|PROSPERIDAD, AGUSAN DEL SUR- Carrying out the mandate to help its poor constituents, the Provincial Local Government Unit of Agusan del Sur under the leadership of Governor Adolph Edward G. Plaza officially obtained the list of poor households from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga through the National Household Targeting Section (NHTS).
This was after the successful turn-over of the datasets by Regional Field Coordinator Aldie Mae A. Andoy and Regional Information Technology Officer Raffy R. Pocon to Provincial Administrator Ronulfo R. Paler and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Razel Montemor on August 24, 2018.
The said database was the result of the second household assessment conducted by the Department in 2015. It contains demographic and socio-economic status of the identified poor households which is highly significant to easily target the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged sectors in the region.
According to Paler, the datasets are timely in achieving their goal and ambition to eradicate 10% of the poverty incidence in the province.
“With the official list of poor households, it is easier for us to direct our interventions to the poor especially that we have various programs and services intended to help our constituents who are in need,’’ he added.
The datasets were given to AgSur after complying all the requirements set by the NHTS in accordance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 which includes request letter, resolution authorizing the governor to enter into Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the department, among others.
To date, the NHTS is working with all provincial governments, National Government Agencies, and other partner-stakeholders in identifying potential beneficiaries for the implementation of social protection programs and services by using the Listahanan 2 database.
Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. It provides complete basic information on poor households who will become beneficiaries of the different anti-poverty programs and services of the Department. ###(ABEGAIL R. ALVAREZ/Social marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga)