Public urged to cooperate with census enumerators
By Rachelle M. Nessia
Dumaguete City (25 March) -- The National Statistics Office (NSO) here is urging the public to cooperate with census enumerators once the Census on Housing and Population takes off on May 17 until June 11, 2010.
Starting May 17, more than 900 teachers under the Department of Education in Negros Oriental will be deployed as census enumerators to all households across the province.
The enumerators will gather not only housing population details but housing characteristics as well.
OIC-Provincial Census Officer Engr. Ariel Fortuito of the National Statistics Office said that the reference date for this year's census is set at 12:01 a.m. of May 1, 2010. "All persons alive as of this reference date will be counted," he said during a briefing with members of the Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (ANOPIO) here.
Fortuito encouraged the information officers to conduct information drives in their respective areas so that household residents will be aware of the upcoming census and cooperate in providing accurate information to the enumerators.
He stressed the importance of being able to gather the correct data during the census. "This is not just a survey that can be taken for granted. All the data we gather is for an important purpose, so we don't want an under-enumeration or over-count. We just want a correct count of the census," said Fortuito.
He also warned that household respondents who refuse to give information or provide false information to census enumerators will be penalized as provided for by Sec. 3 of Commonwealth Act No. 591.
The data gathered during the census will provide government planners, policymakers and administrators with data on which to base social and economic development plans and programs.
The census statistics is also used in the allocation of resources and revenues and redistricting and apportionment of congressional seats for government, determination of sites for establishing business and consumer demands for goods and services and study of population growth and distribution as basis in preparing projections, among others.
The Census on Housing and Population is a nationwide undertaking of the NSO conducted every ten years in the country.
This will be the 13th census of population and the 6th census of housing done in the country since the first census in 1903.
The 2010 CPH data will be made available on Dec. 31, 2010 upon official proclamation of the president.
The data will also be made available electronically at www.census.gov.ph. (PIA) [top]