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Teachers conducting census urged to have more patience

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (2 June) -- Aklan's top Department of Education (DepEd) official here appealed to teachers conducting the 2010 Census of Population and Housing in various areas of the province to have more patience in doing their tasks.

According to Dr. Victorina Laroza, Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd-Aklan, some teachers conducting the house-to-house census complained to her of difficulties in obtaining data from households required for the census, the extreme heat they suffer from daily as well as the danger in trudging remote and upland areas in the conduct of their assignement.

"I pity the teachers who are made to return again and again to households that refuse to give them the needed data. Teachers who told me this problem said these households are even located in urban areas, yet the people are not so receptive to the project," Dr. Laroza related.

Dr. Laroza said that in contrast, people in remote barangays gave the teachers a warmer reception, and readily provided the data asked from them.

"Even as I pity the teachers and fear for their safety, I appeal to them to be more patient, and finish their tasks at the appointed time. Our teachers are already exhausted - they rendered duties in last month's automated elections, and after the census, the school year opens," she said.

Dr. Laroza said teachers are singled out to do various duties by the government besides teaching because of their patience.

The Census of Population and Housing started on May 17, 2010, a week after the national and local elections and will be up to June 11.

Aside from public school teachers, the National Statistics Office (NSO) also hired other private enumerators to conduct the 2010 Census, which is a flagship project of the agency - results of which will be used for economic planning and as database for the country's other programs and projects. (PIA) [top]

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