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9th National Convention on Statistics (NCS) EDSA Shangri-La Hotel October 4-5, 2004

BARANGAY HOUSEHOLDS INFORMATION SYSTEM (BaHIS): GEARING TOWARDS THE PRODUCTION OF SMALL AREA STATISTICS by Virgilio N. Fusilero, Ma. Leah C. Magracia and Heidy O. Palencia

For additional information, please contact: Author’s name: Designation: Author’s name: Designation: Author’s name: Designation: Agency: Address: Telefax: E-mail: Virgilio N. Fusilero Regional Director Ma. Leah C. Magracia Statistician III Heidi O. Palencia Statistician II National Statistics Office Region XI Davao City (082) 226-4759/221-8338 nsoII@skynet.net

BARANGAY HOUSEHOLDS INFORMATION SYSTEM (BaHIS): GEARING TOWARDS THE PRODUCTION OF SMALL AREA STATISTICS by: Virgilio N. Fusilero, Ma. Leah C. Magracia, Heidy O. Palencia1 ABSTRACT The Local Government Code of 1991 has mandated Local Government Units (LGUs) to prepare comprehensive development plan. These shall serve as their blueprint in the performance of their functions. A very vital tool in the preparation of this plan is statistical data. The National Statistics Office (NSO), mandated to produce generalization purpose statistics, is one of the sources of data of the LGUs. As much as the NSO would like to cater to all the LGU needs, because of budgetary constraints, there are data gaps in terms of level of disaggregation and updated statistics. This paper will describe in detail: (1) The Barangay Household Information System (BaHIS) conceptualized by the NSO Region XI to equip the LGUs with the capability of producing statistics at their level and (2) Statistical highlights of the data gathered when the system was piloted in three (3) barangays, which include: Brgy. Sto. Niño, Talaingod, Davao del Norte; Brgy. Lucod, Baganga, Davao Oriental; and Brgy. Mabila, Sarangani, Davao del Sur.

INTRODUCTION The Local Government Code of 1991 (Republic Act 7160) has transferred the power, authority and responsibility from the central government to Local Government Units (LGUs) in performing basic governmental functions. Among LGUs responsibilities is to undertake development planning. LGUs must come up with a comprehensive multi-sectoral development plan, among others. To have sound, relevant plans, LGUs have to depend on their SocioEconomic and Physical Profile (SEPP). The database contains data and statistics on the social, economic and physical situation, and other basic information about the LGU. The database therefore should be accurate reliable and timely. The National Statistics Office has been heavily relied upon by LGUs to provide them the data that they need particularly in the demographic sector. Due to budgetary constraints, the office could not really provide each and every LGU what they need. Consider the following: • Population and Housing Statistics – from a census, conducted every ten years. Published tables: total population at the barangay level, detailed population and housing characteristic at the municipal level. However, population characteristics down to the barangay level could be generated from Public Use Files (PUFs) upon request

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Regional Director, Statistician III and Statistician II, respectively, National Statistics Office Region XI, Davao City

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Agriculture and Fishery statistics - from a census, conducted every ten years, data at the municipal level. Employment statistics – from a survey, conducted every quarter, data available at the provincial level and highly urbanized cities Other demographic statistics, i.e. demographic and health, family planning, functional literacy, income and expenditure statistics – from a survey, conducted every 3 or 5 years, and data available at the regional/provincial level.

Inasmuch as SEPP is a must for all LGUs and NSO could not serve all its needs, NSO Region XI has designed a system to help LGUs undertake the generation of statistics at their level to fill in the data gaps. BARANGAY HOUSEHOLDS INFORMATION SYSTEM (BAHIS) The...
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