in the province this year.
DSWD-7 Planning Officer Anthony Arsenal says their aim is to reach families in every sitio and barangay in rural municipalities in the province. He also adds that around 1,000 coordinators were hired to perform the assessment which will identify families who will become potential beneficiaries of the department’s social protection program.
The training for these coordinators will start by April and May. After that, they will be sent to their place of assignment to start the assessment.
For urban areas, DSWD coordinators will go to communities with high poverty concentration.
“I invite those poor families to participate (the assessment) or ask their local social welfare officer on the schedule of the assessment in their area,” Arsenal said.
In 2012, Negros Oriental has registered 45.3% poverty incidence. This is equivalent to 314, 659 poor families. But calamities like the earthquake and strong typhoons have some affected the poverty incidence of the province.
The second round of assessment will help the department improve their database on poor households in Negros Oriental.
Arsenal hopes that heads of families will be more cooperative during the second round of assessment.
He notes that in the previous assessment, coordinators failed to interview heads of families in rural areas because they are out of their houses tending to their work in rice fields or somewhere far from their homes while others refuse to be interviewed by the coordinator.
These are just some of the factors why some families are not covered by DSWD’s social protection programs.
Aside from this, DSWD Provincial Link in Negros Oriental Asela Bella Tse adds that in Mabinay town, DSWD officials had to sit and talk with tribal leaders to inform them on the government’s programs so they can convince their constituents to be covered by the program.
Because of this, they were able to include more than 700 families in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
DSWD’s other social protection programs include the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI-CIDSS-NCDDP) and Sustainable Livelihood program.
Meanwhile, Tse once again clarifies that politicians cannot use 4Ps for their personal advantage especially since election season is coming.
Tse reveals that DSWD will launch an Anti-Epal Campaign in Negros Oriental to make 4Ps beneficiaries vigilant against politicians who will use 4Ps for their personal gain during the elections.
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program has just reached its sixth year implementation in the province. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-NegOr/This article was first published at PIA Website on Feb. 25, 2015)