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NSO Cebu laments late submission of 2007 population census survey reuslts

Cebu City (19 September) -- Only 10 areas in Cebu have submitted the results of the 2007 Population Census Survey that ended in the last week of August amid complaints of enumerators of non-payment of services by the National Statistics Office (NSO-7).

NSO-Cebu Provincial Statistical Officer Firmo C. Diputado bared out of the nine cities and 44 towns in the province, only 10 areas have submitted the 2007 census survey results. The 10 areas however, were not identified.

Diputado urged area supervisors to fast track the final results of the survey questionnaires so that payment for enumerators and others involved in the survey can be processed immediately.

The provincial statistical officer debunked reports that the agency has no money for the salaries of the enumerators. There are more than 3T enumerators, team supervisors and census area supervisors hired to conduct the population survey in the region that started August 1 and ended on the 29th of the same month.

Over 1.5T of the more than 3T people were hired to conduct the survey in Cebu alone while included in the regional budget is the medical expenses that had incurred in cases of injuries during the conduct of the census, this is learned.

Enumerators hired were locally based in their areas of assignment being familiar with the place and the household residents.

NSO-7 Regional Director Atty. Lilia Tandoc previously revealed each enumerator is paid P231/daily with P120/daily fixed allowance to total P251/daily while team supervisors are paid P430/daily including the fixed allowance and the census area supervisors would get P490/daily also including the fixed allowance.

Tandoc said the data collected is an inventory of the total population that is divided into two categories namely the institutionalized population classified as people living in dormitories, military camps, hospitals etc. and the residential household population.

Other information the 2007 census population survey questionnaire focused on included educational attainment, occupation, place of work, roofing materials used and the exterior walls, appliances used and establishments and facilities present in the respective barangays.

Based on the last census conducted in 2000, the region's population is recorded at 5.7M where Cebu Province has the biggest chunk of the total regional population at 3.3M followed by Oriental Negros at 1.126T, Bohol with 1.113T and lastly, Siquijor with over 80T populace.

Tandoc said Central Visayas has an average annual population growth rate at 2.8 percent. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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