LAOAG CITY – A total of 165,235 poor households were identified in Region 1, this was bared by the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU)/Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO1) during the 2015 Listahanan launching of poor households held in Laoag City Auditorium, here recently.
In his presentation of the regional profile of the poor, DSWD-FO1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo bared that out of the 165,235 identified poor households, 12,116 are located in Ilocos Norte; 16,944 in Ilocos Sur; 22,595 in La Union; and 113,580 in Pangasinan.
Former Listahanan National Project Manager and now DSWD-NCR Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson explained the Proxy Means Test Model in identifying the poor and the improvements done in Listahanan data sharing in compliance with Republic Act 10173.
“Our task is not just to identify the poor but also to make sure that these data are used for planning and implementation of programs and services that address the needs of the poor,” Leyson said.
Meanwhile, Listahanan National Deputy Project Director/DSWD Policy and Plans Group Undersecretary Florita R. Villar emphasized in her speech that lessons learned from the 2009 Listahanan database inspired improvements in the 2015 Listahanan database.
Further, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee R. Marcos testified to the credibility of the Listahanan Database.
“Sa lahat ng sulok may mahirap kaya napaka-importante ng Listahanan. Sa probinsiya ng Ilocos Norte, kinareer namin ang Listahanan para siguraduhin na well targeted ang ating mga efforts laban sa kahirapan (In every corner, there are poor that is why in the Province of Ilocos Norte, we utilized Listahanan database to make sure that the efforts to eradicate poverty are well targeted),” Marcos said. (by Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)