PSA Iloilo conducts second visit of FIES

Statistical Researchers (SR) for the Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) will revisit the same sample households interviewed during the first visit in July 2021.

Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)-Iloilo again hired 114 SRs for the survey in January 2022 with a total workload of 3,227 households composed of 1,545 households from Iloilo and 1,682 households from Iloilo City.

FIES is a rider survey of the Labor Force Survey (LFS) conducted by the PSA across the country. It is the main source of data on family income and expenditure in the Philippines since 1957.

It provides a basic source of information for the estimation of the household account in the System of National Accounts and balances, measurement of the Human and Development Index (HDI), measurement of poverty, and measurement of the of living of different sections of the population and disparities in levels of living across geographical regions and socioeconomic groups and for intertemporal comparisons of these levels and disparities.

It also provides basic data for studies on the distinctive effects of direct and indirect taxation and social benefits, for the formulation of income and fiscal policies and the estimation of tax receipts, supplies information for assessing the impact on living standards of existing or proposed social and economic programs and for formulating welfare-oriented policies, and generates data needed for statistical demand analysis leading to the estimation of income, price and cross elasticity of demand, among other things.

Its objectives are to gather data on family income, sources of income, family expenditure, and related information affecting family income and expenditure levels and patterns in the Philippines, to determine the income distribution, levels of living and spending patterns, and the degree of inequality among families, to provide benchmark information to update the weights used in the estimation of Consumer Price Index (CPI), and to provide inputs in the estimation of the country’s poverty threshold and incidence.

Supervising Statistical Specialist Jerry L. Dolutan, officer-in-charge of PSA-Iloilo Provincial Statistical Office, guaranteed the strict confidentiality of all information obtained during the survey that pertains to any particular household or person.

Dolutan requested the cooperation of the public and the sample households to provide truthful, complete, and accurate information to the Statistical Researchers.

“Rest assured that all SRs are fully vaccinated and will strictly follow the health protocols set by IATF, DOH, and local government units,” he added.