July 15, 2024

This year’s Census of Population and Housing (CPH 2020) to be conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority in September would include a comprehensive count for ethnicity, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples announced.
The PSA-NCIP partnership this September is the first of its kind to be piloted nationwide to obtain comprehensive information on the size, composition, and distribution of the indigenous peoples’ population per IP group from the local to the national level.
A census is the process of collecting, compiling, evaluating, analyzing, and publishing data about the population and housing in a country. It entails the listing and recording of the characteristics of each individual and each living quarter within a specified territory as of a certain period.
It provides government planners and policy and decision makers an updated population and housing data as bases for their plans, policies and programs. Official inventory of human population and housing units in the Philippines is regularly conducted every five years.
 In its infographics post, the 2020 CPH defined ethnicity as the “sense of belonging to an ethnic group based on descent, blood relation and consanguinity.”
It would also include a census on disaggregated demographic, economic household, and housing profile of the country’s IPs per IP group locally and nationally.
Aside from counting the population and housing, the respondents will be asked if they are Ilocano, Tagalog, Tingguian, Bontoc, Ibaloy, or Kankanaey and their ethnicity by descent, blood relation, and consanguinity.
For more information, contact the NCIP Baguio City at the BIBAK/BIMAAK Hall along Harrison Road or call 309-8036, 0935-372-1497, or email: [email protected]. – March Fianza