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Southern Leyte nears completion of census on population and housing

By Bong Pedalino

Southern Leyte (June 4) -- This province?s manual count of residents, which has been undertaken since last month, May 17, is now about 80% over, according to the provincial office of the National Statistics Office (NSO), the government agency spearheading this year?s regular Census on Population and Housing (CPH).

Nestor Tabasa, provincial Statistics Officer, said the ongoing census was comprehensive in nature as it also covered queries on housing, occupation, and building in addition to the usual items on demographics data, such as age, gender among the respondents.

About 300 enumerators have been going the rounds in the various barangays around the province gathering the required data, and most of these census-takers were teachers, while others were hired by the NSO, Tabasa disclosed.

Deadline for this year?s CPH will be on June 11, Tabasa added.

Counting of population as well as getting other related data, like housing situationer, has been a regular government activity every ten years, the year usually ending in "0", but every once in a while a number of lawmakers passed a measure for conducting mid-decade census.

For this decade, the mid-decade census took place in August, 2007, in which the population of Southern Leyte was placed at 390,847.

Tabasa said he expected an increase in the population for the province as the result of the current CPH, adding that the reference period for the present listing was on May 1, a time when students studying in other places are coming home for vacation, unlike in 2007 where the students were counted in the areas where they were boarding.

But he declined to state by way of estimate how much percentage the increase might be.

It was learned that final results of the census will be announced before the year ends, at most by December.

Figures taken from the census usually served as a tool for policy makers, government planners, and investors in coming up with whatever development strategy that best suits their respective purposes.

So far, this has been the 13th nationwide census on population, and the 6th census on housing, it was learned. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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