As of 1 October 2020, census enumeration in Eastern Visayas is 79.80% underway. Out of the 6,569 enumeration areas (EAs) in the region, 5,242 EAs were completely enumerated since 1 September 2020.
By province, Leyte (excluding Tacloban City) completed 95.92% or 2,401 out of 2,503 EAs; Biliran 92.74% (230 out of 248 EAs); Southern Leyte 91.50% (635 out of 694 EAs); Eastern Samar 87.45% (676 out of 773 EAs); Northern Samar 86.05% (722 out of 839 EAs); and Samar 36.86% (453 out of 1,229 EAs).
In the highly urbanized City of Tacloban, 44.17% or 125 out of 283 EAs were completely enumerated. Census enumeration did not start yet in areas where there are localized lockdowns due to reported COVID-19 cases. Following the passage of Executive Order No. 2020-04-019 dated 24 August 2020, Extending the Strict Implementation of Critical, Urgent and Appropriate Responses and Measures to Mitigate the Spread of the virus in Tacloban City, some barangay ingress were already barricaded preventing early on, any census activity in the area.
The Philippine Statistics Authority Regional Statistical Services Office VIII (PSA-RSSO 8) does not allow any enumerator to enter any barangay or area placed under localized lockdown unless cleared by the Barangay Chairperson to conduct census. PSA implements stringent measures against COVID-19 and the traditional face-to-face interview has been innovated to entail physical distancing and observing DOH-prescribed safety guidelines.
The Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Disease (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 38 dated 22 May 2020, allowed PSA “to operate at a capacity necessary to conduct data gathering and survey activities related to COVID-19, including those related to the generation and implementation of the National Identification (I.D.) System”.
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