Friday, November 11, 2016

NHTS-PR PMT assures least
inclusion, exclusion errors

TAGBILARAN CITY, November 10 (PIA)--Thanks to a methodology used in finding the country's families needing government help, more and more poor and vulnerable families who deserve are getting the government's social protection programs. 

Thus hints the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in a meeting with government information officers held at the Reynas Garden and Haven November 10. 

As initially identified, of poor and vulnerable families in Bohol, only about 41% turned out to be truly needing government support though its conditional cash transfer, social pension, soon to be implemented rice allocation, supplementary feeding program, social health care and livelihood, shared DSWD Project Development Officer Ruben Boybanting. 

At the recent program update on the government's flagship social protection programs for Association of United Development Information Officers (AUDIO) in Bohol, Boybanting explained the intricacies of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or better known as Listahanan.

The controversial list which most complaints of exclusion from the benefits originate, now has a very minimal margin of error, DSWD assured. 

Using a Proxy Means Test (PMT) methodology to determine the poor and vulnerable, this 2013's new survey reviewed the old system and enriched it with other indicators in the hopes to trim the inclusion and exclusion errors and sharpen the country's poverty targeting capability. 

The DSWD still picked 246,631 poor in Bohol, he said. 

But of the figure, with the new and better method to predict per capita income of households based on observable characteristics that correlate with incomes, DSWD noticed only 41% or 99,993 of the identified poor are qualified. 

For the initial list, 146,638 of the initially listed poor have been excluded from the social protection benefits. 

The DSWD also matched the figure with the Philippine Statistics Authority data and came out with the results. 

In the bigger picture, in the Visayas for example, considering population densities and land areas, a list of top 10 regional magnitude share of the poor includes Cebu City, Lapulapu, Toledo, Danao, Naga, Carcar, Daanbantayan, Bantayan, Tuburan and Ubay, Bohol. 

Of the 15,447 households assessed by the DSWD teams in 2013, 7,510 have been identified as poor, some 4,500 households without access to electricity yet, 80% of the poor in the town use unsafe water sources, according to Listahahan.

Ubay is Bohol's biggest town in land area, and being largely agricultural, its poverty however is not the worst in the magnitude of poorest households in Bohol. 

And from the 7,510 households identified as poor, 42,288 have been identified as poor individuals. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)
DSWDs project development officer Ruben Boybanting explains to information officers the Proxy Means Test which the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction in 2013 uses to minimize the inclusion and exclusion issues. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

THE AUDIO Bohol, DSWD and PIA partnership proven again after a successful exchange of information and updates with the DSWD's Social Protection Programs at the Reynas Garden and Haven in time for the AUDIO monthly meeting and information sharing. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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