Bicol Multipurpose Survey (BMS), 1983: [Philippines] (ICPSR 6889)

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The 1983 Bicol Multipurpose Survey (BMS) was designed to revisit the residents of the Bicol Region of the Philippines who were surveyed during 1978 in an effort to review the progress of the Bicol River Basin Development Project (BRBDP). The Bicol Multipurpose Survey (BMS) was designed to assess the impact of the BRBDP on one of the poorest regions in the Philippines. Using data collected from both semi-urban and rural areas of the Bicol Region, the BMS sought to examine the impact not only of the various development projects of the BRBDP such as irrigation, electricity, and road repair, but also the economic, social, and health issues faced by the residents of the Bicol Region. The survey gathered data for 17 project areas and 3 cities in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon. The 1983 BMS follows the same design as BICOL MULTIPURPOSE SURVEY (BMS), 1978: [PHILIPPINES] (ICPSR 6878), with the data being organized into 31 "blocks" or series of questions. A total of 1,901 households were surveyed in 1983, most of which were previously surveyed in 1978. An additional replacement sample of 420 was drawn from the 1978 rosters for the 1983 survey. Respondents were again asked about income, employment, education, health status, and health services. Additionally, the 1983 survey gathered extensive information on fishing, business expenses, and small business activities, along with fertility, pregnancy, and mortality histories. Due to time and cost considerations, detailed questions on credit, some health-related items regarding beliefs, chronic illnesses, and breast-feeding, and detailed questions on crops were not included in the 1983 BMS. Section I, Household Data (Parts 1-32), focused on background information, transportation, environment, morbidity, and health services. Information was gathered about people living in the household six months prior to the survey as well as people who had left the household five years prior to the survey. Expenditure data on schooling were gathered for individuals 6-30 years of age. Marriage and pregnancy histories were elicited from women aged 15-49 along with family planning and birth interval information. Section II, Agriculture/Income/Labor Data (Parts 33-87), posed questions on employment, wages, and hired labor for men, women, and children aged 6-15. Data on coconut, sugar cane, and abaca crop production were also gathered, along with information about livestock and poultry, and extensive data were collected about fishing activities. Fishing boat owners were interviewed, along with capture fisherman who fished both inland and marine waters. The Barangay Survey (Parts 88-96) provided information about characteristics of the barangay in which the respondent lived (a barangay is a political subdivision equivalent to a village in rural areas and to a neighborhood in urban areas), services available in the community, types of social services or practitioners, the availability of public utilities and transportation, different types of organizations present within the barangay, employment conditions, and environmental sanitation conditions.

Bicol River Basin Development Program. Bicol Multipurpose Survey (BMS), 1983: [Philippines]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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1978 -- 1982
  1. The 1983 data may be merged with the data from 1978 (ICPSR 6878) and BICOL MULTIPURPOSE SURVEY (BMS), 1994: [PHILIPPINES] (ICPSR 6890).

  2. Users should note that barangay codes have been scrambled and documentation has been modified to preserve respondent confidentiality.


Multistage, stratified random sample of approximately 1,900 households containing more than 17,000 individuals residing in both semi-urban and rural areas. A household is defined as a dwelling where one or more families prepare food in common. A second sample of 420 replacement households was drawn from the 1978 household rosters.

All farm and nonfarm households residing in 17 integrated development areas (IDAs) and three cities of the Bicol Region, Philippines.

personal interviews and administrative records



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Bicol River Basin Development Program. Bicol Multipurpose Survey (BMS), 1983: [Philippines]. ICPSR06889-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 97 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 98 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.



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