Thursday, June 22, 2017

PSA to conduct labor force, poverty indicators survey in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, June 22 - The Philippine Statistics Authority – Regional Statistical Services Office XIII (PSA-Caraga) will conduct the July 2017 Labor Force Survey (LFS) and 2017 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS) from July 8 to 31, 2017.

The LFS is a nationwide survey of households conducted regularly to gather data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population.  It is primarily geared towards the estimation of the levels of employment and unemployment in the country.  It is conducted every first month of the quarter in the selected areas in the Philippines.

On the other hand, 2017 APIS is the tenth in a series of annual poverty indicators surveys conducted nationwide by PSA.  It gathers data that can be used to generate non-income-based poverty indicators for monitoring the poverty situation in the country and for the formulation of policies and programs to improve the living conditions of the poor.

On a nationwide level, the July 2017 LFS covers about 45,000 sample households, while the 2017 APIS will cover only around 11,000 sample households.  This sample size will allow the generation of reliable estimates of indicators of employment at the regional level.  In Caraga Region, our Statistical Researchers will be visiting around 2,128 sample households for LFS (of which 532 sample households will also be covered for APIS).

The PSA Field Staff and selected trained Statistical Researchers in Caraga will do a comprehensive door-to-door interview using tablets (Computer Aided Personal Interviewing or the use of tablets instead of paper and pencil during interview was first implemented on January 2017 LFS round) to the sample households during enumeration period.  The information collected shall be kept strictly confidential and shall not be used for purposes of taxation, investigation or regulation as provided under Article 55 of Republic Act 10625. (PSA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

MGB-13 targets more LGUs for coastal geohazard assessment

By Rubenar L. Cagubcob

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 22 (PIA) - The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 13 carried on with its Coastal Geohazard Assessment under the National Geohazard Assessment and Mapping Program.

The outputs of the asessment are shoreline shift maps that will give the public substantial information on coastal areas or shorelines that are prone to erosion and accretion. Threat advisories per purok and technical reports are also included in the expected outputs.

For the first quarter of 2017, the target municipalities of MGB-13 were Barobo, Lianga, Hinatuan and Bislig City in Surigao del Sur.

As for the second quarter, the municipality of Del Carmen in Surigao del Norte was assessed on May 31 to June 7, 2017. The municipality of Socorro, Surigao del Norte will be assessed by the third week of June 2017.

The Philippines has one of the longest coastlines in the world with an estimated extent of 36,289 kilometers. Approximately 46 percent of the total population in the country resides in coastal areas, directly or indirectly relying on coastal resources as source of livelihood, habitation, and recreation. Many of the coastal areas are inherently vulnerable to coastal hazards – geographically or by geologic setting. (MGB XIII/PIA-Surigao del Norte)