PSA to conduct census in Sept

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    More than 100,000 enumerators and census supervisors will conduct the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (2020 CPH) all over the country, which will start this September, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

    The PSA said in a statement yesterday the census personnel all over the country will follow health and safety protocols like the wearing of face-masks, physical distancing and adherence to government health protocols.

    Census interviews will last for only 15 to 30 minutes per household.

    “Everyone is urged to participate in the 2020 Census of Population and Housing by providing truthful answers to the census questions,” the PSA said.

    The PSA said there are several ways to participate in the said census; face-to-face interview, use of self-administered questionnaire, over-the-phone interview or paper-assisted telephone interview or the computer-assisted web interview.

    The PSA is the agency agency tasked to execute Executive Order No. 352 where all households and institutional population will be enumerated to count all members and determine their respective demographics and socio-economic characteristics.

    The PSA will undertake the entire process of enumerating the Philippine population by collecting, compiling, evaluating, analyzing, publishing, and disseminating data, which will be achieved through the 2020 CPH.

    “The 2020 CPH aims to provide government executives and policy makers up-to-date information on population and housing that contributes to social and economic development plans, policies, projects, and programs,” the PSA said.

    “The results of the census will also be used to develop key strategies for population management. This will also be beneficial to businesses, industries and non-profit organizations, including research and academic institutions,” the agency added.

    Among the data to be gathered are sex, age, marital status, education, religion, ethnicity, disability, occupation, and records of birth and death.

    Information on main sources of water, electricity, fuel resources, housing units, garbage disposal, toilet facility, ICT devices, vehicles, and internet access will also be collected.

    “PSA assures the public that all responses to the 2020 CPH are confidential. The PSA will only release aggregated information from the census in the form of summaries or statistical tables. No data or tabulation may be produced to identify any household nor any individual,” the agency said.