Butuan City- The Listahanan project’s regional management of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Caraga would like to clarify to the public about the arising issues on the delayed salary of the hired field workers assigned in the rural areas for the second round family assessment.

Regional Field Coordinator Aldie May Andoy bared that all the field staff were informed and oriented, through their  area supervisors and area coordinators, that the last salary of the rural areas-assigned staff will be held by the regional office for the purpose of clearing outputs.

The clearing process involves the careful reviewing and encoding of the FAFs. These are done by the hired encoders, verifiers, and technical persons of the Listahanan project.

“They were given assurance that their last salaries as field staff for the rural areas will be distributed after the encoding of the family assessment forms (FAFs),” said Andoy.

“Their last salaries cover their service on June 10-20, 2015,” she added.

It is to be remembered that the second round assessment of the rural areas started on May 11, 2015 and culminated in the last week of June.

The regional management also wanted the public to know that these hired workers are compensated based on their outputs or the filled-out FAFs after their saturation/immersion in their assigned areas.

“We are ensuring at the regional level that all the outputs of our field workers will be verified and validated as we are aiming for quality data, worth-sharing to our partners,” Listahanan regional focal person Fe Balason disclosed.

Balason added that nobody was exempted in this action done by the regional management. She further stated that the funds are readily available to be disbursed, should the clearing be done.

“We have assured our field staff that the regional workforce are doubling time to fast track the clearing process so that the last salaries of the field staff will  be given before the month ends,” said Balason.

Regional Director Minda Brigoli has expressed her appreciation and gratefulness to the field workers for their extraordinary efforts in the successful assessment of families in the rural areas.

“My warmest felicitations and thanks to everyone who significantly contributed in the assessment, most especially to the field workers who despite the limitations were able to deliver their functions,” stated Brigoli.

As of reporting time, 468, 873 families or 94.84% of the 494, 372 regional target, both from rural and urban areas are already assessed through the Listahanan project in Caraga. The assessment in the urban areas is expected to culminate on August 8,2015  ### (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga)