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Message of Hon. Alexandria Gonzales for POPCOM@49: Countdown to Gold

Inspirational Message

Hon. Alexandria “Queenie” P. Gonzales

District representative, Mandaluyong

POPCOM AT 49: FOR A QUALITY LIFE – AFTER BIRTH

(Inspirational Message delivered during the 49th Anniversary of the Population Commission)

Sec. Ernesto Pernia of the National Economic and Development Authority, and Chairman of the POPCOM Board of Commissioners; Dr. Juan Antonio Perez III, Executive Director of POPCOM; representatives of the different government agencies – DOLE, DOH, and DepEd; and to you my dear friends and colleagues in the Population Commission:

The past 49 years in the life of the POPCOM is replete with all sorts of stories: of challenges, of overcoming a myriad of obstacles, of being misunderstood, and of being recognized as a key player in the country’s march toward the dream of development. Yes, for the past forty-nine years you – the officers and staff of POPCOM – have plodded on with one of the most difficult tasks any government or non-government agency has ever undertaken: give shape, meaning, and direction to the country’s comprehensive population management program.

Given the strong cultural and religious undertones of the population issue, you and I know only too well whereof I speak. The long-drawn battle for the passage of the Reproductive Health Law in 2012 was probably one of the most difficult measures Congress had to pass then. Facing strong opposition from certain streams in the religious sector, the RH Law’s passage is one that can be considered the pinnacle of POPCOM’s effort in institutionalizing its mandate. I am sure that for you, and for other reproductive health advocates, that law is THE milestone in your five decades of being in the forefront of the country’s population management program.

You and I know for a fact that one of the key issues in addressing the problem of poverty and development in our country is population. An uncontrolled population exacts a toll on the resources of government. Let’s just take the area of education as a concrete example. If we just assume that 2.4 million children are born each year, the public education system needs to build 54,000 classrooms every year to accommodate the growing population.

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Vision

Play a leading role in the Commission for providing on-line credible socio-demographic spatial data necessary for the development of Nigeria.

Mission

To use the latest technology in conducting reliable census and surveys for generating the needed socio- demographic statistics that will promote sustainable development in Nigeria.

Main objective

Design and Execute a biometric census of persons resident in Nigeria that links to the Vital Registration National Database for real time on-line demographic data.

  • Specific objectives
  • Ensure total coverage of all persons in Nigeria without any duplication or omission
  • Produce a comprehensive data base for issuance of National identity card; Voters registration and Population register for all persons in Nigeria.
  • Provide Nigeria with credible, reliable socio-economic, demographic and spatial data necessary for sustainable development planning
  • Strategy
  • In line with the above objectives, the census department has developed a strategy document clearly specifying activities, timelines and budgetary provisions towards the implementation of a comprehensive biometric census, first of its kind in Nigeria in the year 2016, using the state of art direct data capture machine (DDC).
  • The budget for biometrics census is based on 500,000 ‘Operational Units’ to be delineated by Cartography department in conjunction with Census department.
  • The personnel proposed is based on 2 persons per team, 5 Operational Units to be manned by a Supervisor ,1 direct data capture machine for each Operational Unit and 1 reserve DDC machine for every Supervisory Area as a backup.
  • Field Procedure on Biometrics Census
  • Each enumeration team to have a map of defined area or operational unit of assignment.
  • Use a copy of the Building numbering/household listing FORM AA according to locality/town as obtained during the delineation exercise in clear defined boundaries for the area.
  • Identify the buildings on the ground at least 3 months prior to actual enumeration and update where necessary using building/ household listing FORM XX designed for the biometric census because of time lag between the delineation and actual census exercise.
  • Using the biometric data capture instrument to obtain information as contained in the template prepared containing questions on ;Personal data (socio- economic, demographics and population dynamics) housing characteristics and biometrics (which may include fingerprints, iris, facial, hand geometry etc,) from each member of the household physically present in the building according to FORM XX.
  • Simultaneously transmit information to the server at State and Headquarters data base after successful enumeration of each individual. Similarly continue until all persons physically present within the Operational Unit and Census reference period are covered.
  • Simultaneously transmit information to the server at State and Headquarters data base after successful enumeration of each individual. Similarly continue until all persons physically present within the Operational Unit and Census reference period are covered.
  • To avoid the challenges of 2006 in 2016 census, there is need for Census, Cartography, ICT and Finance departments to work together, for the success of this exercise. The issue of number of persons, number of households must be done by a census person in determining the workload per Operational Unit whilst a Cartographer draws the map with defined boundary. ICT must design a template for data entry and processing of the data set and finalising a national frame.
    • That the programme for the Post Enumeration Survey (PES) will be installed with the main census template in the same DDC machine, timed and pass worded to be activated after the main exercise during the PES.
    • The PES will run along with the planning of main census with (2013-2016) separate team to ensure the independence of the exercise. The sample of PES sites will be drawn as soon as the operational units delineation are completed.
    • The department is proposing two Pre-tests and a Trial census before the main census;
    • First Pre-test
    • To be conducted 1st quarter, 2013, in all the 36 States and FCT in two Operational Units
    • ( one Urban and one Rural respectively totalling 74 operational units)
    • Specific Objective is to test;
    • adequacy of the questionnaire template and operational programs
    • the efficacy of the biometric direct data collection machine.
    • The transmission of data from field to the main server.
    • Second Pre-test
    • Proposed to hold early 2014 in all the 36 States and FCT five Operational Units each
    • (5 Urban and 5 Rural, totalling 370 operational units)

    Specific Objective is to test;

    • adequacy of the questionnaire template and operational programs
    • the efficacy of the biometric direct data collection machine.
    • the transmission of data to the main server in Abuja from the remotest part of the country.
    • the workload per interviewer in an Operational Unit
    • the sizes of the “Operation Units” and coverage.
    • training techniques and methodology
    • data processing strategy.
    • Publicity strategy
    • Trial Census
    • This is the full dress rehearsal of the 2016 Population and Housing Census exercise, to be conducted in last quarter of 2015. ( 2 percent of the total operation unit ie about10,000 operational units).
    • trial transmission of data to the main server in Abuja from all parts of the country.
    • the workload per interviewer in an Operational Unit
    • the sizes of the “Operation Units” data processing strategy.
    • logistics of material distribution.
    • Publicity strategy.
    • Actual capturing of information on all individuals in their various locations

    • Actual capturing of information including the additional questions on mortality and fertility and other related indicators to validate the census
      • DISSEMINATION OF CENSUS PRODUCTS

      Disseminate census products such as :

      • Tables
      • Monograph
      • Analytical reports
      • Seminars
      • Print and electronic media etc