DSWD CLARIFIES LIST IS NOT BASIS FOR 4PS INCLUSION

BAGUIO CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Cordillera Regional Office said the initial list of poor households in the “Listahanan”, or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty (NHTS-PR) is not the basis for inclusion in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the department.

DSWD-Cordillera Regional Director Janet P. Armas today, December 22, said the initial list is subject for validation and the identification of a household as one of the poor will not automatically mean the inclusion of the household in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program because the program has eligibility criteria.

To be eligible for the 4Ps, a household must be identified as poor by the Listahanan, has children 0-18 years old and (or) has a pregnant woman in the household at the time of assessment and agrees to meet conditions specified in the program.

Listahanan assessment shows that out of the 229,581 assessed households in the region, 28.6 percent or 65,720 households are poor.

In the assessment, Listahanan deployed area supervisors per municipality to be able to attend to complaints such as households that should not be included in the list of poor households; households claiming that they should be included in the list of poor households; incorrect data entered in the family assessment form and the initial list of poor households is incomplete and does not represent the actual number of poor households in the community. JOJO B. LAMARIA/PNA