During the 2020 Census of Population (2020 CPH) Virtual Press Launch, the Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA) Caraga urges the public to support and cooperate in the conduct of the census in September 2020. The launching was held on 28 August 2020 at 10:00 am via google meet and participated by media personnel and members of the Regional Census Coordinating Board (RCCB) and Regional Statistics Committee (RSC).
PSA Caraga Regional Director Rosalinda C. Apura announced that the census will be conducted by enumerators starting September 1, 2020. “Ako pod ginaawhag ang mga Caraganons to join us by answering the inquiries sa atong mga enumerators nga mag bisita kaninyo starting September 1” (I also urge the Caraganons to join us by answering the inquiries of our enumerators who will visit them starting September 1), RD Apura said.
The census is part of the PSA mandate and will be undertaken despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Safety measures and health protocols was emphasized during the training for the enumerators to observe such as wearing of PPEs and face shield. They must also observe social or physical distancing. RD Apura requested all Census Area Supervisors to bring thermal scanners during supervision and monitor the body temperature of their assigned enumerators. She also thanked the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga for providing the PSA around 3,000 pieces of face mask for the census personnel.
RD Apura urges everyone’s understanding and hoped to implement the census as scheduled. However, in case there are areas under strict quarantine or lockdown, the census can be deferred to another schedule which is much safer to do the enumeration activities.
The PSA will give households the following options to undergo the census: i) Paper-Assisted Personal Interview (PAPI) or a face-to-face interview that will take about 15-30 minutes; ii) filling-out of Self-Administered Questionnaires (SAQ); iii) Paper-Assisted Telephone Interview (PATI) or a telephone interview upon providing the enumerator with a phone number; and iv) Computer-Assisted Web Interview (CAWI) to be accomplished through online.
RD Apura shared that the respondents are obliged to give truthful and complete answers to any statistical inquiries as stipulated in the law. The information gathered from the census will be held strictly confidential. She emphasized that PSA will release data gathered in the form of summaries or statistical tables, in which no reference to an individual or establishment shall appear.
The 2020 CPH is designed primarily to take inventory of the total population and housing units in the Philippines. It aims to provide government planners, policy makers, and administrators with data on which to base their social and economic development plans and programs. (Contributed by: Presa P. Villarina, PSA RSSO XIII)
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