Cebuano News: PSA mihangyo’g kooperasyon, suporta sa 2020

By Leandria Pagunsan

Si Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Provincial Director Engr. Ariel Fortuito (tunga) nanghangyo sa katawhan sa pagsuporta ug kooperasyon sa pagpatuman sa 2020 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) nga magsugod sa May 2020. (lpp/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

Naga-awhan og nanghangyo og kooperasyon ug suporta ang Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) pinangulohan ni Provincial Director Engineer Ariel Fortuito nagdto sa katawhan sa Negros Oriental sa ipahigayong 2020 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) karong umalabot nga bulan sa Mayo 2020.

Sa gipahigayon nga Kapihan  sa PIA forum bag-ohay lang, si Fortuito namahayag nga ang CPH sugdan karong Mayo 4, 2020 sa tibook nasud ug gi bana-bana nga mokuha ug 100,000 ka enumerators diin kadaghanan niini langkoban sa mga maestra sa Department of Education.

Mihangyo si Fortuito sa publiko nga dawaton ug pasudlon sa ilang mga panimalay ang mga enumerators, hiktan ang mga iro ug tubagon sa insakto ang mga pangutana aron makuha ang insakto nga mga datus nga gikinahanglan sa PSA.

Makig dugtong usab ang PSA sa lokal nga buhatan sa DepEd aron mahibaw-an kung pila ka magtutudlo ang makuha isip enumerators.

Subay niini gipahibalo ni Fortuito nga ang training alang sa mga enumerators, supervisors ug uban pa nga personnel alang sa himoong 2020 CPH sugdan karong Marso 30 lahos sa Mayo 2, 2020.

Kasamtangan dugang nga himoon sa PSA ang pag pahigayon ug “massive information dissemination” aron masayran sa publiko ang kabahin sa census.

Gipaniguro usab sa PSA nga ang tanang impormasyon nga makuha gikan sa 2020 CPH himoong “strictly confidential.”

PSA: PhilSys will not divulge info on personal matters

By Roi Lomotan

PSA-NegOr Supervising Statistical Specialist Felida Generoso (with mic) assures the public that PhilSys will not contain nor disclose information on a person’s wealth or other personal matters apart from their demographic data and biometrics. Generoso discussed this in a Kapihan Forum held Jan. 15, 2019 at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City. (KAT/PIA7-NegOr)

Officials from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Negros Oriental assured the public that the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) identification cards will not contain nor divulge information regarding a person’s wealth, number of assets, and other personal information.

PSA Supervising Statistical Specialist Felida Generoso made the clarification in a recent multi-sectoral forum organized by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here.

“Naa man gyud uban notion na ‘hala! Ang akong privacy wala na. Basin makuha ang akong mga kwarta sa bangko. Basin makit-an ang akong mga kaso.’ Ang atong timan-an na kining ID nato, ID ra gyud siya. Identification card ra gyud ni siya kung kinsa ka: Who you are and who you claim to be (Therese are several notions about this. It’s either this could invade a person’s privacy or enable others to have access to a person’s bank account and get their money, or expose cases that the person is involved in. We have to bear in mind that this is just an ID. It is proof of your identification, of who you are, and who you claim to be),” Generoso explained.

She said the identification card, which is also called PhilID, will only contain information on a person’s full name, date of birth, sex, blood type, and some biometric features such as iris scans and fingerprints.

On the other hand, the address and civil status of an individual will be optional since these are “transitory.”

Females will also be given the chance to choose to use their maiden surname or current family name in their PhilIDs.

“This is intended for identification,” said Generoso.

Pursuant to R.A. 11055, the primary objective of PhilSys is to provide a valid proof of identity for citizens and resident aliens living in the country as means of simplifying transactions in public and private offices.

The law adds that PhilSys also “aims to eliminate the need to present other forms of identification when transacting with the government and the private transactions.”

Social Security System (SSS) Dumaguete Branch Manager Elisa Llavan said in the same forum that this is a welcome development for the agency.

Dakong tabang gyud siya because sa transaction sa office as government agency naggikinahanglan gyud mi ug IDs. Kung wala silang SSS IDs we will require them to submit at least two valid IDs. Kasagaran ang uban walang mga IDs so mabudlayan sila mo-transact sa Amoa. Kung naa sila ing-ana, dili na siya budlay kay kanang ID mao na na ang among pangitaon (This will a big help to us. As government agency, we require ID when people transact with us. If our clients don’t have SSS IDs we will require them to submit at least two valid IDs. Most of them don’t have these IDs so it’s a hassle for them when they transact with us. If they have that ID, we will ask them to present it to us. It won’t be too burdensome on their part anymore),” Llavan said.

PSA Provincial Director Engr. Ariel Fortuito also underscored that another objective of the PhilSys is to help the poor in availing government services by providing them with another valid proof of identification.

However, Genoroso noted that the PhilSys ID does not replace other functional IDs such as driver’s license, passport, etc.

PSA is expected to roll out the pilot phase of PhilSys implementation in each province by July 2020 but this will only involve PSA employees.

Fortuito explained that they would want to know how long it would take a person to finish the process of applying for the ID and address potential concerns during the pilot run.

Once PhilSys is fully implemented, interested individuals will have to register in the designated registration centers in their area, fill out their form, present their birth certificate or baptismal certificate, and undergo the process of recording their biometrics before they will be issued PhilIDs.

PSA NegOr calls for public cooperation for 2020 Census

By Roi Lomotan


PSA-Negros Oriental Provincial Head Engr. Ariel Fortuito (center) urges the public to cooperate with PSA enumerators when they conduct the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) all over the province on May 4, 2020. Fortuito discussed the preparations for the 2020 CPH during a Kapihan Forum held Jan. 15, 2020 at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City. (PIA7-NegOr)

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Negros Oriental is appealing for cooperation from the public once it rolls out the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) in May 2020.

Speaking in a Kapihan Forum held today, PSA Provincial Head Engr. Ariel Fortuito announced that the CPH will start nationwide on May 4, 2020, which will involve more than 100,000 enumerators who are mostly teachers of the Department of Education (DepEd).

Manawagan mi sa mga katawhan particularly sa Negros Oriental na suportahan ang CPH. Unsaon pagsuporta sa usa katawo? Una, sa dihang naay moadto manuktok sa inyong mga panimalay at least man lang entertain-non ninyo. Tubagon sa insakto tubag ang mga pangutana ug kung mahimo hiktan ang iro (We urge the people in Negros Oriental to support the CPH. How can we show support to this? Entertain the enumerators when they go to your homes. Answer the questions correctly and if possible, keep your dogs leashed),” Fortuito said.

The 2020 CPH is a nationwide undertaking pursuant to Batas Pambansa 72, Executive Order No. 352 and R.A. 10625.

PSA is the agency mandated to carry out the census of the population.

The people’s response to the 2020 CPH is mandatory under R.A. 10625.

Some of the data that will be gathered during the census this year include size and geographical distribution of the population, population composition (sex, age, marital status), education and literacy, birth registration, religion, ethnicity, and functional difficulty.

On the other hand, additional information will also be gathered from some sample households.

These include occupation, industry, class of worker, place of work, fertility indicators, housing characteristics, manner of garbage disposal, type of toilet facility, type of fuel for lighting and cooking, main source of water supply, land ownership, presence of operator in crop farming, livestock, and poultry raising, aquaculture, and fishing, language/dialect generally spoken at home, location where the household intends to reside five (5) years from now, household conveniences ownership, ICT devices ownership, vehicles ownership,  type/s of internet access available at home, and location where the household member/s use the internet in the last three months.

Fortuito added that the conduct of the census in May will be “house to house.”

The PSA official cited they are aiming to get accurate data on the census population and housing, noting that the data generated from the census is important for government policy-makers in formulating economic and development plans for the country.

“The objective of conducting CPH is critical because the government executives, policy-makers, decision-makers, and planners will update population and housing data. This is a comprehensive data collection and this is the only data collection to be conducted nationwide up to the household level,” Fortuito emphasized.

PSA here has undertaken some initial steps in preparation for the 2020 CPH, such as geo-tagging which were carried out two years ago to ensure the accuracy in conducting the census.

PSA also organized the Census Board per municipality chaired by the local chief executive in December 2019.

The local census board will convene to discuss potential issues on the conduct of CPH especially in hinterland areas or in communities affected by insurgency and map out possible strategies with the agency to address it.

“We can ask for the assistance of the Census Board including Philippine National Police if there is a need. Ato sad gi-set with locality para ma-ascertain gyud nato if there is a need (for security assistance). If matawag gyud siya ‘very critical’ (and) ‘cannot be enumerated’ at the time of the census, we will do something about it – either headcount or kami sa PSA will go together to saturate the area (We are going to settle it with the locality to ascertain if there is a need for security assistance. If the area is really identified as ‘very critical’ or ‘cannot be enumerated’ at the time of the census, we will do something about it – either headcount or PSA personnel will go together to saturate the area),” Fortuito explained.

“As to typhoon or whatever circumstances, we have risk registry in place,” he added.

Aside from this,  Fortuito also shared plans to meet with local DepEd officials to determine the number of teaching personnel who will be assigned as enumerators, discuss other concerns especially in conflict-affected areas and to find out also if there is a need to hire additional enumerators who are not part of DepEd.

Meanwhile, the training for enumerators, supervisors, and other personnel involved in the conduct of the 2020 CPH will begin on March 30, 2020, until May 2, 2020.

For now, Fortuito stressed the need for massive information dissemination to raise public awareness on the census.

PSA is ready to hold dialogues with barangay officials and homeowner association presidents to elicit their support.

He also appealed to the members of the media to continuously share this information and PSA’s appeal cooperation to the public.

PSA assures that all information gathered in the 2020 CPH will be strictly confidential.