LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY- The Department of Social Welfare and Development
(DSWD) Field Office V is gearing up to reintegrate more than 39,000 household
beneficiaries previously identified as non-poor in the Listahanan 3 results. The results
of the Social Welfare and Development Indicators (SWDI) assessment serve as the
basis for reinstatement, in alignment with the guidelines outlined in the Memorandum
Circular No. 19, s. 2023. This circular establishes the appropriate mechanisms to
operationalize and utilize the SWDI tool as the foundation for program exit decisions.

The SWDI, employed by DSWD, re-assesses households to gauge their current
economic and social adequacy. Households falling within Level 1 (Survival) and Level
2 (Subsistence) will undergo reinstatement, while those achieving a self-sufficiency
level will proceed through the graduation and exit procedure.

In the initial batch of SWDI reassessments in the region, 39,076 households were
identified at Levels 1 and 2, while 18,586 households were self-sufficient or at Level 3.
Beneficiaries slated for reinstatement will receive the necessary information and
assistance to ensure a smooth reintegration into the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino
Program (4Ps). Simultaneously, the 18,586 4Ps grantees graduating from the program
are assured of continued support and assistance from their respective Local Government
Units (LGUs) and other partner stakeholders.

The graduation process is outlined in the transition and exit procedure of the KilosUnlad Social Case Management Strategy within the program. Emphasizing this
commitment, Joint Memorandum Circular 1, s. 2022, signed by the Department of
Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Interior and Local
Government (DILG), underscores commitment to provide post-service intervention and
support for exited households, aiming to prevent regression into lower levels of well-being

DSWD Regional Director Norman S. Laurio expressed optimism about the impact of
reinstating these 39,076 households into the Pantawid program. “Our goal is to ensure
that the assistance reaches those who need it the most. The SWDI reassessment
enables us to make data-driven decisions, enhancing the effectiveness of social
protection programs and fostering inclusive development in the region” said Laurio.
This initiative is viewed as a positive stride toward strengthening the social safety net
and addressing the needs of vulnerable families in the Bicol Region.

To communicate the result of the SWDI reassessment to 4Ps beneficiaries, the DSWD
Field Office V is distributing written messages via city and municipal links and other
field staff, explaining the households’ current level of well-being.

The 4Ps program, a flagship initiative in the Philippines, provides conditional cash
transfers to eligible families, with a focus on improving the health, nutrition, and
education of children in low-income households. The reinstatement of these over
39,000 households follow a thorough review of socio-economic conditions, aligning
with the government’s commitment to refine and optimize social assistance programs.