POVERTY DATABASE. Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DSWD-CAR) regional director Leo Quintilla said the agency continues to provide financial assistance and other interventions to poor households in the region. Quintilla urged on Wednesday (Dec. 7, 2022) stakeholders and partners who have targeted programs for the poor to utilize the list of poor households generated through its survey to ensure that the beneficiaries are those who need assistance. (PNA file photo by Liza T. Agoot)

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DSWD-CAR) targets to release before the year ends the final list of identified poor households who can be potential beneficiaries for different social protection programs and services. 
“It (list) can already be utilized by other agencies or the private sector for their targeted assistance programs and projects,” DSWD-CAR regional director Leo Quintilla said in a phone interview on Wednesday. 
Quintilla said they are reassessing the result of a poor household targeting survey which was started before the pandemic struck.
He said their initial survey results released in early 2022 show the Cordillera’s poor ratio at 17:100 which translates to 46,792 poor households compared to 77,811 in the earlier list. 
Quintilla cited the huge effect of the pandemic to the financial condition of the households thus the need for reassessment. 
May nakita ng listed noon na non-poor na bumalik sa pagiging mahirap at may mga poor na naging maganda ang buhay dahil nakapagpatapos na ng mga anak at nakakatulong na sa kabuhayan ng pamilya (there were those listed to be non-poor who returned to being poor while there are those who were poor and now have improved lives because they have children who have already graduated from school and are now working and providing an additional source of income for the family),” he added.
Quintilla said there are households recommended for exiting or retention in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). 
Quintilla urged stakeholders, partners and government agencies with frontline programs for the poor to utilize the Listahanan 3 to determine their target beneficiaries.  
Listahanan 3, which was launched on Tuesday, is the third round nationwide household assessment.
Napaka importante na ng Listahanan dahil maa-assure na ang nabibigyan ng tulong ay talagang nangangailangan para mapabuti ang kundisyon ng buhay nila (the Listahanan is very important to assure that assistance will be extended to those who really need them to improve their condition),” Quintilla added. (PNA)