Encoding, Processing and Tabulation of Agricultural Employment Data for LFS
The Pilot Agricultural Labor Survey (ALS) paved the way for the encoding, processing, and tabulating of existing agricultural employment data from the Labor Force Survey (LFS). The study intended to digitize and put together results from the LFS conducted every quarter by the National Statistics Office (NSO). A series of processes was conducted to provide crucial agricultural employment information to researchers and to generate a more efficient compiling and tabulating system of agricultural data. The encoding phase of the project utilized the three-digit code occupation and industry of employed persons. Codes were lifted from the Philippine Standard Occupation Classification (PSOC) and the Philippine Standard Industry Classification (PSIC). The project used the October 2001 and January 2002 rounds of LFS. Throughout the encoding process, consistency checks were performed to ensure correctness of inputted data. Generation of agricultural employment tables were then performed and the necessary data disaggregation was applied. The generated tables showed that two-thirds of the sample households for LFS reported to have members employed in agriculture, forestry and fisheries. However, these results needed further validation as inconsistencies and challenges were encountered during the encoding and processing phase of the study. Still, this paved the way for more efficient and automated succeeding LFS rounds starting October 2002 wherein detailed tables on agricultural labor data can now be produced.