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NSO asks for cooperation to speedy 2010 census

Tagbilaran City (24 May) -- Government statistics office is asking for cooperation from people as a swarm of enumerators get to the field from May 17 to June 10 to gather population and housing data.

The information generated from the once-in-a-decade census would help government socio-economic planners base development plans and policies, says Provincial Statistics Officer Jessamyn Anne Alcazaren recently.

Speaking at the weekly Kapihan sa PIA aired live over DyTR, Alcazaren and National Statistics Office (NSO) Regional Director, Engr. Ariel Florendo said a delayed census may dent on the schools in as much as census enumerators are teachers who would be opening the classes on June 14.

The census ran from may 17 to June 11, and within this span, the census should have been completed, Alcazaren said.

Florendo, who was there for the Kapihan also explained that as mandated by law, 1265 enumerators to cover the whole province would be gathering data on this year's census on population and housing.

With only about 20 days to get the job done and conscious of factors that could also hamper speedy flow of information from respondents to census takers, Alcazaren, who has been with NSO Bohol for quite some time said houses in far flung barangays do not allow enumerators from getting the computed average daily coverage.

Couple that with the usual adamant respondents fearing the census could be basis for taxation, NSO authorities then echo the call during the weekly forum.

All the questions would only be population and housing and no questions would be asked about incomes, Alcazaren assures.

Besides, all information given by the respondents are deemed confidential and could not be divulged, stresses Engr. Florendo.

Data to be asked are names of household occupants, sexes, dates of birth, ages, birth registration, status, religion, citizenship, and ethnicity. Also to be asked would be household residents since five years age and highest grades completed.

As to housing census, enumerators rate the type of building, construction materials used, year the building was erected, floor area and tenurial status of the lot.

Knowing the questions ahead can be one way of facilitating the census, points out the lady provincial statistician.

Keep the data ahead so that when the enumerators knock, you would just breeze through the questions, she adviced. (PIA-Bohol) [top]

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