The April 2021 Labor Force Survey (LFS) with rider questions related to Gender-sensitive Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) under the UN Women project will be undertaken by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) from 08 to 30 April 2021.
The LFS is a nationwide quarterly survey of households conducted to gather data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population particularly on the distribution of employed, underemployed, unemployed population 15 years old and over. The result of the survey aims to provide a quantitative framework for the preparation of plans and formulation of policies affecting the labor market.
The UN Women’s rider questions, on the other hand, aim to collect data on the gendered impacts or consequences of COVID-19, particularly on the changes in time spent by women and men on unpaid household and care work.
Since July 2019 LFS round, questions pertaining to the concept of hunger were clarified to include three conditions that have to be present for the person to have experienced hunger. These conditions are the following: 1) It is experienced by the person (nangyari na ang pagkagutom); 2) It is involuntary (hindi niya ginustong magutom); and 3) Non-availability and non-accessibility of/to food.
A total of 2,688 sample households in Eastern Visayas will be enumerated using the Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) system. All data obtained will be held strictly confidential as stipulated in Section 26 of RA 10625 and Section 8 of RA 10173 or the Data Privacy Act (Confidentiality). The PSA will release data gathered only in the form of summaries or statistical tables.
PSA assures the public that all personnel involved in this undertaking are in good health condition and will strictly follow precautionary measures against COVID-19, such as wearing of face mask and face shield, physical distancing, proper hygiene and sanitation, and wearing of PSA ID. They shall likewise observe all protocols laid down by the Local Government Units (LGUs).
Based on the January 2021 LFS round preliminary results, out of the estimated 3.1 million population 15 years old and over in Eastern Visayas, about 1.9 million were economically active or in the labor force. From this number, employment rate (ER) stood at 92.4 percent, underemployment rate at 21.2 percent, and unemployment rate at 7.6 percent.