An elderly resident can be seen being interviewed by a Listahanan validator for the poor households assessment. (Photo courtesy of DSWD MIMAROPA)

The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) is set to conduct a new household assessment in the five MIMAROPA provinces to measure poverty indicators in the region.

Under its Listahanan program, the DSWD said it will assess 622,230 households in the MIMAROPA to update its database of poor families.

In a statement, regional coordinator Ernie Jarabejo said in the 2015 household assessment regionwide, 221,324 or 37.9 percent of the 584,562 households assessed are identified poor.

“For this Listahanan 3rd round assessment or L3, we have 186,616 target households in Oriental Mindoro; 95,122 in Occidental Mindoro; 50,618 in Marinduque; 65,436 in Romblon; and 224,438 households in Palawan,” Jarabejo said in a statement Friday afternoon.

The household target per municipality is based on the results of the 2015 assessment and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) census of population.

However, target households may differ depending on the actual number of total households in a given area.

The L3 assessment is expected to kick off on the second semester of the year with 1,153 field staff to be deployed regionwide.

“Compared from the 2015 assessment, this 2019 assessment will no longer use the mobile mode of enumeration. All household assessment will be administered thru paper-and-pen,” Jarabejo added.

The initial proposed budget for this 3rd household assessment in the MIMAROPA region is P99 million.

“We are calling on the private and public institutions and individuals to join hands in this quadrennial activity particularly those living in rural and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in MIMAROPA,” Jarabejo said.

All beneficiaries of the DSWD programs Sustainable Livelihood, Social Pension, and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) are required to be interviewed.

Prior to the field staff deployment and household enumeration, Listahanan will hold a series of consultation-dialogue with national and local government units and various stakeholders including the media for orientation and to seek support for the 3rd round household assessment.

The Department also appeals to the public to give accurate information to ensure accuracy of assessment results.

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