PSA-BARMM conducts Training on July 2019 LFS and 2019 APIS

August 7, 2019Press Release Ref No.: PR-ARMM-19-009

The Second Level Training on July 2019 Labor Force Survey (LFS) and 2019 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS) was successfully conducted on 24 to 28 June 2019 at PSA-BARMM Regional Office, Cotabato City. A total of fourteen participants composed of OIC-Regional Director Razulden A. Mangelen, Chief SOCD Mahmur H. Sarail, Chief Statistical Specialists of provincial offices of PSA-BARMM with their provincial focal person and RSSO staffs attended this training.

Ms. Aquessa L. Macud, Statistical Specialist II and the Regional Focal Person of PSA - Regional Statistics Service Office, Ms. Mariffie A. Ayob, Statistical Analyst and the Provincial Focal Person of PSA - Maguindanao and Ms. Villa D. Lim, Graft Prevention and Control Officer III (GPCO-III) and Ms. Rosanna A. Sasuman, GPCO-IV, guest resource persons and representatives from Office of the Ombudsman - Mindanao, were served as the resource persons during the 5-day training.

The Labor Force Survey (LFS) is a nationwide quarterly survey of households undertaken by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The survey involved the collection of data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population in general. The reporting unit was the household which implied that statistics emanating from this survey referred to the characteristics of the population residing in the private households. Persons who reside in the institutions are not within the scope of the survey. The survey provides information as basis for the formulation of policies and programs on creation and generation of gainful employment and livelihood opportunities, statistics on levels and trends and reduction of unemployment and underemployment for the country and regions, and enhancement of the welfare of working person. The survey is used for the projection of future human resource, which when compared with the future manpower requirements, will help identify employment and training needs and it helps in the assessment of the potential human resource available for economic development: and it provides labor statistics profile of the population across domain and socio-economic groups. The LFS aims to provide a quantitative framework for the preparation of plans and formulation of policies affecting the labor market. Specifically, the LFS is designed to collect information on the distribution of household population 15 years old and over by employment status, by sex, and age group; distribution of employed persons by major occupation group, major industry group, class of worker, number of hours worked, highest grade completed, nature of employment, and by sex; distribution of underemployed persons by total hours worked, major occupation group, class of worker, and by sex; and distribution of unemployed persons by age group, highest grade completed, by number of weeks looking for work, job search method, and by sex.

The July 2019 LFS is the third quarter of the LFS 2019, Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS) is the rider for this round survey. The 2019 APIS is the thirteenth in a series of poverty indicators surveys conducted nationwide. The survey gathers data on socio-economic profile of families and other information that are related to their living conditions. Specifically, it generates indicators that are correlated with poverty in order to determine the percent distribution of families in relation to the following indicators: children 6-11 years old enrolled in primary education programs or elementary: children 12-17 years old enrolled in junior and senior high school: with members 18 years old and over who are gainfully employed and with working children 5-17 years old; who availed selected social protection programs; access to government services; owner-like possession of house and lot and the types of the materials of the roofs, walls of their housing units and floor materials; access to safe water, sanitation or type of toilet facility and hand washing facility they use in their homes; and who avail of loan/s and it’s sources. In this survey round, the detailed income and expenditure modules of the questionnaire are excluded, but focused in the collection of data to generate non-income-based indicators correlated with poverty. These indicators will be used as inputs to the development of the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) which can be used to assess and monitor the poverty situation in the country. In this APIS round, Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) data collection will be employed and will utilize the same Tablet being used for LFS. The enumeration of LFS July 2019 round and 2019 APIS started on July 8, 2019.


(Chief Statistical Specialist)