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DSWD 8 recruits enumerators for National Household Targeting System in Catbalogan

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (March 11) -- Samar Provincial Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) Luz Tacal said that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) office 08 has started recruiting enumerators for a project known as National Household Targeting System (NHTS).

The office was swarmed with hundreds of applicants for some 290 job requirements as enumerators, encoders, area supervisors and area coordinators on March 5 and 6, 2009.

With the rumors spreading that the PSWDO is engaging in politics in the recruitment is plain hearsay said Tacal.

In fact, she said she did not in any way participate in the acceptance of applications. She had inhibited herself from taking any part in the recruitment to avoid talks. All she did was to comply with the DSWD request to hold the interview in the PSWDO, she clarified.

The panel of interviewees was composed of two division chiefs from DSWD RO 08, like Ms Yvonne Abunales and Ms Virginia Idano and other staff.

Presently, the office in charge is still having interviews to be able to fill up the 290 slots. The job which is good for only one month has been drawing a big crowd.

This is an indication that jobs are hard to come by these days, Tacal said.

However, an insider said that because of the many applicants, the agency would be able to choose the best candidates.

As of this writing, Tacal bared that some 230 applicants have been considered for screening.

It will be recalled that in the latest Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD) held on February 19, 2009, Ms Leticia Corrillo, DSWD 08 Regional Director gave out the initial information about this project.

On February 24, 2009 the DSWD met with Municipal Social Welfare Officers (MSWDO), Municipal Planning and Development Officers (MPDO) for an orientation about the project and the recruitment of enumerators.

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

The program, is also 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. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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