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17/03/2010: Ambassador Gaa Reiterates his Call to Filipinos in the U.S. to Participate in the 2010 U.S. Census

In the next few days residences will begin receiving the short questionnaire from the U.S. Census. As such, I would like to reiterate my earlier call to all Filipinos in the United States to participate in the 2010 U.S. Census.

The U.S. federal government distributes more than $400 billion annually to state, local and tribal governments based on census data. Local governments and private institutions and corporations also utilize census data to determine funding and grant of community and social welfare projects and programs. An accurate count means more effective and equitable distribution of vital funding and resources that can have an impact on the lives and well-being of Filipinos all over the United States. Participation and being counted in the Census is to the benefit of everyone and of the Filipino community in the United States as a whole.

The U.S. Census assures every participant that their privacy is protected by the law, and that their information will be kept confidential. The law states that the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s responses to government agencies like Homeland Security, Immigration, FBI, IRS courts, military, welfare agencies, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities.

The process is simple, households are to complete and mail back the Census questionnaire as soon as they can upon receipt of the questionnaire. Don’t fail to take advantage of this opportunity to be counted. END.