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Philippines' statistical agencies are now consolidated into one body

Statistical agencies now consolidated into one

Philippines' statistical agencies are  now consolidated into one body
Philippines’ statistical agencies are now consolidated into one body

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – The country’s statistical agencies are  now consolidated into one body called the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) in efforts to streamline statistical operations for better delivery of public service.

The National Statistics Office (NSO), National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), the  Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) and the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES)  are  lumped under the PSA by virtue of Republic Act  10625, also known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013. Its  Implementing Rules and Regulations  took effect on December 29, 2013.

NSCB  regional head Benjamin Navarro, in a recent meeting of the Regional Social Development Committee,   said the a National Statistician who will head the PSA shall be appointed by the President from a list of nominees submitted by a Special Committee and endorsed by the PSA Board Chairperson.

The  PSA for the time being is   headed by  Interim National Statistician Lina V. Castro. She is assisted by  two  interim Deputy National Statisticians in the person of Mr. Romeo  Recide and Ms. Paula Monica Collado. They will oversee the transition and reorganization processes for the full merger of  four  agencies.

In the meantime, Navarro said  that in the Cordillera Region, the public can still address their communications to NSO-CAR Director Olivia Gulla regarding concerns about civil registry documents or results of surveys conducted by the NSO.

For concerns on agricultural statistics, communications  can be addressed to Director Juanito Yabes of the BAS.

For  concerns poverty statistics, Gross Domestic Products,  the public  should contact NSCB-CAR.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.