PSA-Abra Chief Statistical Specialist Felixberto B. Perdido assured this during the recent Kapihan sa Abra (Media Forum) held at the Philippine Information Agency – Abra.
Perdido explained the vision and mission of the PSA being the official depository of all pertinent information regarding population, households, businesses, agriculture, prices of commodities and services,
He emphasized the importance of these information as these aid program and project planners to ensure the responsiveness of their development efforts and initiatives.
Perdido also explained the process of data gathering and processing as well as safekeeping of all the data in their possession to ensure their integrity. He assured that all information gathered from the respondents are treated with utmost confidentiality in observance of the law on privacy of information. This is also the reason by PSA no longer releases security papers on civil registration to anyone without authorization from the person concerned.
Civil registration documents include birth certificate, death certificate, marriage certificate and Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR), among others.
On the veracity and completeness of information gathered from the respondents, Perdido said they are now using tablets with Geographic Positioning System.
PSA has also its way of checking the information gathered and reported by its enumerators. Their supervisors conduct on-the-spot monitoring of their enumerators. Whenever needed, Perdido said, he himself, does the monitoring and re-interviewing to counter-check information gathered and reported by their enumerators especially when there are questionable results.
Perdido also clarified that fees being charged for the Security Papers or SecPa are fixed and uniform and there is no such thing as “expedite” except those that are levied by the local government units (LGUs). This is because the rates charged by the LGUs depend on each approved LGU- Local Tax Code.
Even fees for the correction of errors in the entries in the Civil Registration documents such as change of name or spelling, date of birth and sex have fix and uniform amount nationwide.(JDP/MTBB – PIA CAR, Abra)