The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 12 targets to complete soon the 2, 465 field workers it needs to augment for the second nationwide household assessment this year.

The facilitating body of the project, the National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) is set to hire 1,615 Enumerators (Ens), 323 Area Supervisors (AS), 65 Area Coordinators (AC), 231 Encoders and 231 Verifiers which totals to 2, 465 staff. Out of which, the Ens, AS’s and AC’s are to be deployed in the target areas of assessment in the region. Meanwhile encoders and verifiers will be stationed in the field office of the department.

Apparently, the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 8 prevented the department from holding the second assessment in the last quarter of 2013 as most of its staffs were augmented to the massive relief and recovery efforts in Eastern and Central Visayas.

Consequently, some of previous year’s hired field staffs that were advised to wait for further notifications on the assessment apparently had already dropped from the list. Thus, the agency needs to complete the number of work force. They were, in fact, recommended by the department’s stakeholders such as the National Statistics Office (NSO), the Academe and National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP).

Initially, the second Listahanan nationwide household assessment is scheduled during the first quarter.
Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide. The first nationwide household assessment was conducted in 2009 which interviewed and subjected to Proxy Means Test a total of 581,853 households in the four provinces, five cities and 45 municipalities in region 12. ###