Two simultaneous surveys ongoing in Bohol

  • July 13, 2017
  • Rey Anthony H. Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 5 (PIA)--Two Bohol towns will included in the next round of geo-tagging of barangays, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). 

PSA, the government statistical data gathering agency, aims to enhance its data bank by implementing satellite-based geo-tagging to update its digital maps. 

According to Bohol Provincial Statistician Jessamyne Anne Alcazaren, the digitized mapping will get to all buildings in selected barangays in Bohol and update its inventory which would now include the building material, owners, and a snapshot of the infrastructure. 

PSA said the geo-tagging of buildings would happen in 192 of Bohol's 1,109 barangays. 

The digitized mapping of buildings, however, would not happen in any of the barangays of Catigbian and Antequera, but these may be included in the next round. 

Started the second week of May, the digitized mapping would update the PSA databanks on its effort to come up with a fully digitized map of Bohol and its barangays in 2020. 

By this time, all buildings would be identified and tagged, PSA said. 

As to the PSA, six digital mappers who have been roaming around target barangays since the 2nd week of May are now talking with building owners, categorizing buildings and structures, and taking digital snapshots of these building before uploading them to a central server. 

They can be easily identifiable with the green and blue shirts they are wearing, said Alcazaren, adding that the geo-tagging enumerators will be wearing visible and readable identification cards while on survey. 

As this goes on, Alcarazen urged respondents in selected barangays to cooperate with the survey enumerators so that the government can obtain the necessary data. 

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA, Alcazaren added that this digital mapping survey or geo tagging would be the second survey which the PSA is implementing simultaneously this time. 

She said one other survey is the Annual Survey on Philippine Business and Industries (ASPBI) which surveys a sample of 271 business and industrial establishments with a minimum number of 10 employees. 

In the next few months, the PSA would also embark on its Regular Palay and Corn Stock Survey, its regular price survey, and its soon to start July to August listing of farm households, PSA said.

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