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Commerce-Central Statistics Division conducting local survey

THE Department of Commerce would like to inform the public that its Central Statistics Division is conducting a local survey.

It is for the fourth CNMI survey map and address register, Commerce Secretary Mark Rabauliman said, pointing out that it has nothing to do with the CNMI 2020 Census, which will start in January 2020.

Mark Rabauliman

Rabauliman said the survey map and address register is a local project of Commerce-CSD in response to the two super typhoons that hit Saipan in 2015 and 2018.

There were similar surveys conducted in 2003, 2005 and 2014, according to CSD Director Justin Andrew. Because of Super Typhoon Soudelor in August 2015, and Super Typhoon Yutu in October 2018, the latest map and address update became obsolete — a lot of houses were damaged and many people moved to other places.

Andrew said 11 CSD staffers are conducting the survey — they go to each house, record its location using GPS, then ask two questions only: who the head of the household is, and how many people are staying there.

The staffers will record a description of the house, whether it is concrete or wooden, and its color before moving to the next house.

The survey map and address register is updated every two to three years, Andrew said.

Similar surveys were conducted on Tinian and Rota from August to September, he said, adding that the survey on Saipan should be completed by the end of December.

Rabauliman wants to assure the public that the CSD surveyors will not ask for a resident’s Social Security or bank account number, and “they don’t ask for donations or anything unrelated to the survey.”

Again, he added, “I’d like to ask the public not to confuse the two surveys,” referring to the CNMI 2020 Census, which has yet to begin.

“And we ask for everybody’s understanding and continued participation in this very critical survey that is being conducted locally by our Central Statistics Division,” he added.