NSO to Conduct the National Demographic and Health Survey
(PR-201307-PP1-09, Posted 30 July 2013)
Beginning August 5 until September 24, 2013, the National Statistics Office (NSO) will be distributing the questionnaires to collect data for the 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).
Conducted every five years, the NDHS is a part of the worldwide Measure Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program which collects information on a variety of health-related topics such as fertility, family planning, and maternal and child health. The survey is also a designated statistical activity under Executive Order No. 352, “Designation of Statistical Activities that will Generate Critical Data for Decision-Making of the Government and the Private Sector”, issued on July 1, 1996.
The 2013 NDHS will specifically collect data and information on the background characteristics of women 15-49 years old, on reproductive behaviour and intentions, family planning, maternal and child health, marriage and sexual activities, human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and other health issues, household characteristics, and domestic violence.
The survey will cover 17,000 females aged 15-49 years from 16,000 households nationwide, with an expected response rate of 98%. Survey results are expected to be released on August 20, 2014.
Key findings from the 2008 NDHS showed that 20% of women in the country experienced physical violence. This was found to have an inverse correlation with the economic and academic status of the women; women coming from wealthier households and those with higher levels of education reported lesser occurrences of experiencing physical violence. Relatedly, it was also revealed that fertility has a reverse correlation with mothers’ education and economic status. Women who have had college education have an average of two children, while those with only elementary education have, on the average, five children. The poorest women were also found to have more than twice the number of offspring than women living in the wealthiest households. Survey results showed that more than half of married Filipino women use family planning – 34% of which uses a modern family planning method.
The 2008 survey reported that though almost all (94%) Filipino women 15-49 years of age have heard of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), only 22% have comprehensive knowledge of the causes of the disease.
Results from the 2008 NDHS also revealed that the proportion of children 12-23 months who received all recommended vaccines at any time prior to the survey increased from 70% in 2003 to 80% in 2008. Moreover, 89% of households in the country used an improved source of drinking water and two thirds of the households have access to an improved toilet facility.
The NDHS is one of the surveys reviewed and granted clearance through the Statistical Survey Review and Clearance System (SSRCS). This mechanism was instituted by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) through Resolution No. 4 (series of 1988), “Clearance of Statistical Survey Forms/Questionnaires”, and Memorandum Circular Nos. 4-88, “Implementation of National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) Resolution No. 4-88 on the Clearance of Statistical Survey Forms/Questionnaires Pursuant to Sec. 5 (a) and (d) of Executive Order No. 121”, and 4-95, “Statistical Survey Review and Clearance System”, to ensure that censuses/surveys sponsored and/or conducted by government agencies conform to prescribed statistical standards, and consequently, to make certain that statistics generated out of these censuses/surveys are reliable, comparable, and consistent.
The public is enjoined to respond to and support the conduct of the 2013 NDHS.
JOSE RAMON G. ALBERT
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