The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it has adopted the Proxy Means Test (PMT) model to ensure the reliability of its third-round of assessment of the “Listahanan” or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) which it intends to complete by December this year.
DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista assured the public that it is exhausting all means to cover all poor families under the Listahanan 3.
“Pagkatapos ng balidasyon o finalization phases sa Listahanan, ang mga nakuhang datos ay ineencode sa tinatawag na data entry form upang sumailalim sa proxy means test. Ang proxy means test ay isang modelong istatisktika na tumatantya sa kinikita ng isang sambyanan base sa kapansin pansin at madaling mapatunayang katangian ng sambahayan,” he said during the “Laging Handa” briefing.
(After the validation or finalization phases of the Listahanan, the data collected will be encoded in the data entry form to undergo proxy means test. The proxy means test is a statistics model that estimates the income of the households based on the observable characteristics of the households)
“Ang proxy means test ay mahalaga sa Listahanan sapagkat ito ang pinakaparaan na nagtutukoy ng estadong pang ekonomiya ng isang pamilya sa pamamagitan ng non-income indicators na siyang kinukumpara sa official poverty threshold. Ito ang nagbibigay daan upang malaman kung ang isang sambahayan ay mahirap or hindi mahirap,” the DSWD chief added.
(The proxy means test is crucial to Listahanan because it serves as tool to identify the economic status of the family through the non-income indicators which will be compared to the official poverty threshold. This will pave way to help determine whether the household is poor or not)
The Listahanan or NHTS-PR is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. It is updated every four years.
Bautista said in partnership with the local government units (LGUs), the agency will continuously conduct the Listahanan to cover poor families especially in far-flung areas.
He noted that they have assessed 14,301,494 or 88.7 percent of the 16.1 million households targeted to be evaluated under the NHTS-PR.
In a congressional budget briefing last Sept. 16, Bautista said they are targeting to have the final and complete list of poor households in the country by next year.
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