The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through the National Household Targeting Office (NHTO), has officially opened data sharing partnerships to enable stakeholders to access Listahanan 3, a database of poor households in the country.
The 3rd National Household Targeting System or Listahanan 3, which was officially launched on Wednesday, November 23, identified 5,599,091 poor households across the country.
These poor households are those who are recommended to receive appropriate programs or services from the government and other development organizations.
However, they are not automatically qualified as beneficiaries, as they still have to be assessed against the criteria of the respective program.
Listahanan is an information system to identify who and where poor households are across the country, which can be used as a basis for targeting beneficiaries of social protection programs.
The DSWD began updating the third round of the National Household Assessment in 2019, in accordance with Executive Order Series No. 867 of 2010.
For the third cycle, the NHTO conducted the assessment of 15,487,655 households nationwide.
The DSWD pointed out that all rural households were assessed and that households in urban poverty pockets were included.
He said Listahanan 3 provides other important information that may be useful to developers and program implementers.
According to the assessment, 36 out of 100 Filipino households are poor.
In addition, 5.5 percent of poor farmers in the country are elderly, while five out of 10 indigenous or IP households are poor.
“With the validation of the Listahanan 3 poverty database, the department has now deemed it ready to be shared with other national government agencies, local government units and other organizations/stakeholders that implement social protection programs and services,” DSWD said.
He expressed the hope that through the data from Listahanan 3, the resources and funds of the government and other organizations will be spent to help the rightful beneficiaries, which will ultimately lead to the betterment of their lives.
In order to protect the household information on the list and in accordance with data protection law, DSWD ensures that it only provides access to the database based on strict data sharing guidelines and through formal partnerships.
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