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Encoding of Family Assessment Forms from Validation Phase to Start Soon

With the on-demand application (ODA) part of the 2nd round of household assessment coming to a close, DSWD FO2 is now getting ready for the next step that needs to be completed, the encoding of the accomplished Family Assessment Forms (FAFs).

“Na-prepare na natin lahat ng kailangan natin para sa encoding ng mga FAFs, handing-handa na tayo para simulan ito at matapos ng mahusay at mabilis,” Mr. Matthias James Ryan Tangonan, Listahanan Regional Information Technology Officer, said about the readiness of the regional office to start the encoding of the said forms.

The encoding portion of the validation phase will be followed by the validation of the encoded Family Assessment Forms to check for its veracity and completeness, before sending the data to the Central Office for it to be run to the Proxy Means Test (PMT) to determine if the households assessed belong to the list of poor or non-poor.

The National and Regional Profile of the Poor along with the Final List of Poor Households will be released after the above-mentioned processes. The above-mentioned list will be the new basis of data partners and stakeholders to choose the beneficiaries of their social protection programs and services as well as a source of different organizations, institutions and academes for their studies or for any purpose it may serve them.

Listahanan’s data partners and stakeholders enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DSWD before they can use the list, allowing the department to gather information as to how the list was used and for future reference as well. ### Written by Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, Listahanan Information Officer

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Accolades for the Worthy

Awards come and go, but legacy stays forever.

When a person or an institution gets an award or recognition, it is typical to feel a sense of satisfaction. It is not just you or an organization that recognizes what you do anymore; you get a certain distinction from other people now. The appreciation that you receive is something that people will remember for a long time.

When you get an award, you feel a desire to continue what you do best, which is always a good thing. There is never a thing as too much of a good thing. Doing what is good and what is working for as long as it can be done will only result to positive outcomes.

Establishing an Award

NHTS-PR’s Gawad Listahanan was created to recognize the efforts of LGUs, CSOs, NGOs, academes and other data partners in using our database to determine their beneficiaries, as a basis for their studies or for any purpose it may serve them.

This year, three awards will be given; one for the provincial level, one for the municipal level and one for non-government organizations. Three because of how varied the data-partners of Listahanan are.

The winners will be given a cash prize and a special commendation during the DSWD anniversary in January of next year. The boost that this recognition could give to the winners will only enhance their image not only to their constituents or target people but for audiences across the country as well.

Transparency

DSWD FO2 strives to be open when it comes to the processes that it does to show people that all of the duties that were handed to it are being done in the most honest way possible. The field office also aims to show people through its transparency that it takes full responsibility of its obligations.

NHTS-PR’s Gawad Listahanan aims to do the same. The project lends its profile of the poor database to its data partners through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to demonstrate that it is willing to show what it has to help data partners fulfill their set upon goals and purpose while at the same time helping the Listahanan-identified poor households through their social protection programs and services.

“Maganda ang award na ito (Gawad Listahanan) kasi nga naipapakita natin sa kanila na transparent talaga tayo sa ating mga ginagawa,” Mr. Reymund Ferrer, NHTS-PR FO2’s Regional Associate Statistician said about what makes the award notable.

Empowerment

Getting an award or recognition also empowers data partners as the work that they do is now being recognized by others, allowing them to push to perhaps improve more and as a result, affect the lives of more people.

Gawad Listahanan aims to empower data partners, urging them to continue using the database for years to come to be able to help as many people as possible.

“Malaking bagay yang award (Gawad Listahanan)kung sino man ang mapipiling manalo kasi nga binibigyan mo sila ng additional power kung baga, lakas na magpatuloy dahil tinuturing nating importante yung gawa nila sa pagbago ng buhay ng mga constituents natin,” Mr. Matthias James Ryan Tangonan, NHTS-PR FO2’s Regional Information Technology Officer said of the empowerment that the award gives to data partners.

Legacy

Awards are more than just the plaque or trophy that you receive or the recognition that you obtain whenever you are handed one. What matters more is the legacy that the award bestows not just to the individual or organization that an award is given to but also to the message that it imparts to other people; that when you strive to be great, you can be more.

The legacy that the winners of this year’s Gawad Listahanan is already certain, and whatever it is, one can be sure that it will be good and positive.  

                Listahanan is a credible basis of social protection programs and services to identify their beneficiaries. ### 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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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 in the Eyes of Listahanan Trainers

What does it take to train a large number of people and account for every one of them? What does it take to affect a huge number of people in a positive way and eliminate their bad habits to the absolute minimum to be able to bring the very best in them? What does it take to wake up early in the morning and sleep late at night and keep an energetic spirit going throughout the day? What does it really take to be a Listahanan trainer? Let us get to find out.

Defying Challenges

Some people would say that they do it for the challenge. Some people shy away from challenges either because they are too afraid to try or the challenge is too hard to overcome. But some relish difficulties and problems. They want to defy conventional wisdom especially when the odds are against their favor because they know that when they push through and succeed, the norms will forever be shattered and new possibilities will be opened.

Mr. Matthias James Ryan Tangonan, DSWD Field Office 2’s Regional Information Technology Officer (RITO) said that mingling with his colleagues was the biggest challenge that he had to overcome, but with the help of the people closest to him, he was able to build lasting friendships.

“To build trust with my colleagues was the biggest challenge due to the reason that I was a bit of a loner for the past few years. My mentor, the late Sir Phil, taught me how to get along with people and trained me to be open to ideas. This training molded me to become what I am today: a better man,” Mr. Tangonan said of his struggles and eventual triumph towards building connections.

Testing the Untested Waters

Some people would say that they do it because it is something rare and different. People don’t usually get the chance to help such a large number of needy people in such a short period of time and when the opportunity comes, some people accept the responsibilities that it demand because these moments are few and far between. This may only come once, we never know. The sheer unpredictability of the event makes accepting the responsibility too hard to decline.

Christopher Soriano, DSWD Field Office 2’s Regional Field Supervisor, is one of those who consider the experience of being part of the Listahanan project as something different.

“Being part of Listahanan is a bittersweet experience. Hundreds or even thousands of hours of sleep were given up just to train and deploy field staff to ensure that no families are left behind. From time to time, our bodies would grow weak but our hearts and minds would push us to remember the purpose of what we are doing. Being a part of Listahanan is to be a part of something bigger than ourselves,” Mr. Soriano said.

Supporting the Underprivileged

Some people would say that they do it to foster change. We have been seeing poor people from all walks of life as long as we can remember and it is time to change it. It is time for a revolution. Assistance should be given in all forms to change their situation.

One person who wants to cultivate change in the lives of the poor is Mr. Reymund Ferrer, DSWD Region 2’s Regional Associate Statistician.

“Ako, isa lang ang motivation ko, makatulong, lalo na sa mga mahihirap para magkaroon sila ng mukha dahil siguro naman panahon na para mabawasan ang paghihirap nila,” Mr. Ferrer said when asked what identifying the poor would mean in advocating change in their lives.

One for the Family

Some people would say that they do it for their loved ones. They want to work to be able to help the people that they care about. Work is really fulfilling when your motivation is your family and for civil service as well. Work is easier to do and you feel less stressed when you have a family behind you, ready to support you all the time and willing to be there for you when you need them.

Ms. Julie Pearl Mendoza, an Administrative Assistant III for DSWD Region 2’s Cash Section but also works as a documenter for Listahanan said that she goes through the hardship of identifying where the poor are because of her family and to be able to help other people as well.

“Gusto kong tulungan pamilya ko at para na rin makatulong sa mga mahihirap,” Ms. Mendoza said.

Rewarding Effort

Some people would say that they do it because it is fulfilling. How many of you feel a genuine sense of happiness when you help someone? How many of you feel fulfilled when you do civil work for the benefit of others? Doing work for the benefit of other people is more than gratifying. A person is more defined by the work that he does to help other people than the work that he does for his own cause. What people will remember more often than not is what you did for them, not what you did for yourself.

Mr. Andres Abong, DSWD Field Office 2’s Computer Management Technologist 1 of the Regional Information and Communication Technology Management Unit or RICTMU said that it is quite satisfying to be able to land a hand to help train field staff for Listahanan.

“Masaya ako na naging part ako ng assessment kahit hindi talaga ako part ng Listahanan, yung makatulong ka sa kanila para matuto sila,” Mr. Abong said of what he feels about being a part of the training team in preparing the field staff for the assessment.

We in DSWD work for different motivations but the end result is the same. We all work to be able to help people, especially the poor. Listahanan is in the midst of the busiest and certainly hardest part of its program, identifying who needs assistance the most. The staff involved in the project certainly has motivations, sometimes the same, sometimes it varies. But we all work to help people, to identify them, for them to have a representation, for them to have a face. It’s not that the staff is impervious to fatigue and stress, they are, but the goal is much larger than the sum of all the pains that they experience on a daily basis just to get it done. The fulfillment of achieving the goal after months of hardship is what motivates each and every one who is working for Listahanan. The project is in the stretch run and there is no turning back. It almost feels like there’s no tomorrow. Will the staff achieve their goal? Will they be able to pull off the daunting task in front of them? We are about to find out. ### Written by Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, Listahanan Information Officer

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‘Barefoot’

Remember when you get hurt if you walk barefoot on rocks, sand or on pavements under the sun? Remember when you see ordinary people walking without slippers like its normal? Or when you see farmers trudge their feet on mud grounds before sunlight until after sunset without ever complaining? You are probably too busy to wonder how they do it but we are all witnesses. We see them everyday and we have grown accustomed with it.

The Barefoot Lady

It broke my heart to see an old lady in her mid seventies wearing nothing on her feet during one of the field simulations that DSWD Region 2 did in preparation for the 2nd Round of Family Assessment or Listahanan. You can see her labor as she walked on uneven ground. Every step was calculated, slow, arduous and unbearably painful. Why does she need to experience this? If only I was rich that time. If only I was powerful enough to change her condition.

When she finally reached the doorsteps, her radiant smile greeted us. It was AMAZING. How can she probably smile with all the things she is going through? You know what I realized? She saw HOPE in us. Perhaps finally, after decades of painful struggles help is coming her way. It puts pressure on people working for DSWD Region 2 to deliver. But at the same time it is a gratifying type of pressure because if you succeed, you know that the needy will finally get assistance. They will finally get the help that they deserve.

Hope Restored

We can only do so much as individuals. We help someone in need and then you turn to another direction and a lot more beg for help. You turn to your resources and realize that it is not enough to help all of them.

We need a beacon of hope, something that the needy people from Region 2 can look up to. That’s where DSWD Region 2’s version of Listahanan comes in. The Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs.

Now, all of a sudden, there is a reason to hope again. Just when the poor people of the region think that they are down and out, they now have a chance to be lifted up again.

With the financial assistance that will be distributed after Listahanan identifies the poorest of the poor, they can have the leeway to buy basic necessities. No need to take on the beating by walking, running and working barefoot anymore. They can now have a remedy for their aching feet.

Saving the World, One Feet at a Time

It all starts with their feet. It takes a pair of slippers for them to stand again. It takes a pair of slippers so they can learn to walk again. It takes a pair of slippers so they can start running again. It takes a pair of slippers for them to start chasing their dreams again.

Jesus said that when we lend, we should not lend to people who can pay you back because what good would that bring? When they pay for what you gave, doesn’t that cancel the good act that you did? Jesus said even tax collectors who are considered sinners lend to the poor. He teaches us that we should lend to people who cannot pay us back because that is where real goodness comes in. We should help without expecting something in return. Listahanan works that way. It pinpoints the poor people that will benefit from the financial aid without expecting anything in return. It helps because it can and it has the resources to assist poor people.

Dream all you can. It is free and it is something that no one can take away from you. Believe that social workers are doing their best to identify where the poor are. It is never too late to foster change.

Listahanan will usher the help they need, one foot at a time. A little less foot scarred by the earth, a little less reason to feel hopeless. What difference does a pair of ‘tsinelas’ make? A LOT it seems. ### By CHESTER CARLO M. TRINIDAD, Listahanan Information Officer

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Golden Opportunity

Time is fleeting. You only get limited chances to succeed; sometimes you get none at all. Chances to succeed are few and far between. This is the unspoken reality where we live at the moment. Poverty creeps like a leper in the night. You have to be one or two steps ahead so as not to get overwhelmed with the problem of limited chances of work.

Sometimes people work long hours and only get meager salaries despite their hard work. People may feel cheated because they don’t get any fruit for their labor.

DSWD Region 2’s Training for Enumerators for its Listahanan program is one way of alleviating the lack of work opportunities for our fellow Region 2 citizens. The department’s advocacy works in two ways, help the poor people in the region that badly need assistance while at the same time giving opportunity for job seekers to land a job where they get to earn for themselves and for their family as well.

Hard Work, Harder Pay

If a person has a job, most of the time it is meager and it is only enough for a day’s meal, sometimes even less. You have to work hard in order to earn a dime. When asked what job she had before landing an enumerator position in DSWD, Mrs. Sandra P. Lunag, an enumerator trainee from Nueva Vizcaya, said that she never had any decent job aside from selling rice cakes on the streets. “Wala sir, bale nagtitinda lang ng kakanin, ganun,” Mrs. Lunag said.

“Salamat at meron niyan (Listahanan) para tuwing suweldo may pandagdag puhunan,” Mrs. Lunag added about the potential help that working for Listahanan could have on her.

With the opportunity that DSWD Region 2 is now giving them, the participants say that it will be of great help as they will now have a chance to earn more. Aside from that, they will no longer be just a face in a crowd. They will now be the face in the crowd.

Mrs. Catherine Soberano, an Area Supervisor trainee from Nueva Vizcaya said that the disparity of salary is really big when comparing the salary that she will receive from being an enumerator for DSWD from the salary that she received from her numerous sidelines before. “Ako po sir… iba’t-ibang sidelines… kung ikukumpara malaki po, okay siya,” Mrs. Soberano said.

Fleeting Chance

The trainees also understand that opportunities like this are hard to come by and that DSWD is one, if not the only, department that can give them a great working opportunity. “Wala naman po kasing nag-oopen (job openings), DSWD lang,” Mrs. Soberano said.

A great man once said, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” It is the department’s mandate to uplift the morale of the Filipino people, especially the poor. It was given years ago the ability to use its given resources to create programs and opportunities with the aim of helping the needy and the less fortunate.

The department understands that it can never help everyone in need, but it can definitely help someone. One hand that it saves is one less needy person. By opening the door for the thousands of job-seeking people to have a well-paying job, it can foster change. It can inspire people to keep pushing until they get the job that they aspire. ### By CHESTER CARLO M. TRINIDAD, Listahanan Information Officer

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The public, whether an individual, group or organization is invited to submit to DSWD any derogatory report or information on the CSOs who are applying for accreditation to implement programs/projects using government public funds. Check the list of CSOs here...

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