The meeting commenced with the presentation of the 2020 CPH initiated by Ms.Lovervelle C. Olaco. She explained the basic concepts and the uses and importance of the census undertaking.
In her presentation, she cited that R.A. 10625 also known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 mandates the PSA to be primarily responsible for all national censuses and surveys, sectoral statistics, consolidation on administrative recording systems and compilation of national accounts. In addition, she stated that Batas Pambansa Bilang 72 accords PSA the authority to conduct population censuses every ten (10) years without prejudice to any and all existing sectors.
Dr. Apura, announced the “month of May” as the National Census Month by reading the PSA Board Resolution No. 02, Series of 2019. She said that “the census is one of the most expensive undertaking of the PSA”. She also mentioned that the 2020 CPH is in accordance with the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Program adopted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
She then discussed the creation of the RCCB as stipulated in the PSA Board Resolution No. 05, Series of 2019, and tackled the composition and terms of reference.
Two agencies were included as additional members of RCCB Caraga namely; the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The Chamber of Commerce was also identified as the representative for private sector. It was also agreed that any communication to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will be passed through the Archbishop of Butuan City. The final composition of RCCB Caraga was declared by Atty. Uy.
The meeting also served as avenue to seek support for the upcoming census. Mr. Melchor B. Bautista, Chief Statistical Specialist of Statistical Operation and Coordination Division (SOCD) discussed the PSA Board Resolution No. 04, Series of 2019 “Enjoining Agencies to Provide Assistance for the Conduct of the 2020 CPH”. The meeting adjourned with the RCCB members enacting the tagline “Sama na, Census na!”
The 2020 CPH will be conducted by PSA all over the country in May 2020. It aims to provide government executives, policy and decision makers, and planners with updated population and housing data, which shall be used as bases for their social and economic development plans, policies, and programs and in the allocation of resources at various geographic levels.