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Gov't does another census in May

Manila (19 February) -- THE government is conducting its nationwide 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) this May, making the month possibly the heaviest non-class task the teachers may get into.

Accrding to Batas Pambansa Bilang 72, public school teachers are used for the 2010 census.

To augment manpower requirements however, NSO can hire additional enumerators.

Census enumerators take data through house-to-house visits and personal interview of the household head or any responsible member of the household, shared local office of the National Statistics Office (NSO), who is also in the heat of preparations.

Institutional living quarters such as hospitals, sanitaria, penitentiary, military camps, convents, seminaries shall also be visited by the enumerators.

Census refers to the entire process of collecting, compiling, evaluating, publishing and disseminating data about the population and housing in the country.

It involves listing and recording of the characteristics of each individual and each living quarter as of a specified time within a specified territory.

The law authorizes the National Statistics Office to collect by enumeration, sampling or other methods, statistics and other information concerning the population and to conduct, for statistical purposes, investigation and studies of social and economic conditions in the country.

A later law further tasks the NSO to conduct population censuses every ten years, without prejudice to the undertaking of special censuses on agriculture, industry, commerce, housing and other sectors as may be approved by the National Economic and Development Authority.

Research shows that censuses are intended to take an inventory of the total population and housing units in the country and to collect information about their characteristics.

But the census usually use the services of teachers, who may have other preoccupations at the time with the first automated elections giving them the usual "birth pains", observers said.

The government undertakes the census to provide planners, policy makers, and administrators with data on which to base their plans, programs and projects to meet their objectives.

For governments, census statistics is useful for redistricting and apportionment of congressional seats; allocation of government resources; creation of political or administrative units; formulation of policies and plans concerning population and preparation of programs and projects for the delivery of basic services for health, education, and housing.

In business and industry, census data is used to pinpoint best sites for new business establishments; determine of consumer demands for various goods and services; and measure the supply of labor that business needs for the production of goods and services. (PIA) [top]

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