On 08 to 31 July 2021, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will begin the 2021 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) as a rider survey to the July 2021 Labor Force Survey (LFS). For the first time, FIES will fully utilize Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) approach and adopt the 2020 Philippine Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (PCOICOP) developed by the United Nations Statistical Division.
FIES gathers data on the income distribution and levels of living and spending patterns of Filipino families across the country. The data will serve as inputs to the estimation of the country’s poverty threshold and incidence and will be the basis of the government for its social and economic development planning and decision-making. It is held every three (3) years and the last survey was in 2018.
FIES 2021 shall be conducted in two separate operations. For Visit 1 which will be conducted this July 2021, the reference period will be 01 January to 30 June 2021, while for Visit 2 which will be conducted in January 2022 will cover 01 July to 31 December 2021.
Meanwhile, LFS is a quarterly survey of households that measures the current state of the country’s labor market and is used, among others, to calculate national, and regional employment indicators. The economic slump in 2020 prompted the inclusion of questions regarding the effect of ECQ/Lockdown/COVID-19 pandemic to LFS.
The July 2021 LFS and FIES 2021 will utilize the 2013 Master Sample (2013 MS) for household-based surveys of PSA. Around 10,752 sample households enumerated in LFS will be the subjects of inquiry of FIES. While the FIES gathers data on the family’s income and expenditure on a semestral basis, the LFS gathers employment characteristics of the population based on a “past week” reference period.
The mandate of PSA to conduct surveys emanate from Republic Act 10625 or the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013, which states that PSA is primarily responsible for all national censuses and surveys, sectoral statistics, consolidation of selected administrative recording systems and compilation of national accounts.
PSA adheres and commits to the confidentiality of information as stipulated in Section 26 of RA 10625 (Confidentiality of Information) and Section 8 of RA 10173 (Data Privacy Act). All data obtained from the survey will be released only in summary form or statistical tables.
The office assures the public that required public health and safety measures to contain COVID-19 will be strictly observed in all phases of field operations. All PSA personnel and hired statistical researchers who will be deployed 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).