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NSO-X starts 2010 census of population and housing

by Janinah Jimmin M. Molina

Cagayan de Oro City (17 May) -- The National Statistics Office (NSO) kicked off its 2010 census of population and housing today.

This activity is being implemented every 10 years.

"Our census enumerators are school teachers as well as some hired enumerators," said Marilou Igdon, NSO Provincial Statistics Officer.

Igdon stressed that enumerators are identifiable through IDs and pink paraphernalia such as bags and umbrellas. This would enable respondents to distinguish between a legitimate census enumerator and a probable scammer. She also accentuated that data gathered will be considered confidential.

"Today is the first day of the enumeration and it will last until June 11. We have 800 teachers involved in Misamis Oriental," she added.

Census enumerators are not merely teachers but college graduates or at least those at 2nd year college level.

To understand the concept of the census activity, enumerators would have to undergo a five-day training.

Igdon also disclosed that in Cagayan de Oro City, enumerators must finish 17 households a day.

"The district supervisors are the census area supervisors, the principals will work as team supervisors and the classroom teachers as the enumerators," she indicated. The census of population and housing will be conducted for a period of 20 days all over the country.

Meanwhile, Governor Oscar Moreno of Misamis Oriental persuaded the public to support the NSO population survey. He made it clear that the data gathered from the census will be significant in terms of decision making and planning.

Thus, he said, "The census activity is very crucial in getting information which is relevant in economic forecasting and planning."

Governor Moreno is the chairman of the provincial census board and is also the 1st 2010 NSO population survey respondent in Misamis Oriental. (XU DevCom/PIA) [top]

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