Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

2010 Census Project Receives $811K from Congress

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): October 29, 2009 - The FSM Congress recently passed Public Law 16-7 appropriating about $35.2 million for the operation of the branches of the national government, its agencies, various programs, grants, subsidies & contributions, and other purposes. Of this amount, $9 million is allocated for Capital and Human Resource Development, about $811,000 of which is for the 2010 Census Project. The total of funds received thus far for the census is $1.43 million.

The Census of Population and Housing is the largest statistical operation any Statistics Office undertakes. It is considered to be the "mother" of all data gathering activities as it covered the entire population and gathered a wide variety of socio-economic data. It is the main official statistical source whereon policy formulation, decision-making, and plans for the 10 years following the census are based.

The Office of Statistics, Budget, Overseas Development Assistance, and Compact Management (SBOC), the implementing agency for the project, had undertaken several activities since April 2008 in preparation for the 2010 Census. Amongst these were the:

  • Census Planning Workshop (Drafting of Census Operation Plan) - April 2008

  • Mapping Workshop I (Use of GPS in mapping process) - June 8 to 12, 2009

  • Census Launching/Workshop - June 24 to 26, 2009

  • Drafting of Questionnaire, field forms & manuals - currently being field-tested

  • Household Listing Survey - August 5 to 28, 2009

  • Mapping Workshop II (Re-delineation of EDs, compilation of a nation-wide Household Listing Database, and Pre-test Discussions) - September 28 to October 14, 2009

  • Census Pretest Operation - October 19 to 31, 2009 (ongoing)

The newly received funding will be used to pay for contracting census field and office workers, acquire vehicles/office equipments, printing and shipping of documents, deployment of workers to the field, fuel, dissemination of census results and other expenses.

A census page is being developed and will soon be available on the Division of Statistics website Check back soon for more information on the census.

"Census is On! Count Me, Count You, Count All"

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356