The National Statistics Office has started conducting the 2012 Census of Philippine Business and Industry (CPBI) on April 1, 2013. The census covers 283 samples in Aklan to complement the 58, 039 total samples of business and industry all throughout the country.
The CPBI aims to collect and generate information on the levels, structure, performance and trends of economic activities of the industry in the formal sector for the year 2012. Likewise, it will serve as benchmark data for IT and IT-BPO services and will measure and compare national, regional and provincial economic growth.
According to Mr. Blas M. Solidum, Provincial Statistics Officer, data collected from the CPBI will serve as bases for the government and the private sector in policies, and projects formulation and evolve economic development plans.
“The data in CPBI will be used in constructing national and regional income accounts of the Philippine economy, and in determining and comparing regional economic structures and performances,” Solidum added.
It will be used also to analyze the performance and contribution of micro, small and medium establishments/enterprises (MSMEs) to the total economy, used in conducting market research and feasibility studies, and updating the frame of establishments and enterprises.
The data collected in this census comprise employment, compensation, income, expense, total assets, capital expenditures and inventories.
This activity covers sectors in agriculture, forestry and fishing; mining and quarrying, manufacturing; electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning supply including sewerage, waste management and remediation activities; construction; wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; and business and services.
Since this undertaking will coincide with the ongoing 2012 Census of Agriculture and Fisheries, selected establishments will likewise be asked about their agriculture and fishing activities.
Mr. Solidum appealed to respondents of sample enterprises to support and cooperate with NSO field personnel by giving complete and reliable information thru survey questionnaires provided them.
He assured the respondents that all information furnished to NSO will be held “strictly confidential” and cannot be used for taxation, investigation or for other law enforcement purposes.
“No reference to an individual or a corporation will be made public as the responses will be summarized into statistical tables to present a portrait of the structure and trends of the various sectors of the business and industry in the country,” Solidum explained. /MP