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DSWD launches results of the 2nd nationwide assessment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) releases today the profile of targeted poor families based on the result of the LISTAHANAN second round of assessment implemented in 2015.

The second assessment, which covered 15.1 million households, identified 5.1 million targeted poor households nationwide. This latter figure translates to 5.5 million targeted poor families or 28.7 million individuals.

“The LISTAHANAN data on the targeted poor households were collected through a comprehensive, objective and transparent house-to-house assessment”, stated DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman. The DSWD enumerated all families in rural-classified barangays and in pockets of poverty of urban-classified barangays.

The assessment used the Proxy Means Test (PMT) models to estimate the per capita income of the households. Through this assessment, the DSWD found that the 5.1 million targeted poor households nationwide have annual per capita income less than the poverty threshold reported by the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) for 2015. Most of these targeted households reside in Visayas and Mindanao as nine out of the 10 regions with the most number of targeted poor households are part of the said island clusters.

Result
 
The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) topped the list with 11.2% share or 573,446 targeted poor households. ARMM is followed by Region VII (Central Visayas) and Region X (Northern Mindanao) with 525,561 and 485,539 targeted poor households, respectively.

Meanwhile, 8 out of 10 or 76.6% of the targeted poor households reside in rural areas, 2 out 10 or 23.4% live in urban areas.

Of the 28.7 million individuals, 48.4% or 13.9 million are women while 51.6% or 14.8 million are men. It may be noted that children constitute 15.1 million or 52.7% of the total targeted poor population.

Of the 10.7 million children aged 5 to 17 years old, 215,244 reported having an occupation. Most of these children (123,578) are laborers and unskilled workers.
 
Fisher folks, farmers and foresters comprise about 2.8 million or 17.9% of the 15.5 million targeted poor individuals belonging to the labor force or those aged 15 years old and above. The majority (53% or 8.2 million) reported having no occupation at the time of the assessment.

Senior citizens comprise only 4.2% or 1.2 million individuals. While, 1.1% of the total targeted poor population or 313,574 are persons with disability.

“Aside from the demographics of the population covered in LISTAHANAN, other information such as access to safe water and electricity, quality of housing materials, tenure status of the family’s house and lot and their specific occupation are available upon request,” Sec. Soliman shared.

The list however of names and addresses of targeted poor households, families or individuals can only be obtained upon execution of a data sharing agreement with the DSWD. This is to ensure that the list will be only used for implementation of programs and services meant to improve their well-being.

Complete, transparent

“To ensure transparency in the data-gathering process and maintain the integrity of the list, the assessment involved public validation of the initial list of poor generated from the said assessments,” Sec. Soliman explained.

Appeals of those who were not assessed and complaints of those who contest the list of poor were received and resolved by the Local Verification Committee (LVC) at the municipal or city level during validation. LVCs are composed of the local social welfare and planning officers and three other members from civil society organizations.

“This ensured the completeness, accuracy and inclusiveness of the process,” added Secretary Soliman.

While the Listahanan can generate statistics on the targeted poor households and families, it does not provide the official poverty statistics. The official poverty statistics released by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) provides data on poverty and subsistence incidences based on poverty and food thresholds.

The LISTAHANAN or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an administrative tool for targeting poor families.
 
It establishes a centralized database of targeted poor families to serve as basis for identifying beneficiaries of social protection programs and services, minimizing wastage of resources to unintended recipients.

Consistent with the definition of poor in Republic Act 8425, LISTAHANAN classifies households with approximated incomes falling below the official provincial poverty thresholds reported by the PSA as poor. ###

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DSWD’s Listahanan identifies 1.5-M Pantawid Pamilya families lifted from poverty

The recent second round of household assessment for Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) showed that a total 1,511,320 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program have improved their status to “non-poor”.

This figure represents a large percentage (36%) of the total 4.2 million active Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

“The improvement in the lives of these 1.5 million Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries is due to their dedication and hard work to break from the intergenerational cycle of poverty that they have been in,” Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman shared.

Of those who have transitioned to non-poor, about 67,968 or 4.5% are still at risk of reverting to poverty when faced with disasters and economic shocks.

Studies classify this group as the “vulnerable” or “transient poor”. These are households  who registered as non-poor at a particular year but are dragged back to poverty a few years after.

“Given the number of natural disasters that hit the country in recent years, the DSWD recognizes the need to extend assistance to these families to keep them from becoming poor again,” explained Sec. Soliman.

Using the mentioned studies, the DSWD pegged 1.1 or 10% above the poverty line as the threshold that will enable them to identify the vulnerable families in the assessment. By applying the said threshold to the result of the Proxy Means Test (PMT), the Listahanan will be  able to generate a list of vulnerable families.

Then, the Department can craft programs that specifically address the needs of this sector.

The PMT is a statistical model that approximates household incomes based on specific household characteristics such as education attainment, livelihood or occupation of household members, and appliances, furniture and other household assets, among others.

Of the 15.1 million households or 16.7 million families covered in the 2nd assessment, the Listahanan identified 880,978 households or 983,816 families as vulnerable.

The DSWD encourages other agencies and organizations involved in social protection to allot a portion of their resources to implement programs that will help vulnerable households attain the level of self-sufficiency.

The complete profile of the vulnerable poor, which includes breakdown per sector, geographic location and employment or occupation, among others, is available upon request.

However, the list of households, families or individuals can only be obtained upon execution of a data sharing agreement with the DSWD. This is to ensure that the list will only be used for implementation of programs and services meant to improve their well-being.

“While the Listahanan can generate statistics on poverty, it does not provide the official poverty statistics,” stated DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

The official poverty statistics released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) provides data on poverty and subsistence incidences based on poverty and food thresholds.

The Listahanan is an administrative tool for targeting poor families. It establishes a centralized database of poor families to serve as basis for identifying beneficiaries of social protection programs and services, minimizing wastage or resources to unintended recipients. ###

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Work in Times of War

 

There is never a feeling as dreadful as being in a place ridden by opposing forces whose singular focus is on eliminating the people on the opposing side with any means necessary. Surviving such a situation gets more difficult when you have to battle your fears along with your aim of staying alive. The gun fires and explosions can rattle even the bravest folks. It is not surprising for soldiers, after being in the battle ground for quite some time, to come back forever changed. Some even experience mental and emotional trauma that last until they pass away. Heck, watching gun fires on films can make a lot of people scared. The horrors of war are true and they haunt even the best of us.

When you take a job, you don’t really think about what may go wrong. We usually think about how we will adapt to the new working conditions that we’ll put ourselves in and the stress that it can give us or how you will go about interacting with your new colleagues. You never really think farther than that. You expect tough times but not to the extreme that it changes you. Working in the midst of life and death situations is usually out of the question.

Mr. Joseph Valdez, a resident of Baggao, Cagayan, applied for a Listahanan field staff position in DSWD Field Office 02 hoping to land a job that can support him and further his professional career. He braved the scorching heat of the sun on that screening day to take the screening exam and interview. He was one of the lucky few who were able to pass the screening and assume a field staff position.

He started out okay as he recalled, receiving complaints from residents from the different barangays of Baggao to be given to the Local Verification Committee (LVC) members of the municipality for their judgment as to which of the concerns merit assessment or re-assessment. He swiftly shifted to assessing and re-assessing the approved households after that.

The Encounter

The first few days of assessing households were okay as he recalled. He jumped from one household to another to collect information that the Listahanan database needs to verify if the households are poor or non-poor routinely and without any problem. Then the encounter happened.

“Nag-assess ako sa Sitio Hot Spring sa Baggao (noong December 5) na malimit na nagiging sentro ng labanan ng militar at mga rebelde. Habang nasa bahay ako ng isang ini-interview ko, nakarinig ako ng putok,” Mr. Valdez said of how the incident started.

Despite hearing the gun fire, Mr. Valdez kept his attention to the interview, with an aim of finishing it as fast as possible to move on to other households.

“Tinanong ko yung interviewee ko kung ano yung narinig ko pero sabi niya normal nalang yun sa kanila kaya nagpatuloy nalang ako sa pag-assess,” he added, focusing on what needs to be done more than the initial fear that he experienced while hearing the gun fire.

He was about to finish the interview when he heard gun fires again, explosions that were so loud so as to indicate that the encounter is becoming closer and closer to his place of interview. His interviewee asked him to leave for his safety and to avoid being a part of the casualty. He kept being calm despite the unraveling that the gun fires and explosions gave and rode his vehicle. The road wasn’t safe but he needed to find a way to leave.

“Patapos na ako sa interview nung dumami ang mga putok at may mga pasabog na kong naririnig kaya sabi ng interviewee ko na umalis na ako at ayaw na rin niyang magpatuloy sa interview dahil sa takot. Ayaw ko noong umalis kasi nga takot ako sa daan at kabundukan pa naman pero tinibayan ko nalang loob ko,” Mr. Valdez recollected.

Just as he was speeding away from the fighting, he chanced upon a military truck that stopped him from going further. The military men asked Mr. Valdez to not leave just yet because he may encounter rebels on his way down the mountain and to follow them to a school which serves as their temporary base and hideout.

“Habang nagmo-motor ako ay may nakasalubong akong sasakyan ng militar tapos pinapunta kami sa elementary school ng Sitio Hot Spring at talagang nanginginig ako sa takot. Kinopya nila (military) travel order ko at binigay mga area na hindi ko muna dapat puntahan at hintayin ang text nila kung okay na,” Mr. Valdez said.

Mr. Valdez stayed in the school for the rest of the day. He claims that the fighting lasted from 9 am to 12 pm. After the rebel forces were subdued later that day, he decided to go down the mountain and in to safety in the town proper.

Call of Duty

It took 8 days before Mr. Valdez got a confirmation from the military that it is already safe to go back and resume assessing the households that were not assessed yet. Despite his experience, he never had second thoughts about resuming his obligation.

“Okay lang na bumalik kasi trabaho ko yun at kailangan kong gawin,” he said.

He said that his experiences are indelible and though he often gets scolded by his family members about the dangers of working in a war-torn place, he considers it a great honor to work for DSWD because of the challenges that he was able to overcome and the memories that he had while doing his duty.

“Salamat sa DSWD dahil sa mga naranasan ko at natutunan na kahit pinapagalitan ako ng pamilya ko, alam kong malaking honor ang makapagtrabaho sa gobyerno,” Mr. Valdez concludes.

Joseph is now employed as a teacher in his hometown, continually using the passion that drove him to great dangers just to do his work to teaching the next generation of kids to have that same desire to do what is necessary to be able to accomplish their responsibilities.

Listahanan is the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s database of poor families. It is the basis for identifying families who can become beneficiaries of social protection programs and services. Reliable, complete and accurate, that’s Listahanan. ### Written by: Chester Carlo M. Trinidad, Listahanan Information Officer

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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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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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