Thursday, September 19, 2013

DSWD-5 launches the First Regional Profile of Poor Households in Sorsogon

Sorsogon LCEs receives Profile of Poor Households from DSWD
SORSOGON CITY, September 13 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office-5 launched its first Profile of Poor Households in the Province of Sorsogon on September 6, this year.

The launching aims to promote and provide better appreciation to the data utilization of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or the “Listahanan”.

The profile was the output of the 2009 enumeration in which 461,242 households in Bicol region were identified as poor. It contains statistical data about the actual scenarios of the poor households in the region which will serve as basis of different agencies and organizations in formulating programs and projects intended to the vulnerable and disadvantaged sector of the community.

The launching was highlighted by a simple turnover of the Regional Profile Booklet Replica by Regional Focal Person Mr. Don B. Abejuro Jr. to the Local Chief Executives and the distribution of the booklets to the respective LGU representatives.

“DSWD is politically and ideologically blind, with the “Listahanan”, we are assured that only the real poor benefits on the poverty reduction interventions of the department and other agencies/organizations which make use of our database,” said Mr. Abejuro in his message during the launching.

He also announced that the 2nd nationwide assessment will be conducted in the last quarter of this year. “Once again we will ask your full support for the 2nd round of assessment in finding WHO and WHERE the poor are in Bicol region,” he said.

The provincial launching forms part of the department’s Programs Orientation to Local Chief Executives which aims to strengthen information and partnership with the stakeholders.  It likewise encourages LGU partners in the effective implementation of the social services being carried out in their respective areas.

In attendance were DSWD representatives Ms. Malou Palacio, Regional Convergence Coordinator, Regional Focal Person Mr. Don B. Abejuro Jr. & other technical staff from different programs, Local Chief Executives, Provincial/City/Municipal Social Welfare and Municipal Planning & Development Officers of the 14 municipalities and one city of Sorsogon.

An open forum was done at the end of the activity where issues and concerns were entertained and clarified.

Meanwhile, similar activities will also be conducted this month in the provinces of Camarines Sur and Catanduanes. (BARecebido, PIA-5/Sorsogon/CRBarrameda, DSWD)

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