Over 50pc households participate in e-census

James Kon

Some 57 per cent or around 47,000 households had selected to use e-census for Stage Two during stage one of the Population and Housing Census from January to February 2021, Department of Economic Planning and Statistics (JPES) Director General Hajah Mariah binti Haji Yahya said.

“The high number of participation in the e-census was a positive sign that the public has accepted the use of innovative technology. JPES is hopeful that during Stage Three, the number of families needing face-to-face interviews will be reduced,” she said.

Hajah Mariah made these comments in her welcoming remarks at an e-census clinic at the lobby area of the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) yesterday officially launched by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah.

Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy (Economy) Dato Seri Paduka Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin, senior officials and heads of departments also participated.

The JPES under the MoFE through the Department of Statistics, is in the process of conducting the sixth edition of the Population and Housing Census (BPP) 2021 which entered the second stage of e-census on April 21.

Minister at Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II, Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah launches the e-cencus clinic. Also in the photo is Department of Economic Planning and Statistics (JPES) Director General Hajah Mariah binti Haji Yahya. PHOTO: JAMES KON

The e-census clinic will be organised in other ministries and designated locations in each district. The public will be updated on the developments.

The JPES urged heads of families who have chose to use e-census to register and complete the information before the survey ends on June 21.

The BPP 2021 is conducted under Chapter 78 of the Census Act from the laws of Brunei Darussalam. The Census Act makes it obligatory for the public to answer all census questions, while the confidentiality of information is guaranteed.

For inquiries on the BPP2021 especially on e-census, the public can contact JPES on 8382021 or 8382022 (Brunei Muara), 8382023 (Belait), 8382024 (Tutong), 8382025 (Temburong) or Darussalam hotline 123. The public can also contact 2230265 or 2230250 during office hours or email to [email protected] or visit www.brucensus.gov.bn, www.deps.gov.bn and Instagram at statistics.jpes.

The help desk has also been provided at JPES Head Office at Block 2A, Jalan Ong Sum Ping, Bandar Seri Begawan BA1311 as well as JPES Belait branch at Bangunan Jabatan-Jabatan Kerajaan, Jalan Carey, Kuala Belait, KA1931; and JPES Temburong branch at Bangunan Jabatan-Jabatan Kerajaan, Temburong, PA1351.