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Ifugao teachers conduct census in rice terraces

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (4 June) -- In the conduct of the national census, instead of in the houses, teachers here have to interview folks in the rice terraces.

DepEd Ifugao Division Superintendent Estella Carino said they received complaints from teachers of the absence of interviewees in their houses thus teachers who were hired by the National Statistics Office to conduct the said survey have to go to the rice fields in order to get the necessary information needed.

With the distance of houses and the topography of the province, Carino is seeking the help of local officials and the general public in ensuring the success of the 2010 Census of Population and Housing.

Carino said the Ifugao experience is a peculiar one because in some parts of the country, many teachers are experiencing difficulty in conducting the interviews with some families even refusing to let the teachers inside their homes.

"It's not the same here because people know each other and they have a high respect towards teachers here," Carino said. Its more on the geographical situation here that gives our teachers the difficulty in conducting the survey, she added.

Aside from the said complaint, Carino also cited problems on insufficient time since there is only one teacher assigned to cover the whole barangay. However, Carino was overwhelmed with the trust and confidence the NSO has given to the DepEd in conducting this year's census.

The DepEd has deployed about 75,000 teachers nationwide for the 2010 Census. This is in support to the National Statistics Office's goal to provide government planners, policy makers, and administrators with accurate and timely data on which to base their plans and programs. An accurate and timely census on population and housing is important for government's economic planning and budget allocation for various programs.

Section 4 of Commonwealth Act 591 states that any information obtained in the interview will be held strictly confidential and will not be shared with a third party except the NSO.

The 2010 Census will obtain a complete count of Philippine population, demographic characteristics (population density, ethnicity, education level, health, economic status, and geographic distribution in the Philippines. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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