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National Statistics Office (NSO) to use GPS for farmers, fishers’ registration

Field interviewers tasked by the National Statistics Office (NSO) to conduct registration of farmers, farm laborers and fishermen in Aklan will have an easier time locating houses of respondents with the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS). More details after the jump.

The house-to-house interviews of respondents is in connection with the government’s project to establish a Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA), a database or master list that contains basic information such as names, demographic and socio-economic profile and other information that will become the basis of national and subnational development plans for the country’s agriculture and fishery sectors.

Only six municipalities were allocated by the NSO with GPS receivers due to limited supply, NSO-Aklan Provincial Statistics Officer Blas M. Solidum said. These are the municipalities of Libacao, Madalag, Malinao, Batan, Balete and Altavas.

“The allocation was based on the percentage of households engaged in agriculture and fishery sectors taken from the data of the 2007 Census of Population,” Solidum said.

Solidum added the use of the GPS is part of the digitization program of farmers, farm laborers and fishermen to promote transparency, accountability, participatory governance and strengthening public relations.

For the activity covering Aklan’s 327 barangays which officially started since October 1, interviewers in the six municipalities are using Garmin eTrex 30, a hand held receiver that directly receives signals from three or more satellites orbiting above the earth with an accuracy of one to five meters radius from the center of an identified point on the ground, NSO-Aklan said. (NSO/JCM/VGV-PIA6 Aklan)

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