Philippine Statistical Act of 2013
Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 An Act Reorganizing the Philippine Statistical System, Repealing for the Purpose Executive Order Number One Hundred Twenty-One, Entitled "Reorganizing and Strenghtening the Philippine Statistical System and for Other Purposes" - creates the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) that shall comprise the PSA Board and offices on sectoral statistics, censuses and technical coordination, civil registration and central support and field statistical services. The PSA shall be constituted from among the existing personnel of the major statistical agencies engaged in primary data collection and compilation of secondary data, i.e., the National Statistics Office, the Technical Staff of the National Statistical Coordination Board, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics. The PSA shall be headed by a National Statistician who shall be appointed by the President. The NS will be supported by three Deputy National Statisticians.
The data produced by the PSA shall be the official and controlling statistics of the government and the PSA will be characterized by Integrity, Independence and Professionalism. It shall serve as the central statistical authority of the Philippine government on primary data collection and administer civil registration functions in the country as provided for in Act No. 3753, otherwise known as the Civil Registry Law.
While processes are underway for the development of the PSA website, currently, the respective websites of the merged agencies are still accessible and regularly updated. The National Statistics Month of 2014 launches the new website at http://www.psa.gov.ph/ where each of the former agencies' websites will eventually be integrated.
The National Statistics Office (NSO) was first called Bureau of the Census and Statistics (BCS) when Commonwealth Act (C.A.) No. 591 was approved on August 19, 1940.
Executive Order No. 314 transferred to the BCS the powers, functions, duties, personnel, appropriations, property and records of other statistical agencies effective January I, 1941. Among these were the functions of the Division of Labor and Statistics of the Department of Labor and of the Section of Vital Statistics of the Bureau of Health, Department of Instruction.
Also transferred to the BCS were positions and employees of the following agencies:
Division of Statistics of the Department of Agriculture and Commerce;
Statistical Division of the Bureau of Customs;
General Civil Registry Division of the National Library;
Division of Labor Statistics of the Department of labor; and
Section of the Vital Statistics of the Bureau of Health.
Presedential Decree No. 418 issued on March 20, 1974 reconstituted the BCS into a new agency known as the National Census and Statistics Office (NCSO) under the administrative supervision of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).
In 1987, by virtue of Executive Order No. 121 entitled "Reorganizing and Strengthening the Philippine Statistical System and for Other Purposes," the NCSO as renamed National Statistics Office was placed under the Office of the President.
Executive Order No. 149 dated December 28, 1993 was issued by the Office of the President entitled "Streamlining of the Office of the President". By virtue of this order, the NSO was placed again under the administrative supervision of the NEDA for effective policy and program coordination and integration.
Executive Order No. 5 dated October 23, 1999 was issued by the Office of the President entitled "Strengthening the National Statistics Office" through decentralization of statistics generation activities, transformation of Central Office units into more developmental planning and evaluation units, and increased application of information technology in its operations.
National Statistics Office (NSO) is the major statistical agency responsible in collecting, compiling, classifying, producing, publishing, and disseminating general-purpose statistics as provided for in Commonwealth Act No. 591.
NSO has also the responsibility of carrying out and administering the provision of the Civil Registry Law as provided for in Act No. 3753 dated February 1931. More specifically, the NSO is tasked to:
1. Prepare for and undertake all censuses on population, agriculture, commerce, and industry (Section 2, C.A. 591; Section 1, Batas Pambansa Blg. 72);
2. Conduct statistical surveys by enumeration, sampling, and other methods (Section 2, Batas Pambansa Blg. 72);
3. Compile and classify other statistical data and information (Section 2, C.A. 591);
4. Conduct social and economic studies and make projections of population, agricultural production, income and the number of livestock (Section 2, C.A. 591);
5. Publish and disseminate all information related to the above functions (Section 2, C.A. 591);
6. Assist the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), formerly the Statistical Advisory Board of the National Economic and Development Authority, in the formulation of a continuing comprehensive statistical program for the government (Section 5, Presidential Decree 418);
7. Provide technical assistance and support to projects of other statistical agencies and institutions (Section 5, P.D. 418);
8.Carry out and administer the provisions of Act. No. 3753, entitled ?An Act to establish a Civil Register? (Section 2, C.A. 591) and other laws on civil registration; and
9. Issue authorization to solemnizing officers in accordance with the provisions of Article 7 of the Family Code of the Philippines (Executive Order No. 209 effective August 3, 1988).
Vision & Mision
The National Statistics Office is a recognized world-class provider of statistical and civil registration products and services.
As the primary statistical agency of the government, the National Statistics Office produces and provides quality statistical and civil registration products and services.
We are committed to meet the expectations of our clientele for prompt, reliable and efficient services.
We recognize the value of our human resources and continue to promote their general welfare and well-being.
In harmony, we strive for higher productivity - inspiring creativity and innovativeness.
We instill discipline and uphold integrity as an imperative in our transactions.
We value professionalism and aim for excellence in our products and services.
Humbly, we seek the guidance of our Divine Providence in all our undertakings.
Policy and Confidentiality Statement
The NSO officials and employees are aware of the confidentiality provision that envelopes their activities and protects their respondents. Commonwealth Act 591 defines the parameters by which the office works, and provides reassurance that no information relating to the respondent are given out. This in turn raises the chance of obtaining more reliable information, information vital to the workings of society. The NSO recognizes the changing needs of society, and the avenues of opportunity opened by technology. Evolving technology places the NSO at a distinct advantage, allowing faster and more varied processing, and dissemination to an unparalleled range of audiences. The Office is dedicated to making data relevant and timely, and strives to balance it with confidentiality. To this end, the NSO takes an active and lead role in redefining statistics and its data, in society.
Privacy and Confidentiality Statement
The NSO recognizes the vital role of their respondent's information. Primary data gathered by the NSO is held in the strictest confidence and is assured by Section 4, CA 591. Balancing the policy of confidentiality with the evolving needs of society for valuable information, the NSO generally releases data in the form of summaries. Releases other than those in the form of summaries are considered when mandated by subsequent laws, and always in consideration of the policy of confidentiality.
Warranty and Disclaimer
The NSO warrants that all material released have undergone the highest quality statistical data collection and processing methods available to it. NSO data is generally available for free either through conventional data dissemination methods such as press releases, or through other more advanced means, such as its website. Publications and special releases are also available for a fee. In all cases, the NSO shall not be liable for any result which is due to subsequent processing of its data by the user.
In any use of NSO data, an acknowledgement of the data source would be greatly appreciated.