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DP 2006-22: Alternative Means Testing Options Using CBMS

The study proposes an alternative means to the present manner of identifying eligible Philhealth beneficiaries through the use of three criteria, namely: income, ownership of assets and socioeconomic characteristics, and electricity consumption. The information/data gathered in evaluating the criteria are sourced with the use of the community-based monitoring system (CBMS) approach. Given that many of the poor households may not have verifiable records/documents regarding the first criterion--income--the study recommends the adoption of a two-stage screening method using the other two criteria. Households are first classified on the basis of socioeconomic variables that are predictors of income-based poverty status. This is followed by a second stage screening based on electricity consumption for those who passed the first screening. The proposed methodology addresses the problem of undercoverage/exclusion of possible eligible beneficiaries from the program that is evident in the present manner of identifying beneficiaries.

Philippine Institute for Development Studies
Authors Keywords
Reyes, Celia M.; community-based monitoring system; PhilHealth indigent program; income-based poverty; assets ownership; electricity consumption; targeting of beneficiaries;
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