SAN FRANCISCO — “Kabilang tayo sa kinabukasan” — “Be Counted for Our Future.”
This is the tag-line for the Complete Count Committee — comprised of various Filipino American organizations throughout the San Francisco area, whose goal is to make sure that every Filipino is accurately counted in the upcoming 2020 Census.
The committee was formed late last year in response to the Trump administration’s so-called anti-immigrant policies.
The committee said more than $674 billion in federal funds are at stake.
Information from the U.S. Census will allow for critical funding for the next 10 years that can be used for public transportation, schools, hospitals, senior care, and other government-funded community-based programs and services.
The committee’s goals are to give assurances to Filipinos, who may fear that the census could endanger their privacy and provide an understanding of the first-ever digital questionnaire, or of their other concerns.
“The census is a tool for us really to build power in numbers, power in resources, power in political representation. We know Filipinos are historically hard to count community. So even the numbers that have been posted and have been counted we feel that’s a slight representation of what we are, where we are, and how big we are,” said Geraldine Alcid.
According to the 2017 American Community Survey, the Bay Area is home to about 500,000 Filipinos — representing 12 percent of the entire 4 million Filipinos in the U.S.
The committee hopes that other Filipino organizations in other states are doing their part to ensure that their communities get accurately counted and represented.
“If this strategy is working please make sure out communities all across the united states use this strategy to ensure that we are 4 million strong and we want to make sure that there are 4 million voices in the upcoming census 2020.”
On April 1st, 2020 — every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 census.