Asuncion, Davao Del Norte –The Local Government Unit here has chosen its locally funded Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) program as its entry to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Gawad Listahanan.
Listahanan is a DSWD national project that identifies who and where
the poor are. It is an information management system that aims to
establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries
of social protection programs.
DSWD Director Priscilla
N. Razon emphasized that Gawad Listahanan was conceived to recognize
LGUs that committed and actively utilized the 2009 Listahanan database
as they implement their locally funded programs and services.
As one of the nominated municipalities, LGU Asuncion has been using Listahanan data for more than three years now.
Realizing the challenges to make the LGU become socially and
economically developed, Asuncion adopted the Listahanan when it
identified beneficiaries for CFAD under the Department of Agriculture
CFAD covers livelihood and small infrastructure projects such as
farm-to-market roads, pre- and post-harvest facilities, potable water
system, poultry production, animal production, and purchase of organic
“We opted to use Listahanan for us to easily deliver our basic
services to those in the list. We find also that this system restricts
overrated projects that cannot be benefited by those in priority, but
this agree to our limited resources, thus, our LGU needs this targeting
system in order to equitably distribute its resources and services to
the needier constituents,” explained Mayor Joseph Parreňas.
Mayor Parreňas reported that their CFAD project on chicken broiler
production obtained a gross income of Php 149,200.82; the pre- and
post-harvest facilities generated Php 60,000.00; 8 kids (goats) were
produced; a contract worth Php 86,400.00 with Southern Philippines
Agri-Business and Marine – Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) as
supplier of vermin cast was drawn; and the Agripreneurs Group was
created to manage the LGU-CFAD collective projects.
The LGU has also trained a total of 389 organic farmer families.
“We are grateful that the Listahanan data really helped us
especially in the identification of our beneficiaries. Because of the
right targeting of beneficiaries, agricultural productivity and income
of the poorest barangays increased with the sustainable agriculture and
enterprise development,” shared Municipal Planning and Development
Officer Mary Val E. Cortez.
“With these projects, kaya namin ang pagbabago dito sa Asuncion,” she beamed.
Other municipalities nominated for the regional level Gawad
Listahanan are New Corella, Malalag and Magsaysay which have also
endorsed their respective locally funded projects as entries to Gawad
The DSWD Regional Office Awards Committee shall select the town that
will represent the region at the national level. Awarding is set in
January 2015 during the 64th Founding Anniversary of DSWD. DSWD/Florame B. Espada/ccd