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NAPC to monitor gov’t responses in mitigating COVID-19 effects

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)—Focused on monitoring and evaluating the government’s efforts and responses in mitigating the effects of coronavirus disease (COVID)-19, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) will conduct the Post-Distribution Monitoring (PDM), August 2020.

Done through face to face and telephone interviews, and online or social media survey, NAPC targets 81 out of the 41,776 barangays in the country covered by the 2015 National Household Targeting System (NHTS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Using a simple random sampling, 25 households of the target barangays will be selected through a systematic sampling. 

The survey will entail data gathering on the household profile, forms of assistance provided, distribution of cash subsidy, delivery of assistance, and comments and suggestions. 

“PDM seeks to collect information and generate insights regarding the appropriateness, effectiveness, and immediate outcomes of the Social Amelioration Programs (SAPs), particularly the cash subsidy and food and non-food relief packages, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” NAPC Sec. Lawyer Nel Felongco said in an online meeting, August 5.

For her part, Regina Antequisa of NAPC said for the basic sectors including the Victims of Disaster and Calamities (VDC), the data will serve as basis for policy recommendation not only for enhancing SAP or related future program of the government in response to the pandemic but also for enhancing the disaster response policy of the government in general.

NAPC targets to complete the PDM by the end of October. (RTP/PIA10)

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