NSO Laguna embarks on business, industry census and data gathering

The Laguna National Statistics Office (NSO) joins the nationwide census and data gathering for the 2012 Census of Philippine Business and Industry (CPBI) from April 1 to 30.

Laguna NSO Provincial Statistics Officer Magdalena Serqueña has announced that beginning April 1 the Laguna NSO field enumerators started the distribution of the questionnaires to the target business and industry respondents.

Serqueña said the questionnaires are delivered personally to sample establishments and enterprises by the NSO field men during the month-long survey and these will be collected 10 days after their distribution.

The establishments and enterprises can also respond thru the web-based questionnaire at www.census.gov.ph/itsd.

Serqueña led the training and briefings of the NSO-Laguna personnel for an orderly distribution of the questionnaires and the speedy transmittal of the CPBIs.

The provincial census official also enjoined the cooperation of the owners, proprietors, entrepreneurs and chief executives of business establishments here for the expedient data collection.

She elaborated that the 2012 CPBI is a nationwide undertaking which aims to collect and generate information on the performance, levels, structure and trends of economic activities of the formal sector in the entire country for reference year 2012.

The 2012 CPBI is the 15th in the series of economic censuses conducted throughout the country and last conducted the 2006 CPBI economic census in 2007.

It uses a stratified systematic sampling design where all establishments are grouped into homogeneous subgroups (industry, province, and employment size) called strata.

According to census officials, the independent samples of establishments are selected in each subgroup such that each establishment has a known probability of selection. The design ensures representativeness and reliability of the estimates.

The CPBI data constitute as the bases where the government and the private sector can formulate policies and economic development plans.

Specifically, these census results are used in measuring and comparing national, regional and provincial economic growth; planning and policy formulation; determining performance and contribution of Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises or MSMEs; providing benchmark data on trade in services; and in market research, industry studies and other economic analysis.

The month-long data gathering also source out data on employment, compensation, income, expense, total assets, capital expenditures and inventories and produce indicators from these variables.

The NSO expounded the scope of the 2012 CPBI to include both establishments and enterprises engaged in economic activities as defined in the 2009 Philippine Standard Industrial Classification (PSIC) such as Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing; Mining and Quarrying; Manufacturing;

Electricity, Gas, Steam, and Air Conditioning Supply; Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities; Construction; Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles; Transport and Storage; Accommodation and Food Service Activities;

Information and Communication; Financial and Insurance Activities; Real Estate Activities; Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities; Administrative and Support Service Activities; Education; Human Health and Social Work Activities; Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation and other Service Activities.

The Laguna provincial census officer explained that the CPBI operations involved widespread data gathering, personal interviews or the use of self-addressed questionnaires.

According to the NSO, the establishments and enterprises are asked to provide information or entries on their name and address; economic activity; year started operation; capital participation;

Employment by sex and R&D personnel; compensation; income; subsidies received; expense; e-commerce transactions; capital expenditures; total assets and inventories.

NSO officials said the individual responses are aggregated into statistical tables that serve as a quantitative portrait of sectoral structures and trends at the national and regional levels.

In a media query, Serqueña assured business respondents that Section 4 of Commonwealth Act No. 591 guarantees all information provided are kept strictly confidential and shall not be used as evidence in court for purposes of taxation, regulation or investigation; nor shall such data or information be divulged to any person except authorized employees of the NSO, acting in the performance of their duties.

The same law provides that the data shall not be published except in the form of summaries or statistical tables in which no reference to an individual, corporation, association, partnership, institution or business enterprise shall appear.