Philippine Statistics Authority

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Philippine Statistics Authority
Pangasiwaan ng Estadístika ng Pilipinas
Agency overview
Formed September 12, 2013 (2013-09-12)
Preceding agencies
  • National Statistics Office
  • National Statistical Coordination Board
  • Bureau of Agricultural Statistics
  • Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics
Type Statistics
Jurisdiction Government of the Philippines
Headquarters CVEA Building, East Avenue,
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Agency executives
  • Dr. Lisa Grace S. Bersales, National Statistician and Civil Registrar-General
  • Josie B. Perez, Deputy National Statistician for Censuses and Technical Coordination Office
  • Estela T. De Guzman, Deputy National Statistician for Civil Registration and Central Support Office[1]
  • Candido J. Astrologo, Jr., Assistant National Statistician
  • Minerva Eloisa P. Esquivias, Assistant National Statistician
  • Wilma A. Guillen, Assistant National Statistician
  • Vivian R. Illarina, Assistant National Statistician
  • Editha R. Orcilla, Assistant National Statistician
  • Atty. Maribeth C. Pilimpinas, Assistant National Statistician[2]
Data collected are from the official website of the agency.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) was created on September 12, 2013 when the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 (Republic Act No. 10625)[3] was signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III.[4] The new government authority was created by merging the National Statistics Office, the National Statistical Coordination Board, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics.

The PSA serves as the central statistical authority on primary data collection in the Philippines. It also conducts censuses on different sectors of the Philippine economy such as population, housing, agriculture, fisheries and business. It collects, compiles, analyzes and publishes statistical information on the economic, social, demographic, political affairs and general affairs of the people of the Philippines. Likewise, it enforces the civil registration functions in the Philippines.

Preceding agencies

National Statistics Office

The NSO logo
A 2007 Census notice posted on the gate of a residence.

The National Statistics Office (NSO) (Filipino: Pambansang Tanggapan ng Estadístika), formerly known as Bureau of Census and Statistics is the Philippine government's major statistical agency responsible for collecting, compiling, classifying, producing, publishing, and disseminating general-purpose statistics. The NSO also has the responsibility of carrying out and administering the provision of the Civil Registry Law including the archiving of birth, death and marriage and servicing requests for copies and certifications based on these documents as provided for in Act No. 3753 dated February 1931.[5]

The organization assumed its responsibilities when Commonwealth Act (C.A.) No. 591 was approved on August 19, 1940. It was then known as the Bureau of the Census and Statistics (BCS). It became the National Census and Statistics Office (NCSO) in 1974 until was renamed to be the National Statistics Office.[6]

Bureau of Agricultural Statistics

The Philippines' Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (Filipino: Kawanihan ng Estadistikang Pansakahan, abbreviated as BAS), is an agency of the Philippine government under the Department of Agriculture responsible for being the central information source and server of the National Information Network (NIN) of the Department of Agriculture; and providing technical assistance to end-users in accessing and analyzing product and market information and technology.


The emergence of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) was spurred by government efforts to improve the agricultural data base in the country. In the past, the agricultural data system suffered from significant gaps, some duplications and occasional issues on the relevance of some data series to users. The major reasons were: (1) the agency responsible for agricultural statistics, the then Bureau of Agricultural Economics (BAEcon), was originally set up as a user rather than a producer of statistics, (2) the development of agriculture statistics received very low priority in the sharing of limited resources allotted to the statistical system, and (3) the widespread duplication of statistical activities among government agencies resulting in conflicting figures and confusion among data users.

To address this situation, the BAS was established as one of the seven bureaus of the Department of Agriculture under Executive Order No. 116 issued on January 30, 1987, to take charge of the production of statistics on agriculture, fishery and related fields. The BAS has assumed most of the functions of its predecessor, the BAEcon. In year 2000, the BAS structural organization was strengthened and reoriented pursuant to the relevant provisions of DA Administrative Order No. 6 series of 1998 in compliance with the provisions of the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act or RA 8435 of 1997. This law designates BAS as the central information source and server of the National Information Network (NIN) of the Department of Agriculture.

See also


  1. "President Aquino Appoints Two PSA Deputy National Statisticians". PSA Makati. Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  2. "Seven PSA Assistant National Statisticians (ANS) Appointed by President Aquino". PSA Makati. Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  3. "Republic Act No. 10625. The Philippine Statistical Act of 2013". Official Gazette. Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  4. "Philippine Statistics Authority formed". Yahoo Philippines News. 3 January 2014.
  5. Commonwealth Act No. 3753, National Statistics Office
  6. "Did you know: Philippine Statistics Authority". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 18 August 2014.
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