Second stage of BPP 2021 census begins

Azlan Othman

The second stage of the Population and Housing Census (BPP) 2021: e-Census Implementation is currently being conducted until June 21, the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics (JPES) of the Ministry of Finance and Economy stated.

The first stage of BPP 2021: Houselisting from January 20 to February 21, has been completed.

During the second stage, the e-Census system can be accessed through the BPP 2021 portal at www.brucensus.gov.bn to enable the public to fill in information online anytime and anywhere.

BPP 2021 covers all persons, be they citizens of Brunei Darussalam, permanent residents or temporary residents who have stayed or will stay as usual members of a household for six months or more in 2021.

The e-Census system contains questions related to housing characteristics and demographic characteristics of each household member, including education, employment, health and leisure activities.

The questions included in the census are based on the inputs from ministries and stakeholders, as well as the latest international guidelines for the purpose of country comparisons of census data. The census results will provide new benchmarks for the use of evaluation, planning and policy formulation by the government, and various analysis and research purposes by other users.

Heads of households who have chosen to use the e-Census approach will receive a short message service (SMS) through their mobile phone numbers and emails.

The head of household is required to register first to the e-Census System using the Access Code provided during BPP 2021 First Stage and identity card number. Verification of the e-mail address and mobile phone number will also be done before a OneTime Password (OTP) is sent via SMS. After completing the registration process, households can proceed to answer the census questions online.

A manual on how to use the e-Census System and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available at the BPP 2021 portal for easy reference.

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 and guarantees the confidentiality of information.

For enquiries, the public can contact JPES via hotline at 8382021 / 8382022 (Brunei-Muara), 8382023 (Belait), 8382024 (Tutong), and 8382025 (Temburong); Darussalam hotline at 123; call 2230265 or 2230250 (during office hours); email at [email protected] or log on to Census Portal www.brucensus.gov.bn or website www.deps.gov.bn, Instagram statistics.jpes

A help desk is also provided at JPES Head Office at Block 2A, Jalan Ong Sum Ping, Bandar Seri Begawan BA1311.

JPES seek the public’s full support and cooperation for the success of BPP 2021. ‘Be Counted, For Our Future’.