Atty. Maqtahar L. Manulon, Regional Director of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) XII guested in the KAPEHAN SA GENSAN PIA last August 20, 2020 to jump-start the advocacy campaign for the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) in September 2020. More than 20 media partners attended the said activity. The show was hosted by OIC-Regional Director Catherine T. Apelacio of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) XII.
RD Manulon announced that the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (2020 CPH) will start on September 1, 2020. He explained that the 2020 CPH was moved from May 2020 to September this year due to the COVID 19 pandemic. He said that the conduct of the 2020 CPH is pursuant to RA 10625, section 6(b), Batas Pambansa Blg. 72, and Executive Order No. 352. May 1, 2020 at 12:01 am will be the reference date and time for the 2020 CPH. Census enumerators from all over the country will be interviewing members of households and those staying in institutional living quarters. They will be properly identified by their IDs, shirts, and will strictly adhere to the COVID 19 health protocols. The interviews will take about 15-30 minutes depending on the number of household members in the housing unit. He assured the general public that all information provided for the 2020 CPH will be held strictly confidential and that data gathered will not violate RA 10173 or the Data Privacy Act.
For those unable to do the face-to-face interview, he explained that respondents may opt to fill-up an eight-page self-administered questionnaire; do the computer-aided questionnaire or choose to do a telephone interview to be conducted by a PSA personnel.
He implored everyone to welcome the enumerators and be counted so there will be updated population related data for the locality and the country.The results will be useful in the formulation of policies and crafting programs of the government and the private sector.