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PSA needs over 8T teachers in CV for 2020 census

Philippine Information Agency
21 Feb 2020, 12:38 GMT+10

REGIONAL CENSUS COORDINATION BOARD MEETING. Regional Director Ariel Florendo (L) of the Philippine Statistics Authority-7 appeals for public support and cooperation in the upcoming 2020 Census of Population and Housing set on May 4 to June 1 by accommodating and disclosing honest household information during the house-to-house interview. (PIA7)

CEBU, Feb. 20 (PIA) -- More than 8,000 public teachers are needed in Central Visayas as enumerators and census area supervisors for the conduct of the nationwide census of population and housing on May 4 to June 1, 2020.

Regional Director Ariel Florendo of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA-7) urged the public to cooperate and accommodate the enumerators when they do the house-to-house survey.

"We also ask all households to disclose honest and complete data," said Florendo, adding that the compiled information on population and housing will be used as basis in coming up with social and economic development programs, plans, and policies by government executives, policy makers, and planners.

In case there will not be sufficient number of DepEd personnel to cover all areas in the region, the PSA-7 said it can resort to external hiring just to ensure all communities and locations are covered even in far-flung areas.

Engr. Leopoldo Alfanta, Jr., chief statistical specialist of PSA-7, cited two major challenges that enumerators encounter based on previous census surveys.

These were the struggle to conduct the interview due to the presence of barking dogs, exposing the enumerators to the risk of getting bitten and the difficulty of reaching households especially in subdivisions and condominiums in urban areas.

Alfanta said they will seek the assistance of the Housing Land Use and Regulatory Board to ensure households in subdivisions and condominiums will fully cooperate during the data gathering.

The old method of pen and paper will be used in doing the household interviews which will take between 15 to 30 minutes, said Alfanta.

Included in the survey are types of houses and households, population count, demography and socioeconomic characteristics, and barangay data.

In the 2015 census, the PSA said the Philippines had a total population of 100.98 million with an average growth rate of 1.7 percent annually. (fcr/PIA7)

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