Two (2) congressional districts, four (4) provinces (Aurora, Bataan, Pampanga and Zambales), five (5) cities, and 42 municipalities in Central Luzon signed recently a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III (DSWDFO III) for Listahanan.
The department shares report depending on the need of the users. These data are extracted from the database. As specified in the MOA, data users are allowed access to the data maintained under Listahanan and provide feedback on how they used the information and resolve appeals or complaints on beneficiary selection. The aspiring data users are to provide Sangguniang Bayan resolution.
Listahanan gives human face behind statistics. It gives various information to the stakeholders such as housing condition of poor households, highest educational attainment, access to basic facilities such as electricity, toilet and sanitary toilet, occupation and assets.
Report generation and data sharing are the last phase of the project cycle of Listahanan. Upon signing the MOA with DSWD, the official list of poor households is shared with data users. The data is made available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders in effectively implementing poverty alleviation programs and services.
Marilyn C. Tigas, Provincial Social Welfare Development Officer ofthe province of Bataan, one of the LGUs who submitted feedback report said that the Listahanan database has been their reference to appropriately provide social welfare interventions to Bataeños. The database is also considered in the issuance of certificate of indigency/eligibility for probable programs and services appropriate to their clients need. It is also their basis in providing medical and burial assistance. The 6,784 families being identified are candidate recipients on need-based programs, projects and activities of the Provincial Government of Bataan to uplift their standard of living, Tigas added.
“We have exceeded our target in less than five (5) months. This coming semester, we want to strengthen the data sharing and target more stakeholders especially Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Academe before the second round of household assessment,” Regional Director Adelina S. Apostol said.
Listahanan is an information management that identifies who and where the poor are. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services. # (Alexis Myer Delicano)