Date of Release: 10 January 2022
Reference No. 2022-01-002
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is conducting the January 2022 Labor Force Survey (LFS) and 2021 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) from 10 to 31 January 2022. Fifty-five (55) hired Statistical Researchers will interview 1,550 randomly-selected sample households in the sample barangays of each municipality of Catanduanes.
These hired SRs and two Assistant Provincial Focal Persons (APFP), who will be supervising the SRs, were equipped with the concepts, strategies, and protocols during the seven-day Third Level Training conducted last 03 to 09 January 2022 at Queen Maricell Inn, San Isidro Village, Virac.
The LFS is a nationwide quarterly survey of households to gather data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population. It aims to provide a quantitative framework for the preparation of plans and formulation of policies affecting the labor market. Based on the October 2021 LFS results, Bicol region has 91 percent employment rate, 26.8 percent underemployment rate, and nine percent unemployment rate.
Meanwhile, FIES is a survey on family income and expenditure of households that provides data that are needed in the different aspects of the country’s economic condition, particularly in measuring poverty. The second visit will gather data for the second semester, July to December 2021. The first semester data was collected last July 2021 and initial results were released on 17 December 2021. It was estimated that 23.8 percent of the population of Catanduanes is poor. This translates to 65.4 thousand Catandunganons who lived below the poverty threshold estimated at 13,915 pesos, on the average, for a family of five per month in the first semester of 2021. On the other hand, the proportion of the Catanduanes population whose income is not enough to meet even the basic food needs was registered at 7.5 percent or about 20.6 thousand in the first semester of 2021. On the average, the monthly food threshold for a family of five for the same period was estimated at 9,724 pesos.
The PSA assures its respondents that all information collected from them shall be kept strictly confidential. Section 26 of Republic Act 10625 stipulates that individual data furnished by the respondent to statistical inquiries, surveys and censuses of the PSA shall be considered as privileged information and such shall be inadmissible as evidence in any proceeding. The PSA may release data gathered from surveys and censuses only in the form of summaries or statistical tables, in which no reference to an individual, corporation, association, partnership, institution or business enterprise shall appear.