The Livestock and Poultry Stastistics Division (LPSD) under the Economic Sector Statistics Service of the Philippine Statistics Authority (ESSS) initiated the conduct of the 2021 Operational Training for Livestock and Poultry Surveys. The first level training or Task Force Training was conducted last 22-24 February 2021. The purpose of this undertaking is to capacitate L&P Regional Focal Persons with regards to the concepts and definitions, survey operations, processing systems and other arising matters relative to the conduct of the L&P surveys.
On 16-18 March 2021, the 2nd Level Training was conducted together with the Focal and Assistant Focal Persons of each province.
This was to introduce the Enhanced Backyard Livestock and Poultry Survey (BLPS) questionnaires. This is the first time to include in the quarterly surveys the large animals such as cattle, carabao, goat and duck/ duck eggs for BLPS while for Commercial Livestock and Poultry Survey (CLPS) is remained on the status quo.
Questions on average farmgate price was also integrated in the questionnaire. The purpose of BLPS and CLPS is to generate estimates on livestock and poultry inventory, production in liveweight equivalent, number of animals slaughtered/dressed and other production related data. The data generated from the surveys are inputs to the Performance of Agriculture Report (PAR) and accordingly to the preparation of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Moreover, the survey supports the data needs of planners, policy and decision makers, and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector particularly the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Agriculture (DA) and its attached agencies such as the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), the National Dairy Authority (NDA), the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF), and the general public.