Feature: 2010 census of population and housing
by A. Lumaque
Roxas City (23 March) -- The 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) is a nationwide undertaking of the National Statistics Office (NSO) that will begin on May 17, 2010 and will last for about 23 days.
It will involve about 85 thousand census personnel including enumerators, team supervisors, census area supervisors, and assistant census area supervisors that will be mobilized for the mission.
The census, which has set May 1, 2010 as reference date, will include the entire process of collecting, compiling, evaluating, analyzing, publishing, and disseminating data about the population and the living quarters in a country.
It will be the 13th census of population and the 6th census of housing that will be conducted in the country since the first census was undertaken in 1903.
CPH entails the listing and recording of the characteristics of each individual and each living quarter as of a specified time and within a specified territory to take an inventory of the total population and housing units in the Philippines and to collect information about their characteristics.
Census enumerators will gather the data through house-to house visits and personal interview of the household head or any responsible member of the household.
Similarly, institutional population living in Institutional living quarters such as hospitals, sanitaria, penitentiary, military camps, convents, seminaries, and others shall also be visited by enumerators.
In special areas wherein personal interview is not possible, the respondent will be asked to accomplish the 2010 CPH questionnaire following specific instructions that will be provided by the enumerators as guide.
The CPH result will provide government planners, policy makers, and administrators with data on which to base their social and economic development plans and prgrams.
Specifically, the result will be a basis for redistricting and apportionment of congressional seats, allocation of resources and revenues, creation of political and administrative units, formulation of policies and plans concerning population and formulation of programs relative to the delivery of basic sevices for health, education, and housing, among others.
In business and industry, the statistics will determine sites for establishing businesses, consumer demands for various goods and services and supply of labor for the production of goods and services.
The count will also serve as basis for study of population growth and distribution with respect to project preparations, conduct of researches on population and other disciplines and serve as sample frame for household-based surveys in the research and academic institutions. (PIA/NSO CPH primer) [top]