Census education

On Thursday, Economics and
Statistics Office Director Maria Zingapan held a reiteration round table
meeting on informing the public about the upcoming census to begin on 10
October, Census Day.

Members of Cayman media attended
the discussion and listened to key points made by Mrs. Zingapan, Census Manager
Betty Talbert, and Census Advisory Committee members Deanna Lookloy and Wil
Pineau.

Mrs. Zingapan focused on the main points
of the census.

“We would like, as much as
possible, for the publicity campaign not to be event oriented, but educational
in content,” she said.

Chamber of Commerce CEO Mr. Pineau
voiced his belief that the upcoming census can only benefit businesses on the
islands.

“It’s important for us, certainly
in the business community, to know where these things are occurring, so they
can modify their business plans for the future,” he said. “I think it’s
fantastic that the census gives us that opportunity every 10 years to
re-evaluate where we are.”

Another topic raised by committee
members was the idea of census information helping the public in disaster
situations and emergency relief.

“I’m happy to know that the census
is taking place now because I recall immediately after Hurricane Ivan, I had to
mobilize my entire staff of social workers to do house-to-house surveys to find
out who was living there, how many were in the household, if they had
insurance, what type of damage, to provide the government with information,”
said Department of Children and Family Services Director Mrs. Lookloy.

Mrs. Lookloy said she will rely on
the census information to better inform the public if similar emergencies
arise.

According to Betty Talbert, one of
the committee members, census takers will additionally be able to find out if
people have health insurance. The government will be able to identify where the
gaps are and come up with strategies to provide health services.  

She also explained the breakdown of
employees needed for the census.

“We need a little less than 400
persons to work for the census, approximately 263 enumerators, 57 field
supervisors and nine area coordinators,” she said. “The area coordinators are
selected from the ESO senior staff, the field supervisors and enumerators will
be selected from those that have been invited in the training.”

The training will take place
simultaneously in the evenings in West Bay, Bodden Town and two groups in
George Town. Each training team has roughly 40 trainees.

The trainers will each receive $30
for each completed survey. The field supervisors will earn $3,000 over a period
of roughly two months.

ESO hopes to publish the findings
and statistics of census by 10 October, 2011.

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