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The R7 poor sector’s healthcare program will be boosted by ‘Listahanan,’ according to the Department of Health.

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) regional office stated Tuesday that the third “Listahanan” or recruitment of impoverished households in Region 7 (Central Visayas) will help local government units (LGU) in strengthening healthcare interventions for the underprivileged sector.

Dr. Jaime Bernadas, director of DOH-7, stated in a statement that the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) extensive database system will be used to decide on relevant health services.

Bernadas stated that the DOH-7 will wait for the Listahanan 3 data, which will be available soon, after obtaining the Listahanan 2 data in 2019.

The DOH-7 identified the socioeconomic and other health-related metrics in the database as critical elements for directing LGUs in their healthcare plans.

“As we implemented the plan, it was really valuable (Listahanan 2 data) to identify who the priority households were.” Bernadas added, “We were also able to develop other health-related indicators and indices that we were able to use to assist local governments in their health interventions and operations.”

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), also known as Listahanan, is an information management system that identifies the impoverished and their whereabouts.

This groundbreaking database, which has a thorough organization of data on disadvantaged households across the country, is made available to government agencies and other social protection partners to help plan and propose initiatives in areas such as health.

According to the statement, the DOH-7 met all of the conditions before submitting the request, including signing the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) as directed by Memorandum Circular No. 12, series of 2017 or the rules in sharing Listahanan 2 data.

The MOA also includes a certification listing the identities of DOH staff with database access, as well as the assignment of the data privacy officer (DPO), a person entrusted with overseeing, protecting, and ensuring the data’s security.

Bernadas stated that the Listahanan 2 data was used in their Philippine Health Agenda Check-up System, which recruited all disadvantaged households.

The DOH-7 also issued reports on the services provided to the community’s impoverished households.

The database has shown to be quite useful in locating low-income families that are in desperate need of health care.

Bernadas explained, “We need the data to make decisions about the prioritization of health-care initiatives.”

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