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Region IV-B embraces 2010 Census of Population

Calapan City (24 May) -- About 1,982 trained census interviewers, 389 team supervisors and 111 census area supervisors augment the field personnel of the National Statistics Office (NSO) Region IV-B as the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (2010 CPH) is targeted from May 17 to June 11, 2010. The 2010 CPH is the 13th census of population and 6th census of housing in the country.

As provided for by Section 7 of Batas Pambansa (BP) Blg. 72, public school teachers shall act as enumerators in the decennial census.

"They will play the major role of gathering and accomplishing the census forms. Thus, last April, they underwent a week of extensive training to ensure that the information that they will collect are correct, complete and strictly in accordance with the instructions, concepts and definitions as discussed in the 2010 CPH Enumerator's Manual."

The census will take an inventory of the total population and housing units and collect information about its demographic, social and economic characteristics as of May 1, 2010 (12:01 a.m.) through personal interview in the 1,258 barangays or about 2,008 enumeration areas in the region. For easy recognition of enumerators, majority of them are public school teachers from the Department of Education, will be wearing official 2010 CPH identification cards as they knock on every housing unit and interview each household.

"The interview will take only about 15 to 30 minutes. We would like to assure everybody that all information from the census will be held strictly confidential as guaranteed by Section 4 of Commonwealth Act. No. 591 and Section 9 of BP 72. What the NSO publish are only summaries of statistical tables in which no reference whatsoever will be made to particular individuals or households."

Included in the census are all residents of the country, both Filipinos and foreigners, who have stayed or are expected to stay for at least a year in the Philippines and their dwellings. Also included are Filipino overseas workers who are away as of May 1 but are expected to be back within five years.

The March 2, 1903 Census of Population yielded a count of 179,800 persons living in the region. The latest Census of Population last August 2007 recorded that the region's population was 2,559,791.

Updated information on the size of the population will provide government planners, policy makers and administrators with data on which to base their social and economic development plans and program. It also serves, among others, as basis for 1) Internal Revenue Allotment for the local government units (LGUs); 2) apportionment of congressional seats for the legislative branch; 3) creation of new LGUs, i.e., provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays; and 4) conversion of a unit to higher level such as from a municipality into a city, among others. Business and industries use the statistical information from the census in determining 1) sites for establishing businesses; 2) consumer demands for various goods and services; 3) supply of labor for the production of goods and services.

The NSO will submit to the President of the Philippines for proclamation the population counts by barangay based on the 2010 CPH before the end of the year. These data will be made available in print and electronic copies. (PIA) [top]

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