The data gathering process for the poverty database is called the Household Assessment, which is undertaken in four-phase cycles:

Preparatory Phase – involves the identification of areas to be
assessed and the data collection strategy appropriate for areas

All provinces, municipalities, and cities are covered by the household
assessment. The assessment strategy for rural classified barangays
shall be saturation i.e. all households will be assessed. Meanwhile, in
urban barangays saturation in identified pockets of poverty will
be used.

Also included in this phase are updating of the Proxy Means Test (PMT)
model, enhancement of the Listahanan information technology
systems, hiring and training of field staff, and orientation of LGUs, and
other project partners on the implementation of the assessment.

Data Collection and Analysis Phase – conduct of home visits to
collect basic information of household members using the Household
Assessment Form (HAF). The data collected using the form is encoded
directly to the database using a data entry application.

Once the household information is encoded, the collected data is
endorsed for PMT processing where the household income is
estimated. The households are then classified as poor and non-poor,
applying the official provincial poverty threshold.

Validation and Finalization Phase – the initial list of poor households
is generated and posted in conspicuous places within the barangay for
the community to review. Households who were not visited during the
assessment are given the chance to appeal and be assessed.

Report Generation Phase – after the list of poor is finalized, the NHTO
produces the ‘profile of the poor” and disseminates this to NGAs, LGUs,
NGOs, and other social protection stakeholders.