3.08.2010

PIA News Service - Tuesday, March 9, 2010

NSO readies public for Census of Population and Housing
By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The Regional Census Coordinating Board (RCCB) headed by the National Statistics office (NSO) Caraga Region, convened recently with representatives from the government line agencies, private stakeholders and academe for the updates of the scheduled enumeration of the Census of Population and Housing (CPH) from May 17 to June 11, 2010 nationwide.

During the convening, NSO-Caraga Regional Statistician Reynelo Magno explained what is CPH, its purpose, objectives, and legal basis in conducting the 2010 CPH. 

Magno said that CPH refers to the entire process of collecting, compiling, evaluating, analyzing, and disseminating data about the population and the living quarters in a country. It entails the listing and recording of the characteristics of each individual and each living quarter as of a specified time and within a specified territory. It is designed to take an inventory of the total population and housing units in the Philippines and to collect information about their characteristics.

“The 2010 CPH will be conducted to provide government planners, policy makers, and administrators with data on which to base their social and economic development plans and programs,” Magno added.

As to the legal bases of NSO for conducting the 2010 CPH, Magno bared that legal bases are: Section 2 of Commonwealth Act No. 591 approved on August 19, 1940 authorizes the Bureau of the Census and Statistics (now the NSO) to collect by enumeration, sampling or other methods, statistics and other information concerning the population and to conduct, for statistical purposes, investigations and studies of social and economic conditions in the country, among others.

Also, as per Batas Pambansa Bilang 72 which was passed into law on June 11, 1980, further records the NSO the authority to conduct population censuses every ten years beginning in 1980, without prejudice to the undertaking of special censuses on agriculture, industry, commerce, housing, and other sectors as may be approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA); as per Executive Order No. 121, otherwise known as the Reorganization Act of the Philippine Statistical System, which was issued on January 30, 1987, declares the NSO as the major statistical agency responsible for generating general purpose statistics and for undertaking such censuses and surveys as may be designated by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB).

Magno further said that May 1, 2010 (12:01 am) is the census reference date for the 2010 CPH, which means that all population counts to be recorded shall pertain to this date and time.

When asked when the census enumeration will start, Magno stressed that Census taking will begin on May 17, 2010 and will last for about 23 days. “About 85 thousand census personnel including enumerators, team supervisors, census area supervisors, and assistant census area will be mobilized for the nationwide undertaking,” Magno said.

Meanwhile, NSO-Caraga Regional Director Rosalinda Celeste pointed out that pursuant to BP 72, public school teachers shall be utilized for the 2010 CPH. To augment the manpower requirements of the census, the NSO shall also hire enumerators from the locality. All personnel that will be involved in 2010 CPH shall be provided with proper identification cards duly signed by the NSO Administrator or her authorized representative.

“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 enumerators. In special areas wherein personal interview is not possible, the respondent will be asked to accomplish the 2010 CPH questionnaire following specific instructions that will be provided by the enumerators as guide,” Dir. Celeste said.

Dir. Celeste emphasized that as per Section 4 of Commonwealth Act No. 591 guarantess that any information obtained during the enumeration shall be held strictly confidential and must not be communicated to any other person except to bonifide employees of the NSO.

When asked if there is a penalty for refusing to give information or providing false information to census enumerators, Dir. Celeste revealed that based on Section 3 of Commonwealth Act No. 591, it provides penalty, upon conviction, to any person who unjustifiably refuses to provide answers in the census questionnaire, or to anybody who knowingly gives false or wrong information.  

With the updates/information that the NSO is disseminating to the communities, Dir. Celeste with all the concerned agencies are hoping for the public’s full participation for the conduct of the 2010 CPH. (PIA-Caraga)  
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GADCC prepared various activities for women
By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The Regional Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) Caraga prepares various activities for all the women and also men participants, this was learned during a press conference recently held at the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Caraga Conference Room, this city, in line with the Women’s Month celebration which is celebrated this month (March 2010).

GADCC Chairperson and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor stressed that this year’s theme “Babae, Tagumpay ka ng Bayan”, highlights women’s achievement in paving the way for women’s advancement and empowerment amidst major challenges. 

It also celebrates the success of women’s commitment to pursue equality which resulted in the enactment of the Magna Carta of Women (a comprehensive women’s human rights law which serves as the national translation of the UN CEDAW, the International Bill of Rights for Women) and the achievements in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) and those related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

Atty. Pintor further said that GADCC was formed in 1998 thru the Regional Development Council (RDC) Resolution No. 38, Series of 1998 placing the committee under the RDC.

“GADCC started spearheading the celebration of the Women’s Month from then on,” Atty. Pintor said.

Also, Atty. Pintor revealed that main objectives of the celebration are: to increase understanding of micro-entrepreneurs, partners from government agencies, non-government organizations, academe and the private sector on micro-enterprise development, government programs and services that respond to the issues and concerns of the Filipino women, including but not limited to women’s rights, environment, family and work life balance; inculcate knowledge among partners from government agencies, non-government organizations and the private sector on the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Magna Carta of Women; and increase awareness of the general public on the platforms of the presidentiables to advance the status of women which can be the basis of holding them accountable in case they win the election.

The first day of March marked the opening ceremony of the women’s month celebration which highlighted with a “walk for a cause” from China Bank, J.C. Aquino Avenue going to Libertad Sports Complex, this city. A “plant for a cause” was conducted on March 5 at Ambago Elementary School, Butuan City. 

Also, Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan VI was the latest activity conducted this week, considered as a venue for technology transfer for livelihood opportunities and skills development, trade fair, ukay-ukay, GAD film showing, beauty and massage parlors, parlor games, and creates a venue for information dissemination on GAD issues and concerns, held at Balanghai Hotel, this city.

Meanwhile, upcoming activities like the “Candidates’ Forum on their agenda for women/GAD”, with candidates from Butuan City and Agusan del Norte is set on March 16, while the Sportsfest and Culmination Activity is scheduled on March 30, 2010 at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) grounds.  

Atty. Pintor encourages the public especially the women to participate in the activities lined-up by GADCC to show importance of women’s existence. (PIA-Caraga)

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50 OFWs received “Kabuhayan Starter Kit” from DOLE in Surigao del Sur
By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan
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Tandag City, Surigao del Sur (Mar 9)
– 50 former Overseas Foreign Workers (OFWs) beneficiaries recently received a “Starter Kit” under the “Kabuhayan Program” of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in San Miguel, this province.

Each Starter kit costs P4,000.00 according to Nancy Elizalde, Community Development officer.

In an information coming from Community Development Information Officer (CDIO) Nancy Elizalde, the local government of San Miguel headed by Mayor Alfeo Perez, supported the program by conducting several trainings to qualified unemployed OFWs in the said municipality. 

The trainings conducted were the following: massage, cosmetology, electrician and plumbing. The training program focused on hands on and lecture that were simultaneously held in the area.

The DOLE “Kabuhayan Program” is under the Capacity Building Services for Livelihood, and a priority project of the Arroyo Administration to enhance capacity building for livelihood to unemployed OFWs. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)
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DENR-13 bags best exhibit award
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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Caraga was adjudged the “Best Exhibitor – Regional Line Agency Category” in WOW Caraga! 2nd Calagan Festival Celebration held recently at the Provincial Sports Complex in Surigao City on February 23-27.
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DENR-Caraga Regional Executive Director Edilberto S. Buiser said the award is a testament to the good public service provided by the DENR personnel headed by Regional Technical Director Mario L. Eludo of the Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS).
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“The DENR’s participation is one way of helping mitigating climate change, through information and education, to help save our Planet Earth by urging people to be compassionate, caring and protective of our rich natural endowments,” RED Buiser added.
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RTD Eludo meanwhile, said that DENR bested 42 other exhibitors by showcasing the region’s rich biodiversity highlighted by world-class eco-tourism sites presented in a stunning audio-video media technology, by drawing an average of 150 visitor-registrants a day from the academe, studentry, various local government officials, religious and civil-society advocates, businessmen, environmentalists, and domestic and foreign tourists.
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“Our exhibition is in line with this year’s observance of the International Year of Biodiversity. Its slogan: ‘Conserve Biodiversity, Save Humanity’ is potent but clear enough to be understood even by children that our biodiversity (nature) is elemental to humanity’s survival in the face of climate change’s fearful backlash,” RTD Eludo said.
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The 2nd Calagan Festival Celebration is spearheaded by the Department of Tourism. (Ronnel LMV G. Calo, DENR-13/ PIA-Caraga)