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NSO warns against census enumerators who fabricate answers

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (27 May) -- The National Statistics Office (NSO) Samar warned enumerators who fabricate answers.

A senior announcer of Radyo ng Bayan- DYOG told Ms Letecia Chu, Provincial Statistics Officer that an enumerator came to DYOG for a 'panawagan' (public address) urging three barangay chairmen of some remote barangays in Calbayog City for a meeting.

Said enumerator whose name was withheld allegedly asked for the Barangay Chairmen to come down from the hills as he could not go the barangay without a companion.

Ms Chu reacted saying, if the enumerator was thinking of asking the chairmen the questions in the census, he should be reprimanded.

"For one, the questions are numerous, it will be impossible for the 'appointed' respondent to memorize his constituents," Chu said.

"Besides, there are questions about the physical characteristics of the house which is an integral part of the census," she added.

The NSO chief suggested that If the enumerators are afraid to go where their assignment is, then they could use the public address to seek help from the barangay official as to company in going to the target areas.

Chu also informed that she learned of some enumerators who just sit in the barangay hall and summon the respondents.

"This, again," said Chu, "is another no-no in the conduct of the census."

Enumerators, PIA and DYOG learned are being monitored by NSO team leaders and DepEd supervisors.

Should some enumerators 'cheat' NSO will be able to tell through some safety measures they have formulated to discourage enumerators who are not truthful.

NSO added that these are some of their concerns which they immediately resolve to make the census smooth-sailing.

Another question aired by a listener has something to do with a boundary dispute in two barangays.

Chu said that the two chairmen are summoned to amicably settle the problem between them, if they don't, the area in dispute is added to the city or municipality and the barangay losses the additional IRA share.

Another solution is to elevate the matter to the City/Municipal Census Boards which are convened during census time.

Presently, NSO Samar has deployed close to 600 personnel to act as census enumerators, supervisors and team leaders.

Results of this year's census on population and housing will be announced by the President of the Republic of the Philippines come December 2010. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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