THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 has recorded 33,995 low-income families in its system.

This is based on the fully accomplished Family Assessment Forms (FAFs), as the department is on its second round of identifying poor people in Central Visayas.

This will serve as a guide for local government units and other government agencies and their partners in their social protection programs.

The first listing was in 2009 yet.

DSWD 7 Director Mercedita Jabagat told Sun.Star Cebu there are 443,765 accomplished FAFs to be encoded.

The FAF is a four-page questionnaire with 52 observable and verifiable variables used in household assessment.

Once the poor families are identified, they can easily be given programs to improve their living conditions.

Jabagat said they are now halfway in their household assessment based on the 1,016,269 target for poor households in Central Visayas.

“Our encoders are already doing the round-the-clock work having a shifting schedule just to fast-track the encoding of the data gathered in the field,” Jabagat said.

After the enumerator conducts the household assessment, the FAF is reviewed by the area supervisor before it is submitted to the regional office.

“We are waiting for additional computers so that we could hasten the encoding,” Jabagat also said.

DSWD 7 will soon start a household assessment in the urban barangays using an android device with the FAF data entry application installed in it.