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Samar households to undergo National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (February 25) -- Some 141,585 households in Samar province will undergo the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.

This was bared by Regional Director Leticia Corillo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 08 in a meeting today, with social workers and Municipal Planning and Development Officers (MPDO's) from the LGUs today at Waling-Waling Inn, Catbalogan city.

Corillo said that the office needs to know who are the poor, non-poor and where they are.

She added though that the 'survey' does not necessarily mean an immediate poverty reduction.

"The NHTSPR is just the first step to this end," she explained.

She added that poverty reduction is a very long process and that not only the DSWD will be involved in the process.

The program is important to ensure that the limited resources of the different social protection agencies reach the poorest of the poor, according to Ms. Yvonne Abonales who presented the program.

It will also serve as a tool on increasing benefits that go to the poor within a fixed budget.

Another objective cited is to improve coordination among social protection agencies and to unify the criteria for the selection of the poorest population.

Although Samar did not appear in the list of the top twenty poorest provinces, Abonales admitted that many towns in Samar belong to the top 100 poorest municipalities.

In Catbalogan City, some 18,833 households will undergo the program, according to social worker Nida Arosa.

All the households shall be assessed via interviews and on-site inspection using the pre-designed questionnaire.

Corillo advised all Samarnons to give the project time and to cooperate with enumerators.

She cited the case of Northern Samar where some barangay folks proved uncooperative and were not included in the list. This proved unwise as in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, some were not included because of their unavailability during the interview with the enumerators.

She reiterated though that the survey will not readily result to programs as some people expect.

But definitely the national government will utilize the results of the program to uplift the living conditions of the poor eventually, said one social worker. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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