NSO-Caraga to start census of population and housing on May 17

April 19, 2010 10:42 am 

BUTUAN CITY, April 19 — In its aim to provide government planners, policy-makers and administrators with data on which to base their social and economic development plans and programs, the National Statistic Office (NSO) Caraga regional office here will start on May 17 the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH).

The census which is nationwide in scope will simultaneously end on June 11, 2010, NSO officials here said.

During press launching at a local hotel and convention center here, NSO-Caraga Regional Director Rosalinda Celeste told newsmen here that more than 2,000 enumerators hired and have been trained will conduct the region-wide census to reach all total 1,310 barangays all over Caraga Region.

“The entire process of the 2010 census will be about collecting, compiling, evaluating, analyzing, publishing and disseminating data about the population and the living quarters of the country," Celeste said.

NSO officials, who presented the rationale’ behind the 2010 census, claimed the activity is designed to take the inventory of the total population and housing units not only in Caraga Region but in the entire country while collecting information about their characteristics.

NEDA-Caraga regional director Carmencita Cochingco said the 2010 CPH is very important to government policy makers like redistricting and appointment of congressional districts, allocation of resources and revenues, creation of political and administrative units.

Cochingco added that one of the basis for Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for every provinces, cities and municipalities are determined based on population, 60 percent; land area, 20; and equal sharing, 20 percent.

“Population is also important in formulating policies and programs relative to the delivery of basic services for health, education, housing and others," she claimed.

In 2007 Census of Population in Caraga Region for instance, it was found out that there was an increase of population by 197,979 over the year 2000 census which translate into annual growth rate of 1.25 percent for the period of 2000 to 2007.

It was also found out that based on the results of 2007 Census of Population, there were 413,012 children aged six to 12 years old in the region.

If the ratio of teacher-to-school children will be followed, there should be supposedly 11,800 elementary teachers in year 2000.

But in same school year 2000-2001, the number of elementary teachers then for the entire region was only 10,642.

The total official population of Caraga Region in 2007 was 2,293,346, the NSO-Caraga said. The ideal ratio for policemen to population is one cop to every 500 population. To meet the ideal cop to population ratio, Caraga then should have 4,587 policemen to maintain security in the region.

However, in 2007, there were only 3,066 cops in the entire Caraga Region, according to the PNP-Caraga Regional Chief for Police Operations, Sr. Supt. Nestor Monton Fajura.

“Thus, we can’t really finally stop the proliferation of rampant illegal gambling, logging and mining activities including rising of petty crimes like snatching, robbery and stabbing in the region alone," he said.

Fajura said in year 2000, PNP records showed there were one cop for every 750 population in Caraga Region. (PNA)

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