The Philippine Statistics Authority - Regional Statistical Services Office I encourages the sample households and the local government officials to support the conduct of 2018 Family lncome and Expenditure Survey (FIES) and July 2018 Labor Force Survey (LFS). Data collection activity will commence on July 9, 2018, which will be conducted by around 240 trained Statistical Researchers and will cover 6,144 sample households throughout the region.
The LFS is a nationwide survey conducted every quarter which aims to gather information on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population. The said survey aims to provide a quantitative framework for the preparation of plans and formulation of policies affecting the labor market.
On the other hand, FIES is the main source of data on family income and expenditure in the country. The said survey aims to accomplish the following objectives, (a) to gather data on family income, sources of income, family expenditure and related information affecting family income and expenditure levels and patterns in the Philippines; (b) to determine the income distribution, levels of living and spending patterns and the degree of inequality among families; (c) to provide benchmark information to update the weights used in the estimation of Consumer Price lndex (CPl); and (d) to provide inputs in the estimation of the country's poverty threshold and incidence.
The FIES 2018 shall be conducted in two separate operations as a rider to the July 2018 LFS and January 2019 LFS of the following year. The first visit in July 2018 will gather data for the period January 1 to June 30, 2018, while the second visit in January 2019 will gather data for the period July 1 to December 31, 2018.
As provided in Section 26 of RA 10625, individual data furnished by a respondent to statistical inquiries, surveys, and censuses of the PSA shall be considered privileged information and such shall be inadmissible as evidence in any proceeding. The PSA releases data gathered in the form of summaries or statistical tables, in which no reference to the respondents. Likewise, section 27 of the same Act states that a person, including parties within the PSA Board and the PSA, who breach the confidentiality of information, shall be liable and will be charged accordingly. Once again, the PSA requests all the sample households to cooperate and provide truthful, complete and accurate information that will ultimately serve as a vital Input in evidence based planning and decision-making.
SGD. SOCRATES L. RAMORES