By Minerva Newman
CEBU CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Field Office 7 targets 1,068,708 poor households in Central Visayas for inclusion in the 16.1 million households nationwide for the third round of Listing (Listahanan 3) of poor beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program (4Ps) for 2020-2024.
DSWD-7 4Ps regional field coordinator Joan Florabel Felicio said that the 4Ps has been institutionalized as the government’s flagship poverty reduction program under RA-11310 approved in April 2019.
“As of March 2019, the program covers 41,552 barangays in all 145 cities and 1,483 municipalities in 80 provinces nationwide,” Felicio said.
According to Hilton John Edrial, Listahanan regional coordinator of DSWD-7, the survey/listing for the Listahanan 3 of 4Ps beneficiaries starts on October 21, 2019 and runs until January 2020.
“We hired 1,484 enumerators to conduct the survey coverage of 1,068,708 poor households in the region,” Edrial told the Manila Bulletin.
Edrial added that through Executive Order-867, DSWD has been mandated to adopt a system as the standard mechanism to accurately identify the poor households which are potential recipients of the social protection program in the country thus, the Listahanan1, 2, and 3 and this system shall be maintained and updated every four years.
The 1st Listahanan was conducted in 2009 which covered 10.9 million households nationwide and out of this number, 5.2 million were identified as poor while the 2nd Listahanan was conducted in 2015 that covered 15.1 households of which 5.1 million were identified as poor, Edrial said.
For Central Visayas alone as of September 2019, DSWD-7 has covered 256,000 4Ps beneficiaries from the target of 1,016,269 poor households based on the 2nd round of listing (Listahanan 2) of poor families in the region, Edrial added.
“Based on our 4Ps monitoring of the compliance of the program’s conditions, Central Visayas has achieved compliance rate of 97 percent for education, 98 percent for health, and 96 percent for family development sessions covering June-July 2019,” said Viczon Pangan, DSWD-7 4Ps regional monitoring/evaluation officer.
According to Pangan, since the inception of 4Ps in 2008, the program has been described as one of the major factors in the reduction of poverty and increase in income among the poor families in Central Visayas and nationwide.
Pangan said that based on the NEDA socio-economic report of 2017, it described the 4Ps as the most comprehensive program that addressed poverty and must be “sustained and even enhanced”.
The World Bank, in its 2018 assessment poverty report, said that the government’s social programs contributed about 25 percent in the reduction of poverty incidence in the country between 2006 and 2015, Pangan said.
Based on the two impact studies done in 2012 and 2014, Pangan told the Manila Bulletin that the program has broken the intergenerational cycle of poverty and has resulted in the positive impacts on education, and health of children and pregnant women in the country.
“Since 2015, the program has paved the way for almost one million children-beneficiaries to complete high school and more than 30,000 to graduate from college,” Pangan added.
Recently, DSWD-7 has forged memoranda of agreements with several regional and local government agencies as to the uses of data and information under Listahanan 1 and 2 as basis for their policies and plans as far as identifying poor families as recipients of the government’s various poverty reduction programs.