Monday, June 5, 2017

PSA assures: ASPBI survey 
just sampling, not taxation 

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 2, (PIA)--It is nothing personal; the Annual Survey of Philippine Businessmen and Industry (ASPBI) ongoing in Bohol until the end of June, is just like any sample-based surveys and not anything near what respondents fear. 

Thus assures the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) through provincial Statistician Jessamyne Anne Alcazaren, clarifying issues especially fears that information gathered during the survey would end up used against respondents. 

The ASPBI allows the government the crafting of key measures on levels, structure and performance trends of businesses and industries that would be useful in planning and policy formulation by both government and the private sectors. 

To do this, the ASPBI asks for information from business and industries including financial statements and business operational details which often lead people to doubt if the data revealed goes to other interest groups. 

At the Kapihan sa PIA, the PSA shared that one of their stumbling blocks in the continuing survey is the reluctance of business and industries to respond to the questionaires for fear that the information they reveal would be used by the government in tax purposes against them. 

Along with the reassurance, the PSA also urges respondents to truthfully provide the data. 

PSA noticed that some respondents filter data to possibly reduce their financial statements. 

This alone telegraphs to the PSA that respondents think of the survey attempting to generate these data would use this to beef up the tax database, to which PSA stresses, its faulty assumption. 

Besides, PSA officials and employees are aware of the confidentiality provision that envelopes their activities and protects their respondents, PSA said. 

To increase the chance of getting reliable information, Commonwealth Act 591 defines the parameters by which the office works, and provides reassurance that no information relating to the respondent or respondents are given out, PSA in their website also reiterates. 

Alcazaren bared that in Bohol, only a little over 270 business and industries are included in the APSBI, them being identified through a national and regional sampling method. 

As such, not all businesses and industries in Bohol are included, and that chosen respondents see this as unfair, saying everyone should be in it. 

But the PSA said the survey uses a sampling method and picks only a representative portion of the total. 

As the survey posts around 63% compliance since the ASPBI started in May, PSA said their biggest obstacle is generating the proper data on time, with respondents refraining from giving out the data. 

The adamant response however could also be because respondents do not know how to fill up the data properly, adds PSA information Officer Emmanuel Galab. 

But, Galab said the survey questionaire also includes a manual of sorts, to guide respondents on how to correctly fill up the necessary information. 

The PSA has hired 8 enumerators and 2 regular staff to conduct the visits to businesses and industries if only to goad them to respond and get good data, adds Alcazaren. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
Nothing personal, really assures PSA Bohol statistician Jessamyne Anne Alcazaren who came to the Kapihan to assuage fears among business and industry stakeholders that the ongoing Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry demanding their financial statements can be a way to exact tax and go after tax cheats. It’s a sampled survey, and the PSA is duty bound for confidentiality, she added. With her is statistical specialist Jocelyn Sarmiento. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol.

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