The Philippine Statistics Authority Regional Statistics Services Office II (PSA-RSSO II) conducted a virtual Press Launching on 26 August 2020 via Zoom to enable support from the local media and promote the conduct of the 2020 Census of Population and Housing which starts on 01 September 2020.
Regional Director (RD) Marilyn T. Estrada asked the support from the media and gave the importance of the 2020 CPH, “the upcoming Census of Population and Housing aims to provide government planners, policy makers, and administrators with population and housing data on which to base their social and economic development plans, policies, and programs as media entities we are asking for your support to disseminate its importance in our local community.” RD Estrada said.
On the other hand, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 2 and Regional Census and Coordinating Board (RCCB) Chairmain, Dionisio C. Ledres, Jr. which was represented by Senior Economic Development Specialist, Lillian Marasigan lauded the PSA in its operational procedures amidst the pandemic “I laud the PSA’s efforts in coming up with different approaches to address the limitations brought about by the pandemic. We appreciate the work that our hardworking colleagues in the PSA have put in place to ensure that the 2020 CPH will push through this year despite this pandemic. I urge everyone to cooperate and participate in the 2020 CPH,” Ledres shared.
Governors and City Mayors from the Region also pledged their support through Audio Visual Presentation (AVP) some of their representatives were present and delivered their speech virtually.
RD Estrada emphasized during the virtual conference with the media and some RCCB members that they will abide with the protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF). “If the IATF recommends us to postpone the enumeration in some critical areas, we will definitely abide by it,” RD Estrada said.
On the other hand, Office of Civil Defense Director and Local IATF Chairman Dante D.Balao shared some slides emphasizing the rules and protocols on community quarantine.
RD Estrada thanked the IATF Chair and shared that the health and welfare of some 5000 enumerators hired are top priority. The office enrolled them in insurance policies they also provided face masks, face shields and sanitation kits which will be used during enumeration, “during our series of training we advised them to habitually maintain physical distancing and to not proceed with the enumeration in critical areas,” RD Estrada added.
She also highlighted that the office will certainly not visit an enumeration area especially when it is on lockdown. “The office will have to wait for the go signal of the local barangay officials before we proceed with the enumeration,” Estrada assured the media and the members of the RCCB.
Chief Statistical Specialist (CSS), Engr. Girme M. Bayucan added that the 2020 Census will not be limited in paper and pencil interview, household head and members can also be accounted through phone call interviews or through accomplishing the self- administered questionnaire forms.
In his closing remarks, CSS Bayucan urged the media and its co-members in the RCCB to help disseminate the value of census in nation building and promote it to their friends and family to increase participation in the census and make sure that every Filipino and resident aliens in the Cagayan Valley region will be fully accounted.
Also present to show their support in the upcoming census were Counselors Karina S. Gauani and Grace B. Arago who represented Mayor Jefferson P. Soriano of Tuguegarao City.