PIA News Service - Tuesday, October 8, 2013

NSO prepares for October 2013 labor force, overseas Filipinos surveys

By Villa Bayotas

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 8 (PIA) - The National Statistics Office (NSO) Caraga will conduct the October 2013 Labor Force Survey together with the 2013 Survey on Overseas Filipinos from October 8 to 31, 2013.

The Labor Force Survey (LFS) is a nationwide quarterly survey of households conducted by the NSO to gather data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population.

The LFS aims to provide a quantitative framework for the preparations of plans and formulation of policies affecting the labor market. Specifically, the LFS is designed to collect information on the following: Distribution of household population 15 years old and over, by employment status, by sex, and age group; Distribution of employed persons by major occupation group, major industry group, class of worker, number of hours worked, highest grade completed, nature of employment, and by sex; Distribution of underemployed persons by total hours worked, major occupation group, class of worker, and by sex; and  Distribution of unemployed persons by age group, highest grade completed, by  number of weeks looking for work, job search method, and by sex.

The 2013 Survey on Overseas Filipinos (SOF) will also be undertaken as a rider to the LFS, this is a nationwide sample survey that seeks to gather information on Filipino citizens who left for abroad during the last five years.

The SOF aims to provide data on overseas Filipinos particularly the OCWs and their contribution to the economy. Specifically, the survey hast the following objectives: to obtain national estimates on the number of overseas Filipinos including overseas workers and their socio-economic characteristics; and to provide estimates on the amount of cash and in kind transfer received by the families and mode of remittances;

For purposes of the survey, only those family members who traveled outside of the Philippines within the period October 2008 to September 2013 for any reasons are included.

The October 2013 LFS and 2013 SOF will use four replicates of the 2003 Master  Sample, covering 3,649 enumeration areas (EAs) and about 50,000 households  nationwide. This sample size will allow the generation of reliable estimates of indicators of employment at the regional level and number of overseas Filipinos at the national level.


In Caraga, NSO Field Staff and selected trained Statistical Researchers will do a comprehensive door-to-door interview to the sample households during enumeration period. NSO would like to assure the respondents that all information furnished to the SRs are strictly confidential and shall not be used as evidence in court for purposes of taxation, regulation or investigation as provided for in Section 4 of Commonwealth Act No. 591. (NCLM/NSO-13/PIA-Caraga)