The following description of this survey appeared in the 1991 edition of Dynamic Database: A Catalogue of Survey Data Files, Voorburg: International Statistical Institute.
Name of survey: Republic of Philippines Fertility Survey
Executive agency: National Census and Statistics Office
Date of fieldwork: 1978
Universe: Ever-married women, 15-49
Coverage: National, 95%
Weights: Self-weighting within domains
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation, family planning and FOTCAF modules
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 76,196, self-weighting within domains); Re-interview (n = 645); Community (n = 352)
The questionnaire was printed in five linguistic versions and an additional
three versions were available in mimeographed form. This survey has an
unusually rich substance as it used the WFS FOTCAF, family planning and
abortion modules. A complete history of non-live births is available on the SR
file. Household survey data have also been added to the SR file. These include
information on lighting, cooking, drinking water, sanitation and dwelling size.
The female employment data are unusually detailed and include: dates of most
recent employment; whether currently working; and whether worked in each birth
interval. The husband's work location, mode of transport and travelling time
to work is ascertained. Additional background information is available on
religious beliefs of husband and wife, on newspaper readership and current and
childhood language. The current residence of each child (at home/elsewhere) is
A community survey was conducted in rural @barangays@. This elicited
information on accessibility of facilities and services. A re-interview survey
was also conducted, with fieldwork starting at least one month after the main
Data may be used for academic research, provided that credit is given
in any publication resulting from the research to the agency that
conducted the survey and that two copies of any publication are sent to:
Mr. Tomas P. Africa
National Statistics Office
P.O. Box 779
Sta. Mesa, Manila 1008
Public Use Files
Available files include the individual standard recode data and dictionary, and the supplemental survey data and dictionary, in the original WFS format. In addition, the individual standard recode data and dictionary dictionary are available in ISSA format.
The table below lists the file names and descriptions.
1. National Census and Statistics Office; University of ,the Philippines
Population Institute; National Economic and Development Authority,
Republic of the Philippines Fertility Survey, 1978: First Report, Manila,
2. National Census and Statistics Office, Proceedings of the National Seminar
on the 1978 Republic of the Philippines Fertility Survey, Manila, Aug
3. Reyes, F.L., Evaluation of the Republic of the Philippines Fertility Survey
1978, WFS Scientific Reports no 19, 1981.
4. Engracia, L.T., C. Mejia and J.B. Casterline, eds Fertility in the
Philippines: Further Analysis of the Republic of the Philippines Fertility
Survey 1978, ISI, 1984.
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