NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development-7 (DSWD) through the ‘Listahanan’ is set to conduct a training for its validation and finalization phase on October 12 to 13 in the provinces of Negros Oriental and Siquijor.
DSWD7 information officer Kerwin Macopia said Listahanan, formerly known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), has undertaken a nationwide assessment to identify the families who will become potential beneficiaries from social protection programs and services of the national government such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
A Local Verification Committee (LVC) will be formed in each city and municipality to act on complaints and grievances received from the community.
For Bohol province, the training is scheduled on October 5 to 8, Cebu on October 9 to 10, and Siquijor on October 15 to 16.
The final list of Listahanan-identified poor families will be established after the validation and finalization phase.
“After we conducted the regular household assessment for the past months, we will now post the initial list of identified poor households in all barangay halls in the region,” said Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat.
Through this activity, the people in the community will be able to scrutinize and review the list and ensure transparency on the result of the assessment, Jabagat added.
“We will again hire area supervisors to help us implement in the validation phase,” Jabagat divulged.
The LVC’s compostion include the City/Municipal Mayor, City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (C/MSWDO), City/Municipal Planning and Development Officer (C/MPDO) and two other representatives appointed by the local chief executive.
Macopia said the types of complaints or grievances that can be filed during validation include poor household excluded in the list may be not interviewed during the regular assessment, or a household should not be in the list of poor; has incorrect information among others.
The area supervisor assigned in the particular LGUs will receive complaints in designated areas, said Macopia.
The complainant is required to submit a barangay certification attesting residency and, if possible, any documents supporting the complaint.
The area supervisor will consolidate the complaints for submission to LVC for deliberation.
“We encourage everyone to participate in this undertaking and be vigilant in reviewing the list so that we will have accurate and reliable data of poor families,” Jabagat stated.
The LVC members and the hired area supervisors will be trained on the Listahanan second round of household assessment validation and finalization phase before the conduct of the validation.
Macopia said the final list of Listahanan identified-poor families will be established after the validation and finalization phase. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Oct. 8, 2015)