DSWD3 to scour CL of poorest families

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Central Luzon social welfare officials will start their saturation drive in a last ditch effort to locate poorest families in the region as the target balloons to 1.4 million beneficiaries in the second round of the households assessment project.

Department of Social Welfare and Development 3 (DSWD3) Public Information Office chief Evelyn Manalo said more than 4,000 personnel will be deployed to different rural areas in the region to locate poor families and enroll them with the government’s conditional cash transfer program.

“We’re going to mobilize more than 4,000 personnel and saturate areas which are difficult to be reached by land or seas to look for poor families,” Manalo told CL Daily over the phone adding that DSWD3 is currently hiring additional employees to join with the special project.

Manalo said positions to be filled-up include area supervisors, area coordinators, enumerators, data encoder and verifier.

Interested applicants, Manalo said, are advised to visit local social welfare and development offices throughout the region and submit their resume to the DSWD regional office or to the Social Welfare and Development Team in the provinces on or before July 26.

Meanwhile, DSWD regional director Adelina Apostol said the households assessment project is part of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) program of the government.

NHTS-PR is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. It uses the Proxy Means Test (PMT) in the selection of beneficiaries for social welfare programs and services.

The PMT is a statistical model that estimates household income using proxy variables included in the household assessment form (HAF).

Some of the variables used in the PMT are family composition, education of household members, housing conditions, and access to basic services.

These variables were sourced out from the Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) and Labor Force Survey (LFS) of the National Statistics Office.

A household whose economic condition falls on or below the poverty line would qualify for the specific programs and services of DSWD such as the Pantawid Pamilya, Social Pension, and Sustainable Livelihood. – Jess Malabanan