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Samar NSO deploys 550 enumerators for POPCEN 2010

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbaloan City (18 May) -- As the population census (POPCEN) 2010 starts today, May 17, the National Statistics Office (NSO) ?Samar has deployed some 550 enumerators and supervisors to cover all households of Samar province.

In a talk with Samar's NSO Provincial Statistics Officer, Letecia Chu, she said that most of these enumerators are public school teachers.

"The census will be conducted from May 17 to June 12," explained Chu.

The last census done in 2007 recorded some 88.6 M Filipinos while 76.5 M Filipinos were reported in the year 2000.

"The regular census is done every ten years but some LGUs request for mid ?decade census to upgrade their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA)," added the NSO chief in Samar.

The census on population and housing (CPH) is designed to take an inventory of the total population and housing units in the country and collect information about their characteristics.

The census also gave way to a Presidential Proclamation entitled "Declaring May, 2010 as National Census Month" to highlight the significance and importance of the census undertaking.

In support, some government agencies hung some streamers announcing this important activity.

Another support provided is the composition of the Regional, Provincial, City and Municipal Census Coordinating Boards to assist NSO.

Census enumerators will gather the data through house-to-house visits and personal interview of the household head or any responsible member of the household.

Similarly, institutional population living in institutional living quarters such as hospitals, sanitaria, penitentiary, military camps, convents, seminaries and others shall also be visited by the enumerators.

Ms Chu is seeking the help of the media to disseminate the information to the public to gain support and cooperation from the target population.

The public is reminded to cooperate with enumerators to be make sure they are included in the 2010 census drumbeating "kabilang ako!" (trans: I am included!) (PIA-Samar) [top]

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