The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) – Guimaras is currently reaching out to fifteen households in the two municipalities of the island-province for the 2018 Agricultural Wages Rate Survey (AWRS) January round.
The fifteen household respondents are located in the five chosen barangays in the province. These barangays are Cabungahan, Sapal and M. Chavez in San Lorenzo town and Ayangan and Sebaste in Sibunag town.
PSA began the 2018 AWRS operation on January 10 and expected to finish it by March 31, 2018.
The survey seeks to determine the national and regional averages on wage rates by type of labor for the different farm operations, generate gender-based data for wage rates, and determine the extent of women’s participation in agricultural production activities.
It further aims to establish basis for computing the average wage rate in agriculture and subsequently, a composite wage rate index for four agricultural commodities: palay, corn, coconut, and sugarcane.
PSA-Guimaras Chief Statistical Specialist Nelida Losare said the AWRS undertakings in the province cover palay only for it is the major crop of the province.
Important data items to be gathered out of the survey include the daily wage rate of farm workers by crop and by sex; wage rate of farm workers by crop, by basis of payment and by farm activity; number of man-days per hectare by crop, by farm activity, by the source of labor, by sex; the distribution of hired workers by terms of payment, by crop and by sex; and distribution of farm households employing hired workers by farm activity, by crop, and by sex.
Losare said the AWRS is formerly known as the Agricultural Labor Survey (ALS). It was renamed to give distinction to the survey as a statistical activity that focuses mainly on generating information on the cost of farm labor. PIA-6