The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) was established on 12 September 2013 pursuant to Republic Act 10625 or otherwise known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 signed by then President Benigno Aquino III. PSA is a merger of four (4) government agencies namely: National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), National Statistics Office (NSO), Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The RA was basically enacted "to rationalize and promote efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of statistical services, maintain an integrated statistical system characterized by independence, objectivity and integrity so as to enhance responsiveness to the requirements of equitable national development, promote the orderly development of a statistical system capable of providing timely, accurate and useful data for the government and the public, and support decentralization through establishment of the statistical infrastructure necessary to service the statistical needs of local development planning".
The PSA is attached to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for purposes of policy coordination. It is to be comprised of the PSA Board and Offices on sectoral statistics, censuses and technical coordination, civil registration and central support, and field statistical services.
The PSA Board
The PSA Board is to be the highest policy-making body on statistical matters. The following are the powers and functions of the PSA Board:
- Establish appropriate mechanisms to promote and maintain an efficient and effective statistical system in the government;
- Formulate policies on all matters relating to government statistical operations, standards and classifications;
- Review the statistical programs of the departments and agencies of the national government and the LGUs and rationalize responsibilities in these government organizations on matters relating to such statistical programs;
- Review budgetary proposals involving statistical operations and submit an integrated budget for the PSS to the DBM;
- Prescribe appropriate frameworks for the improvement of statistical coordination and establish mechanisms for statistical coordination at the regional and LGU levels;
- Provide technical assistance and exercise supervision over major government statistical activities;
- Recommend executive and legislative measures to enhance the development and efficiency of the system, including the internal structure of statistical agencies; and
- Approve the Philippine Statistical Development Program (PSDP).
The PSA Board is to act on and decide matters before it through a Board Resolution by a majority vote of all its members.
PSA Organizational Structure
As approved by the DBM, the PSA structure is comprised of four (4) Offices, eight (8) Services, 17 Regional Statistical Services Offices, and 86 Provincial Statistical Offices (including the District Offices). The approved structure is as follows: