Butuan City- Nine hundred twenty-six (926) field workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga are now facilitating the assessment of the well-being of the 181, 846 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program partner-beneficiaries in the region by using the Social Welfare and Development Indicator (SWDI) baseline tool.

The assessment has already started on August 1, 2015 and is targeted to end in October. The Convergence Municipal/City Action Teams (C/MATs) composed of city/municipal links of the Pantawid Pamilya, project development officers of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), and area coordinating teams (ACTs) of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program were mobilized by the Department for the SWDI administration.

This assessment is conducted by DSWD to measure the level of well-being of the partner-beneficiaries after various government and non-government agencies converged to provide significant development interventions in their families and communities.

Pantawid Pamilya OIC-Regional Program Coordinator Analiza Navia also disclosed that since the tool used has specific indicators, the results of the assessment will be the baseline for necessary and appropriate interventions of different agencies for the families of these  partner-beneficiaries.

“Economic sufficiency and social adequacy are two major indicators of the SWDI tool. The former includes employable skills, employment, income, and social security and access to financial institutions while the latter considers health, housing and other living conditions, educational skills of household members, role performance of members, and family awareness of relevant social issues.” said Navia.

In the assessment, the field staff uses the SWDI forms to interview the respondent who is the grantee or if not available, the adult family member (head or spouse). Ideally, the interviews are conducted when all the family members are present.

Navia added that orientation for partner-beneficiaries is done prior the SWDI administration. “They were already advised that all the family members must be present during the interview,” she said.

She further clarified that no data/information collected through the activity can be used for taxation purposes.

Encoding of the filled-out SWDI forms will run from September-November 2015. One-hundred forty-four (144) encoders will be hired who will be placed in different stations namely Butuan City, Patin-ay in Agusan del Sur, Tandag City, San Jose in PDI, Dapa in Surigao del Norte, and Surigao City.

The regional office has also organized a regional monitoring team composed of the organic staff of the DSWD-Caraga. These workers will ensure the quality control of the data to be generated from the assessment.

It is expected that before the year ends, the Department will be able to determine, through the SWDI administration, if the Pantawid Pamilya families are in the survival, subsistence, or self-sufficient levels of well-being. ###(Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga)

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