Philippine Institute for Development Studies conducts the Socioeconomic Survey of Persons with Disabilities in Cebu, Philippines

Reference Number: 

2016-111

Release Date: 

Friday, July 22, 2016
 
In line with the world-wide effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, one of which aims to address disability issues, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) in cooperation with the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE) will conduct the Socioeconomic Survey of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Cebu province. This is the third PIDS survey that focuses on the socioeconomic activities of PWDs. The first survey was conducted in selected areas in Metro Manila in 2008 while the second was conducted in Rosario, Batangas in 2010.
 
The survey seeks to understand the disability-poverty relationship in the Philippines by comparing situations of women and children with disabilities in one rural and one urban area. The survey will be conducted in Mandaue City and municipality of San Remegio in Cebu. A total of 200 respondents will be selected and will be asked about their economic activities, personal and household income, membership in disability self-help organizations, and awareness of the various policies intended for PWDs.
 
In March 2013. a discussion paper published by Mr. Christian D. Mina of PIDS entitled "Employment of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the Philippines: The Case of Metro Manila and Rosario, Batangas" revealed the following major findings:
  • The proportion of employed PWDs in the urban area was slightly higher (58.3%) than that in the rural area (41.9%);
  • Among PWD groups, those who were hearing-impaired recorded the highest employment rate (40.6%) in the rural area among the PWD groups, followed closely by those who were mobility-impaired (28.1%);
  • 40.6% of employed PWDs in the rural area were at least high school graduates whereas more than half (53.2%) of employed PWDs in the urban area were at least high school graduates;
  • The leading occupation among PWDs in the urban area was being a masseur while in the rural area. PWDs were more engaged in farming and livestock and poultry raising. although many respondents in both areas were also involved in entrepreneurial activities and reported to be working as helpers/utility workers or laborers;
  • The visually-impaired group was composed mainly (62.8%) of masseurs; and
  • The majority (97.8%) of employed respondents in both areas were considered as vulnerable workers-self-employed and unpaid family workers.
This year, the total cost of the survey is Php 1.2 million which will cover for personal, travel, communication and training expenses. Results of the survey is expected to be released in September 2016.
 
The Socio-economic Survey of Persons with Disabilities was cleared for conduct on 13 June 2016 under the SSRCS, a mechanism being implemented by the PSA by virtue of Rule 28 of Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act NO.10625 to:
  • ensure sound design for data collection;
  • minimize the burden placed upon respondents;
  • effect economy in statistical data collection;
  • eliminate unnecessary duplication of statistical data collection; and
  • achieve better coordination of government statistical activities.
To improve the accuracy of disability statistics in the country, PWD residents of Mandaue City and municipality of San Remegio are thus enjoined to respond accordingly and support the conduct of the survey.
 
For further information on the SSRCS, please contact the Statistical Standards Division (SSD) of the Standards Service (SS) with telephone numbers (02) 376-1928 and (02) 376-1931, and email address:p.rivera@psa.gov.ph.
 
 
FOR THE NATIONAL STATISTICIAN:
 
 
JOSIE B. PEREZ
(Deputy National Statistician)
Officer-in-Charge
 

 

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