• Philippine statistical agencies to be merged – NSO

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    The National Statistics Office (NSO) announced on Thursday the “reorganization” of the Philippine Statistical System to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

    In a statement, the NSO said that under the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act (RA) 10625, or the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013, the association of statistical bodies Philippine Statistical System (PSS) would be merged into one statistical body—the PSA.

    The PSS consist of the NSO, National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) and Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES).

    “Thus, the National Statistics Office, the primary statistical arm of the government, along with three other major statistical agencies engaged in the collection and compilation data for planning and policy purposes, will now be known as the Philippine Statistics Authority,” the NSO said.

    The PSA would be “responsible for all national censuses and surveys, sector statistics, consolidation of selected administrative recording systems and compilation of national accounts.”

    “Its [PSA] main tasks include planning; development and prescription; dissemination and enforcement of policies, rules and regulations; and coordination of government-wide programs governing the production of official general-purpose statistics and the delivery of civil registration services,” the NSO said.

    Under Section 6 of the RA 10625, PSA would also have the power to “carry out, enforce and administer” civil registrations provided by the RA 3753, or the Law on Registry of Civil Status. RA 10625 also directed the creation of the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) to replace the Statistical Research and Training Center under Section 17, which aims to develop and promote statistical practice in the country.

    According to the NSO, both PSRTI and PSA are connected to the National Economic and Development Authority for policy coordination. The NSO said that President Benigno Aquino 3rd signed the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 on September 12 last year, while its implementing rules and regulations was signed on December 29 also last year.

    The law was aligned with Executive Order 121, or “Reorganizing and Strengthening the Philippines Statistical System [PSS] and for Other Purposes,” to improve, organize and promote statistics to help different sectors of the country.

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