Tuesday, July 5, 2016

PSA embarks on Annual
Poverty Indicator Survey

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 4, (PIA)—Be honest in responding to the questionaires, pleaded Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Bohol Statistician Jessamyne Anne Alcazaren during the recent Kapihan sa PIA.

This as the PSA embarks sometime between July 11 to August 2, the Labor Force Survey-Annual Poverty Indicator Survey (LFS-APIS) with trained enumerators extracting the data from heads of families or their spouses as respondents.

“No one in the household is more knowledgeable in the family’s spending patterns,” she explained.

The PSA is primarily responsible for the implementation of the provisions of R.A. 10625, especially in planning, developing, prescribing, disseminating and enforcing policies, rules and regulations and coordinate government-wide programs governing the production of official statistics, general-purpose statistics, and civil registration services, the PSA website states.

At that, it is primarily responsible for all national censuses and surveys, sectoral statistics, consolidation of selected administrative recording systems and compilation of national accounts.

The APIS is a nationwide sample survey designed to provide information on the different indicators related to poverty.

“APIS aims to provide inputs to the development of an integrated poverty indicator and monitoring system which would enhance timely, accurate and consistent production of poverty-related data that can be used at the national levels,” the website states.

APIS supplements identification of the poor families through the use of non-income indicators, providing information on the socio-economic profile of families and other information relating to their living conditions.

According to the PSA, the data from the survey are demographic and economic characteristics, health status and education of the family members; awareness and use of family planning methods; housing, water and sanitation condition of the families; availment of credit to finance the family business or enterprise; and income and expenditures of the family.

In survey enumerations like the APIS, PSA knows that many respondents find it inconvenient to respond to the questions thinking it entails income and expenditures.

“It is not for taxation purposes,” assures PSA Bohol, shutting respondent’s fears about taxation.      

In fact, the PSA chief assured that their enumerators would treat survey responses with a high degree of confidentiality.

“This treatment also puts enumerators in the risk of imprisonment should they be proven to have shared vital information,” Alcazaren advanced the information.

“These people are bound by law to maintain strict confidentiality,” she said as she presses on the right information to generate useful data. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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