48,999 poor households in Region 1 to benefit from Unconditional Cash Transfer Program

DSWD Field Office 1 employees exerts additional effort in locating and validating the targeted poor households of UCT who transferred within the City/Municipalities of Region 1. (photo by DSWD FO 1)

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – A press release from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) today, August 30, says that the Listahanan is preparing for the upcoming notification activity of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program. A total of 48,999 households in Region 1 will be notified through home visits starting next month as beneficiaries of the UCT Program.

The Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) for Poverty Reduction is an information management system maintained by the DSWD that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs.

The UCT refers to the social welfare benefit under the TRAIN law that provides cash support to qualified poor households in the amount of PhP200.00 per month in 2018; and PhP300.00 per month in 2019 and 2020.

The 48,999 household beneficiaries to be notified are broken down by province as follows: 3,752 households are from the Province of Ilocos Norte; 3,954 from Ilocos Sur; 5,984 from La Union; and 35,309 households from the Province of Pangasinan. The UCT beneficiaries were validated from the 76,103 poor households of 2015 Listahanan list.

According to the report of the NHTS Regional Information Technology Officer Aristedeo V. Tinol, over 7,000 households were not validated for the following reasons: the households were already beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the households could not be located, there was nobody home during the validation activity, the households did not have qualified members, the households refused to be interviewed, or the households transferred to another Region.

In an interview, DSWD FO 1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo said that all the funds for UCT grants are lodged with the Land Bank of the Philippines. Prior to the implementation of the UCT payout, DSWD FO 1 officials had a meeting with the Land Bank Managers regarding the different payment methods available and suitable for all the UCT beneficiaries. (TNM/DSWD FO 1)