July 16, 2024

Over four hundred enumerators are needed by the Philippine Statistics Authority to simultaneously conduct the 2024 population census (Popcen) in Baguio City and Benguet as well as update the city’s Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS).

PSA Benguet Chief Statistical Specialist Imelda Buyuccan said the agency only received 129 applications for enumerators as of June 13.

“We need 479 enumerators to work full time for 55 days,” she said.

Enumerators will receive P491 daily wage plus P80 transportation allowance for a total of P571 per day.

Application ended on June 12 but the agency is encouraging the public to apply as enumerators to meet the required number for individuals who will conduct household surveys.

“The survey questionnaire was reduced from 41 pages to 12 pages combining the Popcen and CBMS questions,” Buyuccan said.

The Popcen-CBMS survey will be conducted from July 15 to Sept. 16 to gather data on households, housing units, and institutional living quarters.

Homeless households in temporary shelters or evacuation centers and Filipinos residing in Philippine embassies, mission, and consulates abroad will also be enumerated including data on demographic and socio-economic characteristics including general information of each barangay, physical characteristics, service institutions, and infrastructures.

Through the Popcen-CBMS, the government will be able to update the inventory of the total population in the country as well as update the list of beneficiaries of government social protection programs to maximize fund allocations.

The census also aims to update the number of eligible voters in time for the 2025 midterm elections, update the distribution of shares of local government units in the National Tax Allocation, aid in implementation of the recently signed Republic Act 11964 or the “Automatic Income Classification of Local Government Units Acts”, and aid in the efficient use of government resources. – Jessa M. Samidan