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NSO warns against "census pretenders"

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (27 May) -- The National Statistics Office (NSO) here is warning Aklanons about people pretending to be part of the team conducting census as they are out to fleece the households of their money, doing their undesirable activities in time for the conduct of the 2010 Census of Population and Housing.

Blas Solidum, Provincial Statistics Officer of NSO-Aklan said enumerators hired by the office to conduct the census complained that residents in a municipality no longer like to entertain them and answer their survey questions.

"These residents said people from the NSO have already gone to them, have asked them questions and offered them certain merchandise. They were also asked to give down payments and were promised to return with the goods but they never came back. So residents have lost their trust, to the disadvantage of the bonafide census enumerators, and the smooth conduct of the activity.," said Solidum.

These persons pretending to be conducting the census allegedly offer gadgets that could help reduce power consumption in the households, according to Solidum.

Solidum emphasized that the enumerators composed of public school teachers and other professionals hired by the NSO sport proper identification cards, T-shirt/uniforms and umbrellas when they go to their places of assignments.

As in other parts of the country, the census started May 17, a week after the automated national and local elections, and will be over by June 11.

"Our enumerators are only out to get data and not to offer any merchandise to household interviewees," Solidum said.

Complaints of the same kind also plagued the provinces of Capiz and Iloilo, according to NSO-Aklan.

The outcome of the 2010 Census of Population and Housing which the NSO tags as its flagship project, is widely anticipated in Aklan, as this would determine if the province would finally be divided into two districts.

A more progressive Aklan is foreseen if the province will have two districts with two Congress representatives working for further development of Aklan and its people. (PIA) [top]

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