By Monette H. Herrera, PIA 1 La Union
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — The National Statistics Office in Region 1 (NSO-1) is conducting a Crime Victimization Survey to help criminal justice officials plan, evaluate and analyze the country’s criminal justice system.
Maria Asuncion E. Tuazon of NSO-1 said the survey aims to provide information on victimization risks and give safety measures practiced by households and the community.
It also seeks to provide data on the nature of crimes that are not reported to the police and reasons for non-reporting, identify problem areas and serve as bases in the formulation of policies to improve crime prevention, protection of victims and police services.
This year’s CVS is a rider survey of the October 2012 round of the Labor Force Survey (LFS), where the sample areas and households for the October 2012 LFS will also be the samples for CVS.
Tuazon said, a separate questionnaire for said survey will be administered, but the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the households and the crime victims will be taken from the LFS.
For region 1, a total of 2,608 samples of households will be enumerated from 85 municipalities, where all household members aged 15 years old and over who are victims of crime will be interviewed using the crime victimization questionnaire.
Thirty-three personnel were hired as Statistical Researchers to augment the manpower needed for the survey.
Tuazon added that all information obtained from individuals during the survey operation will be strictly held confidential and will not be divulged to any person except to authorized NSO personnel, acting in performance of their duties pursuant to Section 4 of Commonwealth Act No. 591, an act to create a bureau of the census and statistics to consolidate statistical activities of the government therein.
Meanwhile, a Project Steering Committee was created to monitor the full implementation of the project and at the same time resolved issues that will be encountered from the conduct of CVS.
These composed of the officials from NSO, National Statistical Coordination Board, National Police Commission and Department of National Defense.
Said survey is expected to end on October 31 where the NSO is the lead agency and primary responsible for the conduct of CVS in adherence to said act.#