DESPITE the Covid-19 pandemic, the enumerators of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) assigned in Mandaue City have started their house-to-house visit as part of their job for the National Census on Population and Household.
They started visiting houses on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, and they have to gather information from all the barangays within 25 days.
Vic Suliva, census area supervisor in Mandaue City, said they are extra cautious in carrying out their duties—they wear masks, bring bottles of alcohol and observe social distancing.
Despite the risk of contracting Covid-19, Suliva said they need to gather data for the national census.
Each of the 27 barangays in Mandaue City has 13 enumerators.
Suliva said before they conduct house-to-house visits, they have to make a courtesy call to the barangay to announce their operation.
Afterward, they conduct ocular inspection of the barangay so they can be familiarized with the barangay.
Aside from the risk of getting infected with Covid-19, Jonathan Mayol, supervisor of one team of enumerators, said a household’s reluctance to cooperate with the survey is among their challenges.
Suliva said he understands if there are instances when household heads refuse an interview as there is still the threat of Covid-19.
However, he said the enumerators have been briefed on what they must do. Enumerators, he said, will explain to the household head the importance of the census and they will make another schedule that’s convenient for the interviewee.
He said the census will be used by the national government to determine the allocation of its resources. The census data will also guide the government on its future projects.
In each household, the enumerators interview the head of the household or any member who can answer their questionnaire.
For households placed under lockdown, enumerators will ask assistance from the barangay officials and ask if they have profiled the houses on lockdown. Enumerators can also conduct a phone interview with a person from a locked down household.
Another way is to visit the locked down houses after the lockdown is lifted, said Suliva. (KFD)