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Monday, January 02, 2012

DSWD prepares for validation of IPs, informal labor sectors

PAGADIAN CITY, Jan 02 (PIA) --The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX (DSWD-IX) is gearing up for the validation activities of households that were previously identified as Indigenous Peoples and employed in Informal Labor Sector during the previous assessments conducted from CY 2009 up to early this year which shall form part of the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) database.

According to Mr. Hasan Alfad, DSWD Planning Officer and NHTS Regional Focal Person, the need to validate the IPs and Informal sectors data of the NHTS was seen necessary to better address the targeting needs of data users and to further improve the utility of the database.

Results will provide the data users specific information pertaining to the Indigenous Peoples in Region IX as well as particulars of employment of the working force in the Informal Sector.

The agency has already started orienting the various field staff such as the Area Coordinators, Area Supervisors and enumerators who will be deployed to specific areas to validate and acquire needed information about the IPs and Informal Sector workers.

With this data ready at hand soon, interested foundations and organizations concerned with IPs and the labor force can easily obtain needed information from the said database which is being maintained by DSWD

Mr. Alfad revealed that the validation activities to include the encoding of the raw data to be submitted to DSWD Central Office will take around 2 months before the agency can release the official data to interested groups.

Executive Order 867 signed by former President Arroyo in February 2010 has established NHTS-PR as the targeting mechanism for all social protection programs and services implemented by national government agencies. PhilHealth, DOH and DPWH are among the government agencies who have already adopted the database in identifying beneficiaries for their programs. Majority of DSWDs program beneficiaries were identified using said record.

Programs such as the Social Pension for Senior Citizens, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Self-Employment Assistance for Kaunlaran/Sustainable Livelihood Programs and Rice Subsidy Program have relied on the NHTS for focused targeting to minimize wastage of government resources. (DSWD9/NZBUE/ALT/PIA9/CAL)

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