Census on track for November completion

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THE Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) hopes to complete the National Population and Housing Census in November.

Its Acting Director-General, Hj Abdul Amin Hj Hashim, said the department launched the first of two phases in May where census officers started visiting households in the country to update information on personal characteristics, educational levels and occupations.

He said the department is approaching the halfway point of coverage, which he believes is progressing well.

“The deadline (for completing the census) is in November. InsyaAllah, we believe we can achieve it, especially with the cooperation from the public, grassroots leaders and village heads. We can finish it within the set time,” he told _The Brunei Times _during a discussion session on the census yesterday with village heads and grassroots leaders in Tutong.

Hj Abdul Amin said the discussions were one of the initiatives to ensure that progress with the census continues and were aimed at briefing the grassroots leaders and village heads.

He encouraged them to continue to inform the public about the census as it will ensure effective and efficient cooperation.

“We require cooperation and understanding from the public. The public is required to give the information that’s needed,” he said.

With cooperation by all parties, Hj Abdul Amin believes the department will be able to move to the second phase soon.

The first phase is expected to be completed in September. It will then be able to start the second phase from October to November.

The department said the second phase will involve around 5,000 households that have been randomly selected to collect more detailed information about labour force characteristics.

It said the census is for updating information from the 2011 Population and Housing Census.

The National Population and Housing Census will have updated data on demographics, education and employment characteristics and the listing of housing units that can be used for future censuses and surveys.

The Brunei Times