PSA to Conduct 2020 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey and July 2020 Labor Force Survey amidst COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

The PSA enjoins the public to support the conduct of the 2020 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS), a rider survey of the July 2020 Labor Force Survey (LFS), on 08 to 31 July 2020.   The continual conduct of these government-mandated surveys is pursuant to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 22, series of 2020, dated 8 April 2020.  The resolution allows PSA to gather data related to COVID-19 and National Identification (I.D.) System, provided that data gathering will be carried out under strict physical distancing measures and other health protocols.

The July 2020 LFS and APIS 2020 cover approximately 2,706 sample housing units  selected from the 2013 Master Sample (MS) for household-based surveys of  PSA.  During the survey period, sample households will be enumerated using either of the two methods: (1) face-to-face interview (with at least one meter distance); or the alternative (2) telephone interview (Tel-in) where the sample household shall provide their mobile/telephone number to the interviewer.   In this survey round of APIS, the use of one LFS-APIS Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) system will be employed.  This Computer Aided Data Collection System (CADaCS) application using tablet incorporates the questionnaires of the July 2020 LFS and the 2020 APIS.

The APIS 2020 is the fourteenth in a series of poverty indicators survey conducted nationwide since 1998 (except in years when the Family Income and Expenditure Survey was conducted). The survey gathers data that can be used to generate non-income indicators related to poverty that will be used to assess and monitor the poverty situation in the country.   As a poverty monitoring tool, it serves as basis for the formulation of policies and programs to improve the living conditions of the population.

Specifically, this round of APIS will capture information on how families avail themselves of assistance from the different amelioration programs of the government to dampen the effect of the pandemic in the socio-economic situation of the population.  The LFS, on the other hand,  just like the April 2020 round, will be used to quantify the continuing effect of the pandemic crisis on labor and employment in the country.  Data from July 2020 LFS and APIS 2020 will be used as inputs in the development of Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI).

The set of rider questions about the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) aims to further inform the current communication strategy of the program. The objective of the questions is to determine the Filipinos’ level of awareness, and willingness to participate in PhilSys and its registration activities that is set to start in the fourth quarter of 2020. Insights coming from the answers to the questionnaire are expected to provide a sound information base for the direction of the overall PhilSys communication strategy.

The success of these surveys depend on the quality of the data that will be collected.  Hence,  PSA appeals to the public to cooperate and respond to the said undertaking.  The office assures that all teams that will be deployed are healthy and will follow DOH-specified precautions against COVID-19, such as wearing of face mask and face shield, physical distancing, proper hygiene and sanitation, and wearing of PSA ID.  Further, they will adhere to all protocols laid out by Local Government Units (LGUs).

The PSA salutes its frontliner-respondents as well as interviewers and supervisors’ commitment in carrying out this task.  Their courage and dedication to continue the work at hand amidst COVID-19 pandemic are highly appreciated.  The ultimate collective objective across all government instrumentalities right now is to address the urgent need to provide relevant and timely data that will be used to protect public health, formulate recovery and rehabilitation program, social amelioration packages and other social safety nets to all affected sector in response to the nationwide bayanihan hashtag, “we heal as one”.

For inquiries and further information, please contact our office with telephone numbers (053) 321-8389 or (053) 321-5153, and email address


Regional Director