Listahanan to Conduct LVC Orientation for every Region 2 Municipality

DSWD FO2 Listahanan will be holding a series of Local Verification Committee (LVC) Orientations for the 89 municipalities and 4 cities in the region next month in preparation for the 2nd Round of Household Assessment’s Validation Phase.

The LVC shall be composed of the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (C/MSWDO) and City/Municipal Planning and Development Officer (C/MPDO) of every LGU as mandatory members and three members coming from non-government organizations (NGOs), faith-based groups, civil society organizations (CSOs) and people’s organizations to be chosen by the local chief executive.

The said LVC members shall be responsible for checking if the concerns of constituents relative to the initial list of poor households are valid or not.

Listahanan is a credible database used by different stakeholders and data partners to pick the beneficiaries of their social protection programs and services. ###Written by Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, Listahanan Information Officer

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Learning to Fly

In a society where tight-knight family circles is the rule, we don’t often find young adults readily willing to accept independence when it means being away from their family. The comfort of being in a familiar place and with the support of the people that has been there for them since childhood is too difficult to give up. We often find men and women having their own family whilst continually staying in their old folks’ houses.

But in cases where an individual desires to take off and make their own mark away from the comforts of the familiar, one must have not just guts and braveness but an equal amount of wit and smarts as well. This includes looking for a work that can sustain their needs as well as the additional wants which like it or not, linger more than we care to admit.

When a person finally breaks free and succeeds in his desire of trekking his destiny alone, the sense of fulfillment comes rushing thereafter. The feeling of finally being able to fly with their wings after years of packing the needed strength to break free is a feeling only few other moments can match.

Shalom Galang is one of those individuals who desire independence. After years of being taught in school and following the old familiar, he just needed a way to move forward and live alone, which means looking for a sustainable job that can support him as he trudges his own path.

Mr. Galang was one of the hundreds of applicants that applied for a field staff position for the 2nd round of household assessment, doing so with a hope that he’ll be chosen and get the chance to provide for himself.

“Nag-apply ako at pinalad naman akong makuha. Masaya ako na naging bahagi ako nitong assessment dahil sa wakas meron na akong work na makakabuhay sa akin at nakakatulong pa ako sa ibang tao,” Mr. Galang said about the opportunity given by Listahanan to him.

He said that while the field work was tough, the satisfaction of working and earning for himself and not relying on his parents was more than he could have ever dreamt. He finally was able to spread his wings and go through life alone.

“Nakakapanibago nung una kasi nga sanay akong nasa mga magulang ko at sila tumutustos sa mga pangangailangan ko kaso natuto din naman, masaya pala magtrabaho at pinatatag ako ng Listahanan para makatayo sa aking mga paa,” he said.

He added that working for Listahanan made him learn to be sovereign and develop skills that he previously thought was out of his reach. He learned the art of planning to be able to do the assessment fast and accurate.

“Sa field kailangang mabilis dahil kung hindi, aabutin ka talaga ng siyam-siyam. Sa FAF (Family Assessment Form) kunyari, 30 minutes lang dapat tapos ka na sa isang household. Kung mabagal, talagang maiiwan ka. Nag-isip ako ng diskarte para mapadali ang trabaho ko pero manatili pa rin yung pagiging tama nung ginagawa ko, Mr. Galang said.

With the regular assessment coming to a close, Mr. Galang said that he looks forward to continuing to work for DSWD if his services are still needed. He said that he would not mind another round of assessment if it means being associated with the project (Listahanan) that he has grown to respect and appreciate.

“Kung tatawagin ako ulit, oo sagot ko siyempre. Malaking privilege yung binigay sa akin at sa iba kong mga kasamahan. Kung nagustuhan man nila (Listahanan) naging work ko at papayagan nila akong mag work ulit dito, magiging masaya ako,” Mr. Galang said.

Listahanan is about to enter the next phase of the assessment, the validation phase. With it, there will again be a demand for workers like Shalom to land their hand in the completion of the activity. Workers like him are the reasons why DSWD FO2 Listahanan consistently ranks high when it comes to finishing the household enumeration and the completion of the encoding of FAFs. Workers like him are the heart and soul of the Listahanan project. When it starts, Shalom will surely be called upon to work for the project again.

Listahanan is a reliable basis of stakeholders and data partners to select the worthy beneficiaries of their social protection programs and services. ### Written by Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, Listahanan Information Officer

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Bracing for What’s Next

With Listahanan coming close to finishing the household assessment of the five provinces of Region 2, it is only fitting to look back at what has transpired, the challenges, the triumphs and everything in between that readies each and every one for the next phase of the 2nd Round of Household Assessment.

Since the experience is diverse, I decided to take a look at the assessment from the perspective of a single individual, focusing on what that person felt and experienced from working for Listahanan.

The Fellow

Mr. Aljon B. Gomez is just like every fresh graduate, eager to work for any company or institution that would accept him and try to prove to everyone that he belongs and that he can make it on his own.

While working for DSWD FO2 wasn’t his initial goal, he wanted to try and see if the department will accept him and if he will be given an opportunity to start his career here.

He didn’t really think that he will be accepted after the initial interview but deep down, he thought that he actually showed who he really was so if he will be accepted, great, but if not, at least he didn’t try to be somebody else just to land the job that he aspires for.

“Hindi ko naman alam na makakapasok ako dito dati, nagpakatotoo lang talaga ako nun sa interview… basta kung may tinanong, sagutin mo ng diretso tapos kung ma-impress sila sa sagot mo, maganda,” Mr. Gomez said.

Being true to one’s self can unlock capabilities previously unknown to a person, the more you become true to your strengths and gifts, the better you will become.

Advocating Change

Mr. Gomez didn’t really know a lot about the job that he got accepted to when he began the long and demanding process of assessment but once he got to fully understand the importance of his position, he was able to feel the sense of responsibility that it requires and the potential change that he can contribute to the lives of the poor.

He saw poor people begging for assistance and the more he saw those things, the more entrenched he became in making sure that the needy people will be part of the list of poor households that will get to be potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services from various National Government Agencies (NGAs), Local Government Units (LGUs), academes and private companies.

“Nung nakita ko yung forms na ine-encode dito sa office na galing sa area na in-assess namin, naalala ko yung mga taong in-assess namin sa field at nandun yung sense of accomplishment sa parte ko na nandun ako na nakatulong sa kanila para makapasok sa project na ito,” Mr. Gomez said.

Earning for yourself and proving that you can make it on your own while at the same time doing something for the benefit of the needy people is the best of both worlds and people can’t really hope for more than this.

Herculean Task

 Mr. Gomez did encounter difficulties while he was in the field and since he was facing these difficulties at the formative stage of his working career it was, to put it simply, an abysmal experience. But rather than give up to the pressures and take the easy way out, he persevered, knowing that he will learn from this experience whether he succeeds or fails at the task given to him.

He at one time had to deal with two barangay captains fighting about who should manage a piece of land that is strategically located between the barangays of the two warring captains and as a young person just trying to do his job right, it was a jarring but nonetheless educational experience for Mr. Gomez.

But he shares that the assessment that they did led to an arrangement from the two captains to stop fighting for the piece of land to make way for the assessment to run its course. It was great as Mr. Gomez would put it to have had a hand through Listahanan to have these captains make amends.

“Meron nangyaring land dispute tapos di (ko) alam kung kanino (ako) kakampi sa dalawang kapitan… tapos nung nag-assess kami nagkaroon sila ng arrangement para lang sa project na ito, atleast kahit lang sa project na ito ay nagkaroon sila ng pagkakasunduan,” Mr. Gomez explains.

Learning through Experience

Mr. Gomez claims that before working for DSWD, he didn’t really know what DSWD’s vision and mission is and his initial impression of the department is an institution that gives relief goods to the needy people when they need it and where they need it.

However superficial his impression may seem, it gradually changed the deeper he got into the assessment and he saw just how vital DSWD FO2’s role is in guaranteeing the well-being and development of people, which can be seen in stratified levels.

“Hindi ko naman talaga alam yung vision and mission ng department na ito. Dati kasi fresh graduate lang ako (at) yung eagerness ko para magtrabaho ang pinakaimportante… habang nagtatrabaho ako dito sa job order ko ay nalaman ko kung gaano kahalaga yung papel ng agency na ito at kung papalarin na maging permanente ako dito, magiging maganda yun,” Mr. Gomez said.

The Road Ahead

It still is a long way to go before the assessment as a whole is completed but it’s good to look back every now and then and look for encouraging stories of people to serve as an inspiration to look forward and continue the march to change, change in the way we help poor people, change in the way they are treated, change in the way we identify them and change in the way we move forward and take the poor people along for the ride. ### Written by Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, Listahanan Information Officer

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Listahanan to Wrap Up Household Assessment in Region 2 by the End of August, 2015

Listahanan in Region 2 is looking to complete the household assessment by the end of August, this coming from DSWD FO2 Regional Field Coordinator, Mr. Christopher Soriano, who reported that as of this writing 95% of the total number of households in Region 2 has already been assessed.

The figure shows Region 2 placing 3rd among other regions in the country in terms of household assessment.

Only 3 municipalities for assessment remain namely: Dupax Del Sur and Quezon in Nueva Vizcaya and Nagtipunan in Quirino.

“Sa bilis ng assessment natin, sa tingin ko matatapos natin lahat by August 20 at dahil dun, makakatipid tayo ng mga resources,” Mr. Soriano said as to how fast the assessment will be completed.

The Listahanan team credits the achievement to the tireless work ethic that the field staff showed, even working on Sundays and braving the heat of the sun just to finish the assessment as fast as possible.

“Meron kasing determinasyon mga field staff para matapos agad yung assessment at nag-sakripisyo lahat at minsan ginagawa ko na rin yung trabaho ng iba para makatulong at para makausad agad kaya siguro natapos ng mabilis yung assessment,” Ms. Mary Anne Pataueg, an Area Coordinator for Aparri, Cagayan, Diffun and Cabarroguis, Quirino commented on how the field staff were able to finish the household assessment fast.

“Lahat ng taong kabilang sa Listahanan ay merong tinulong kaya yung credit ay sa lahat,” she added. ### Written by Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, Listahanan Information Officer

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Trading Sleep for Keeps


We all need to rest and sleep. Science says that we need at least 8 hours of sleep every night for us to attain our optimal level. Anything less than 8 hours and a person may feel weak, lack the needed strength for the rest of the day and not think well.

What if a person needed to work at night? What if a person needed to wake himself up in order to work instead of sleeping for the rest of the night?

I took the liberty of asking a few of the Listahanan supervisors and encoders/verifiers who has had to work at night for their idea of working at the graveyard shift.

It’s all in the Mind

Some people work at night because though their body is weak, their minds push them to go through the challenges without breaking. That somehow, thinking about their motivations can bring out their energy reserves to be able to keep up with the pressures of the graveyard shift.

“Mahirap magtrabaho ng gabi kasi nga ang katawan gusto talagang magpahinga kaso kinakaya ko kasi iniisip ko na lang pamilya ko tapos siyempre para na rin sa aking personal growth,” Mr. Junel Pua, a former Area Supervisor who is currently assisting encoders/verifiers in the regional office said of how he handles the task of working at night.

The people that we surround ourselves with can be our source of inspiration, our rallying point even to move on despite the seemingly overwhelming challenges that we face.

Circle of Friends

People also choose to work at night to be able to form bonds with the people that they like to associate themselves with. They want to inspire others and share their beliefs in the hope that other people will use them positively.

“Talagang hindi biro ang magtrabaho ng gabi pero ginawa ko at patuloy kong ginagawa kasi nga gusto kong bumuo ng grupo dito sa DSWD na pwede akong mag share ng aking mga ideya at paniniwala para mabago sila at ma-impluwensiyahan ko sila sa magandang paraan,” Mr. Erik Taguiam, an Assistant Regional Information Technology Officer (ARITO) said of his motivation for working at night.

When you go out from work and you know for a fact that you have affected people in a good way, you can be rest assured that it was a fulfilling and worthwhile day. There is nothing more satisfying than to be able to share your thoughts and have others not only believe them but to manifest them in their lives as well.

Financial Security

Though the ideals that we set are more often related to the people that we are closest with, one such idea that drives people to work even at night is the chance to be financially stable. Nowadays the scarcity of jobs that people can land makes it harder for them to be financially secure so having an opportunity to work even if it means working at night is accepted more often than not.

“Ako kasi siyempre nagwowork ako para sa pamilya ko kasi kailangan talaga pero ang pinaka-motibasyon ko na sa tingin ko naman ay kaparehas ng maraming tao ay para magkaroon ng perang gagastuhin sa pang-araw-araw, para hindi laging namomroblema kung saan kukunin ang gagastuhin sa mga kailangan sa buhay,” Mr. Isidro Arthur Francis B. Geronimo, an Area Coordinator for Palanan and Maconacon,  Isabela who is currently landing a hand in the completion of the encoding part of the assessment in Field Office 2, said of his motivation to keep working at night though it may be hard physically.

Chances are Few and Far Between

Economies, not only in the Philippines but the world over are struggling to keep themselves afloat and with it the decline in the number of jobs that people can have. This problem makes people accept whatever job they can have, whatever that job requires of them. The important thing is that they can have a job that can keep them thriving. As hard as it may be to accept that fact, it is the reality that we need to live with. As they say nothing is ever easy. Everything that a person does requires effort and patience to work through.

Everything is hard before it becomes easy. The reality is that you have to work hard to learn everything you need to understand and adapt to everything as fast as possible for you to turn something hard into something that is quite easy to do.

The same is true for a night-time job. It starts with you struggling to keep your eyes open and not fall like a log to sleepiness. It starts with your body fraught to adapt to working at night. But once you learn to live with your new reality, the hardships you have will soon become stress-free. That’s the great thing about people, we struggle, we learn, we thrive. With that capability, there’s nothing more you can ever ask. ### Written by Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, Listahanan Information Officer

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Listahanan Starts Final Field Staff Training

With the aim of finishing the assessment of Region 2 households as fast as possible, DSWD Field Office 2 through its Listahanan project conducted the last batch of training from July 14-18, 2015 at Ivory Lodge, Tuguegarao City.

The training was conducted to fill up the vacant slots in municipalities where additional enumerators are still needed.

44 total trainees underwent the said training with 36 of the trainees coming from Nueva Vizcaya, 5 trainees from Quirino and 3 trainees from Isabela.

Ms. Pasencia T. Ancheta, the Acting Policy and Plans Division Chief and Regional Focal Person for Listahanan in Region 2 provided general supervision while Mr. Reymund G. Ferrer, DSWD Region 2’s Regional Associate Statistician, Christopher Soriano, DSWD FO2’s Regional Field Supervisor and Matthias James Ryan Tangonan, DSWD FO2’s Regional Information Technology Officer handled the training and discussion duties especially on the last two days, where the bulk of the discussions and the field training was done.

A combination of conference discussions and field simulations was done to get the trainees ready for their upcoming field assignments.

With the rigorous training that the trainees went through, any challenge that they may face on the field will be significantly lessened with the experience and learning that they absorbed on the training. ### Written by Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, Listahanan Information Officer

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Listahanan Tablet Assessment Launched

A training on how to use tablets was conducted last June 10, 2015 to get the enumerators ready for the tablet assessment where Mr. Tomas Ramiro III, the National Information Technology Officer from DSWD Central Office provided the orientation.

Mr. Matthias James Ryan Tangonan, DSWD Field Office 2’s Regional Information Technology Officer (RITO) on the other hand led the changing of specification of the tablets for it to be ready for the actual assessment and to prevent any error that may occur once the tablet assessment starts.

DSWD Region 2 through its Listahanan project officially launched 22 tablets that will be used to assess pockets of poverty in urban areas last July 13, 2015.

The program was launched as an alternative for the paper and pen Family Assessment Form (FAF) in areas where the internet connection is strong.

It will also expedite the process of getting information from the respondents for encoding.

To get the enumerators ready for the tablet assessment, Mr. Tangonan provided technical assistance in Ilagan City, Isabela on the latter date while Mr. Reymund Ferrer, DSWD Field Office 2’s Regional Associate Statistician, provided support in Tumauini, Isabela.

The tablet enumerators were able to grasp the details behind using the tablet quite easily and DSWD hopes that this will lead to a better and faster accumulation of household information in the field. ### Written by Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, Listahanan Information Officer

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Installation of Offline Encoding Boost Output of Encoders

To foster a faster and more stable encoding of Family Assessment Forms (FAFs), the offline encoding was installed in the makeshift encoding station in the conference hall of DSWD Field Office 2 last July 10, 2015.

Compared to an online connection which can get affected by outside forces such as the distance of the laptop to the router and the weather outside the building, the offline encoding renders these factors ineffectual.

The installation was headed by Tomas Ramiro, the National Household Targeting Office’s (NHTO) Information Technology Officer I and Teresa Enalisado, NHTO’s Computer Operator II who both had to fly all the way from DSWD Central Office to install the much needed database.

Mr. Andres Abong, DSWD Field Office 2’s Computer Management Technologist 1 of the Regional Information and Communication Technology Management Unit (RICTMU) and John Paul Tion, the Computer Management Technologist 2 of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the ones in-charge with installing the internet cables to be used for the offline encoding said that the cables will really improve the efficiency of the encoders in encoding information from the Family Assessment Forms (FAFs) to the Listahanan database.

“Para stable ang connection at para di na paputol-putol yung connection nila sa internet,” Mr. Abong said when asked what the installation of offline encoding can enhance when it is finally used in laptops.

As a result, encoders feel that they can do more with the time given for them to encode data and the more chances for them to earn more too.

Mr. Ricky Panganiban, an encoder from, said that he can encode more information to the database now because of the more stable cable connection.

“Ngayon po sa tingin ko mas marami pa po akong ma-e-encode kasi nga wala nang problema sa connection at talagang mabilis (yung connection),” Mr. Panganiban said.

With the installation of the said cables, the Listahanan team in the region is confident that it can further expedite the process of encoding the information on the FAFs to the database. ### Written by Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, Listahanan Information Officer

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