Butuan City – Twenty-five (25) Local Government Units (LGUs) forged data sharing with the Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) to utilize data from “Listahanan”.

The municipalities that entered into the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) are Marihatag, Las Nieves, Buenavista, Carmen, Nasipit, Remedios T. Romualdez, Sibagat, Talacogon, San Francisco, Veruela, Sta. Monica, Gigacuit, Mainit, Sison, Libjo, Loreto, San Jose, Bayabas, Cagwait, Cortes, San Miguel, Barobo, Bislig City, Lingig and Tagbina.

Mayor Alan A. Pelenio of Marihatag, Surigao del Sur, a first-time elected as municipal Mayor, appreciates Listahanan. “I believed that it is very helpful and easier for us to identify our beneficiaries for our programs and services,” Mayor Pelenio said.  He also expressed his support to the 2nd round household assessment.

As such, Regional Director Minda B. Brigoli is enthusiastic in sharing the data to the partners and stakeholders.  “Listahanan has a unique information data of Poor households that it can identify WHO and WHERE the poor are,” RD Brigoli said.

“I convey the general public to utilize the data for them to have a grasp in whole or in part the situation of the Poor in Caraga region. This document will be useful to technical experts for planning and similar purposes,” she added.

The data contained the list of the poor households with information about names, address, date of birth and age. Also, the household members’ highest educational attainment and occupation, features of the housing structure and access to basic services of facilities like water, electricity, and sanitary toilet, households’ ownership of assets, tenure status of housing, and difference in cost of living and social services or programs availed by these poor households are entered in the list.

The “Listahanan” data is protected under a MOA with corresponding Resolution authorizing the Chief/Head to enter into agreement which is to ensure that the data will be used only for its intended purposes. The recipient will also provide a feedback on data utilization and to ensure the confidentiality of the profile of the beneficiaries.

At present, DSWD Caraga has a total of 38 MOA with various organizations using Listahanan data.

Sec. Corazon Juliano-Soliman of DSWD encouraged the regional offices to continue lobbying the Listahanan database to the LGUs, NGAs, NGOs, CSOs, and Academe.  ### Social Marketing Unit/Maria Cecilia N. Sosas.