LEGAZPI CITY: As the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Bicol is accounting the poorest number of families across the region, over 6,000 Indigenous People (IPs) are now benefiting from the conditional cash transfer of the government.
Arwin O. Razo, DSWD assistant regional director for operations said all IPs across the region will be covered by conditional cash transfer program of the government.
As of September this year, there are 6,038 indigenous people families benefiting the Pantawid program of the government according to DSWD official in Bicol.
“We have a total of 6,038 modified conditional cash transfer (MCCT) indigenous people beneficiary families in geographically isolated and disadvantages areas (GIDA). The 6,038 IPs covering all tribes in Bicol,” the DSWD official told The Manila Times.
Currently, the department is conducting a thorough accounting of poor families in the region through the Listahanan, formerly called the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).
Listahanan, is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries of social protection programs.
Last month the DSWD Bicol has announced they were able to assess 1,056,722 households of which 1,006,991 undergo the Proxy Means Test (PMT) that identified the first 410,186 poor households.
The department urged the public to participate in the validation activity in their respective barangays.