NSO rollout village census final phase

Field enumerators for Central Islands Province go through the VRS questionnaire, GPS, household listing form and business in a debriefing session with NSO Senior Information Officer Joy Talo recently. Photos from

THE National Statistics Office (NSO) is rolling out the final phase of the Village Resource Survey & Household Listing 2017-2018 (VRS).

Commenced in mid May 2018, provinces that come under field enumerations for the 3rd phase (final phase) include; Western, Isabel, Central Islands, Malaita and Guadalcanal.

National VRS Director Raphael Aipaina said this is the survey’s final phase in terms of data collection and things would be wrapped up for data processing.

Mr Aipaina said the survey is rolling on well since it was commenced in October last year.

Other provinces that covered in the initial and second phase are:

  • Renbel province
  • Temotu province
  • Choiseul province
  • Honiara and
  • Makira province

The VRS and Household Listing 2017-2018 is the basis for 2019 Census enumeration areas (EA) demarcation.

Central Islands Province field enumerators in a debriefing session recently.

The survey (VRS) will play the role of assisting the Solomon Islands Government in providing quality data at the village level, which is essential, to see the impact of development, and guide its development efforts and policy – makers in the future, to improve the livelihood and standard of living for all Solomon Islanders.

The survey collects information on services to the village and include mapping and also collect information on the location of households by GPS and the number of people per household by gender.

The Solomon Islands Government (SIG) through the Ministry of Finance & Treasury (MoFT) is funding the VRS 2017/18 project.


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