To better identify areas of concern and Filipinos who need immediate assistance, UNICEF has partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), extending its help for the organization’s Listahanan Project. 

For those unaware, DSWD’s Listahanan Project is a comprehensive database that pinpoints “who and where the poor are in the country.”

It’s primarily “used as the basis in identifying potential beneficiaries for social protection programs such as the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps), PhilHealth, food-for-work, as well as programs at the local government level to help alleviate poverty.”

According to UNICEF, to ensure that “the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach children and their families” are included, they’ve offered a helping hand to DSWD, specifically when it comes to addressing grievances submitted to Listahanan. 

Through UNICEF’s assistance, the validation and finalization phase of the project became much easier. This led to better and more accurate data collection.

“In the Philippines, around 9.3 million children live in poverty. Children who grow up poor often lack the food, sanitation, shelter, health care and education they need to survive and thrive. By helping DSWD’s Listahanan, we can strengthen identification of poor children and their families, so that the national and local government can plan and budget according to their needs,” UNICEF Philippines Chief of Social Policy Atty. Anjanette Saguisag explained. 

DSWD’s National Household Targeting Office (NHTO) Director Andrew Ambubuyog said Listahanan is an important asset in distinguishing Filipinos that require aid faster and more efficiently. 

“Listahanan has very rich information. It is being used not only for the 4Ps, local leaders, other national government agencies’ programmes, researchers can also access the database for free. We hope that the data we generate can be fully utilized to benefit more poor Filipinos,” Ambubuyog explained.

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