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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Philippine Statistics Authority will conduct the July 2020 Labor Force Survey (LFS). The LFS is a nationwide quarterly survey of households that gathers data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population. The LFS objective is to provide a quantitative framework in the preparation of plans and formulation of policies affecting the labor market. Moreover, it also provides statistics on levels and trends of employment, unemployment and underemployment in the country and regions.
Results of April 2020 LFS shows that Bicol Region recorded an employment rate of 84.3% which is lower compared to recorded 94.4% in April 2019. Unemployment rate in Bicol Region recorded an increase of 11.1% or from 5.6% in April 2019 to 15.7% in April 2020 while underemployment rate recorded a decrease of 7.2% or from 34.6 in April 2019 to 27.4 in April 2020.
On the other hand, the Annual Poverty Indicator Survey (APIS) is designed to provide estimates for non-income poverty indicators and gather data on the socio-economic profile of families and other information that are related to their living conditions which serve as inputs to the estimation of Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The data items to be collected in the survey includes the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of families, education assistance, health status and nutrition and hunger, social protection, access to government services, housing, water, sanitation and hygiene, and drug awareness and prevention.
The following are the results of 2017 APIS:
• In 2017, nearly 6 in 10 families (60%) own the house and lot that they occupy.
• About nine percent of the estimated 39.2 million Filipinos aged 6 to 24 years old were out-of-school children and youth (OSCY) in 2017. OSCY refers to family members aged 6 to 24 years old who are not attending formal school; and family members 15 to 24 years old who are currently out of school, not gainfully employed and have not finished college or post-secondary course.
• Majority of Filipino families’ main source of water supply in 2017 were piped into dwelling (51%), followed by protected well (24%) or piped into yard or plot (7.4%). During the same period, around one percent of families reported that they still rely on natural sources such as rivers, streams, ponds, lake or dam and from the rain for their supply of water.

Thirty-four (34) sample barangays with three hundred eighty seven (387) sample households will be interviewed in the province by Statistical Researchers from 8 to 31 July 2020.

The authority and mandate of the PSA to conduct the survey emanates from R.A. 10625. Like any other surveys undertaken by the PSA, the data to be gathered in the said survey are for statistical purposes only and will be published in summary forms. Information obtained from the respondents are held STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL and are not used for investigation, taxation and law enforcement purposes and are not be divulged to any person except authorized PSA personnel acting in the performance of their duties.