DSWD Listahanan recognized as a critical government service
Quezon City. The Inter-Agency Task Force For The Management Of Emerging Infectious Diseases has recently issued Resolution No. 65 Series of 2020 last 20 August 2020, recognizing the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or the Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development as a critical government service.
In the regular press briefing of the Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, he reiterated that Listahanan surveyors, enumerators, and/or supervisors of the DSWD Regional Offices are considered authorized persons outside of residence or APOR and are allowed to travel inter-zonal and intrazonal in such mode and/or manner as may be available especially in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. In the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, “gatherings and activities to be conducted for the provision of critical government services will be allowed while adhering to the prescribed minimum health standards”. The IATF Resolution provides policy support for the Project to continue its activities during the pandemic, while ensuring the safety and health of its personnel.
Listahanan resumed its operations last June 2020 to complete its 3rd round of nationwide household assessment that were temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. Once the collected Household Assessment Forms have been encoded, duly verified, and processed through the proxy means test, the initial list of poor households will be generated. During the Validation Phase, scheduled this 2nd Semester of the year, the initial list shall be posted in the conspicuous places in the barangays to give the residents the opportunity to review and confirm the information reflected in the list. Grievances may be filed through the community desk or online via the Listahanan website on scheduled dates as identified by the DSWD – Field Offices.
As of 3 September 2020, 88% of the target 16.1 million households has already been assessed.