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4,105 enumerators eyed for CPH census in Region 8

By Jonnie H. Buenaventura

Tacloban City (10 February) -- With the incoming Census of Population and Housing (CPH) to be conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) in obtaining comprehensive data on the size of the population of the Philippines, its composition in terms of age, sex, and marital status, and their geographic distribution, they are in dire need of 3,310 Department of Education (DepEd) personnel to be utilized to compliment as Census Area Supervisor (CSA), Team Supervisor (TS) and Enumerator, and a total of 795 personnel to fill field enumerators to obtain the needed required data to successfully implement its activity.

According to Raul F. Dones, Regional Director, National Statistics Office (NSO-8), they are utilizing the expertise of teachers in gathering information or data because they have high confidence that they can deliver above par for they know the local populace and have an initial know-how to those target persons for they themselves are teachers for that area.

Dir. Dones further revealed that a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) had been entered between national officials of Department of Education (DepEd) and National Statistics Office (NSO) to ensure that DepEd personnel will be properly compensated and earn leave credits while serving.

Dir. Dones said that the Census of Population and Housing (CPH) will commence a week after 2010 National Elections and will end before the opening of classes in June. Such activity will start on May 17 and will end at June 14, 2010 to relieve teachers from worry which results from the conduct of national elections and focus another activity which give high impact on the status of the Philippines.

Dir. Dones assured that teachers and field enumerators will get Php. 13,000 or more during the duration of the census.

He is appealing to all citizens to extend assistance in the conduct of census by providing true, honest and accurate information to the enumerators to achieve the target date.

The reference date and time of the census is on May 1, 2010 at 12:01 a.m., which means that those born after May 1, 2010 is not included but only those born on or before May 1, 2010 is included but those who died after May 1, 2010 are deemed included.

Included in the enumeration are those who are alive as of 12:01 a.m of May 1, 2010 and who are, Filipino nationals permanently residing in the Philippines; Filipino nationals who, as of census date, are temporary at Philippine sea, or are temporary on vacation, business/pleasure trip or study/training abroad and are expected to be back within a year from the date of departure; Filipino overseas workers, including those on board ocean going vessels, who are away at the time of census and expected to be back within five years; Philippine government officials both military and civilian, including Philippine diplomatic personnel and their families, assigned abroad and; Civilian citizens of foreign countries having their usual residence in the Philippines or foreign visitors who have stayed or are expected to stay for at least a year from the date of their arrival in this country.

The Census of Housing and Population (CPH) is very important for it provide government planners, policy makers, and administrators with data on which to base their social and economic development plans and programs.

Such importance of CPH can also be attributed in the creation of political and administrative units within the context of Local Government Code of 1991 by specifying its population requirements thus provides, population of 2,000 for Barangay; 25,000 for Municipality; 150,000 for City; 150,000 for Independent Component City; 200,000 for Highly Urbanized City and 250,000 inhabitants for Province.

Accordingly, Batas Pambansa Blg. 72 and amended by Executive Order 121 provides for the taking of an integrated census every ten years since 1980.

The last CPH was conducted on 2000 and in 2007 census of population was conducted.

This is the 13th population census and 6th housing census which started in 1903.

Last year of August 1, 2007 census of population was conducted and the total population of the Philippines was officially 88.57 Million inhabitants. (PIA-8) [top]

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