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Philippines to use GPS for farmers, fishers’ registration

Philippines: Field interviewers tasked by the National Statistics Office (NSO) to conduct registration of farmers, farm labourers and fishermen in Aklan will have an easier time now locating houses of respondents with the use of GPS devices.

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.

“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.

The use of GPS is part of the digitisation programme of farmers, farm labourers and fishermen to promote transparency, accountability, participatory governance and strengthening public relations, he added.

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 meter radius from the centre of an identified point on the ground, NSO-Aklan said.

Source: PIA