Friday, January 24, 2014

16 LGUs in Bicol show support for DSWD's Listahanan

DSWD's Listahanan
DSWD's Listahanan
Sixteen local government units in the region inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 5, expressing support for the information management system dubbed as Listahanan.

Listahanan is the country’s database of poor households which makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs.

The provincial orientations conducted last December with the Local Chief Executives, P/C/Municipal Social Welfare Officer and P/C/Municipal Planning and Development Officer encouraged them enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the government agency.

They likewise expressed their support to the upcoming household assessment to be conducted this year.

The municipalities of Del Gallego, Garchitorena, Baao, Tinambac, Magarao, Milaor, Ocampo, Nabua, Ragay and Sagñay in Camarines Sur; San Lorenzo Ruiz in Camarines Norte; Bagamanoc in Catanduanes; Baleno and Palanas in Masbate; and Jovellar and Polangui in Albay were among the LGUs which requested the data.

The data sets will contain lists of poor households with their basic information such as names, dates of birth and addresses.

Such information will be used by the LGUs as a primary targeting mechanism in determining potential beneficiaries or recipients of the programs and services. This is to ensure that the benefits of their program go to those who are really in need.

Data monitoring

The Listahanan’s data is protected under a memorandum of agreement, which ensures that the data will be used only for its intended purposes.

A MOA is required if the information being requested includes the names of family or household members.

Also, as stipulated in the MOA, the data user must integrate Listahanan in all its social marketing activities highlighting or emphasizing the use of the targeting system in identifying the beneficiaries of its social protection programs and projects. Furthermore, the must provide regular feedback on the data utilization and resolution on complaints regarding the beneficiaries' eligibility. Lastly, the must ensure the confidentiality and use of requested data only for purposes agreed upon.

At present, DSWD 5 has a total of MOAs with various organizations that utilize the Listahanan's data. (C. R. Barrameda/DSWD)
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