Philippine Standard Geographic Code (PSGC)

PSGC: Introduction

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT

Delineating Agency Responsibilities in Updating the Philippine Standard Geographic Code

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

This Agreement is entered into by and among:

The NATIONAL STATISTICAL COORDINATION BOARD, hereinafter referred to as the NSCB, with principal office at Midland Buendia Building, 403 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue Extension, City of Makati and represented by its Secretary General, Honorable ROMULO A. VIROLA;

The DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, hereinafter referred to as the DILG, with principal office at the Francisco Gold Condominium II, EDSA corner Mapagmahal St., Quezon City and represented by its Secretary, Honorable ROBERT Z. BARBERS;

The NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE, hereinafter referred to as the NSO, with principal office at Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Sta. Mesa, Manila, and represented by its Administrator, Honorable TOMAS P. AFRICA;

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The COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS, hereinafter referred to as the COMELEC, with principal office at Solana Street, Intramuros, Manila, and represented by its Chairman, Honorable BERNARDO P. PARDO.

W I T N E S S E T H

WHEREAS, a national standard geographic classification is necessary for national and subnational development planning as well as for securing uniformity and comparability of statistics, relating to geographic areas of the country, produced by different government agencies;

WHEREAS, the former NEDA Inter-Agency Committee on Geographic Classification (now the NSCB Technical Committee on Statistical Standards and Classifications) prepared in 1977 an integrated geographic classification system known as the Philippine Standard Geographic Code (PSGC) which was approved and prescribed by the NEDA Board for official use;

WHEREAS, the NSCB, in coordination with concerned government agencies, has revised the 1977 PSGC to reflect the changes in the structure and composition of the country's geographical-political subdivisions from the regional down to the barangay level as of 31 December 1996;

WHEREAS, in view of continuing changes in the names, status, classification, boundaries and number of geographical-political subdivisions, especially at the barangay level, there is a compelling need for the regular updating of the PSGC;

NOW, THEREFORE, for and in consideration of the foregoing premises, the parties hereto agree to jointly undertake the regular updating/revision of the PSGC in accordance with the following terms of reference:

1. The NSCB shall be the Administrator of the PSGC masterfile hereinafter referred to as the Code.

1.1. The NSCB shall have custody of the Code and shall be responsible for seasonably entering thereto appropriate updates/revisions which shall be done semi-annually in accordance with the coding and naming procedures prescribed in the printed PSGC Code Book;

1.2. The NSCB Technical Committee on Statistical Standards and Classification (TCSSC) shall make the appropriate recommendations for approval of the updates and the revised PSGC by the NSCB Executive Board;

1.3. The NSCB shall also be responsible for disseminating the updates and the revised PSGC in print and/or computer media after it has been approved for official use by the NSCB Executive Board.

The PSGC publication shall consist of two parts: Part I shall be the Municipality Code Book and Part II shall be the Barangay Code Book.

1.4. The NSCB shall circularize the duly approved updates within thirty (30) days after it has been approved by the NSCB Executive Board.

2. The DILG shall be the official source of updates.

2.1. The DILG, through its National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO), in coordination with the NSO and COMELEC, shall be responsible for providing the NSCB with duly verified and authenticated inputs on geographical-political (geo-political) subdivision changes such as but not limited to creation of new geo-political units, fragmentations, mergers, changes in nomenclature or changes in status of geo-political units (e.g., conversion of a municipality to a city or a conversion of an administrative region to autonomous region, etc.);

2.2. The DILG shall be responsible for verifying and authenticating the geo-political changes submitted to it by the COMELEC and the NSO;

2.3. Updating entries shall include the following information aside from the legal bases and dates of plebiscites approving such changes:

2.3.1. For creations, the name and location (i.e., the region, the province and the municipality as the case maybe) of the new geo-political unit created and the mother geo-political unit(s) from where taken;

2.3.2. For changes in name, the old name shall be indicated in close parenthesis ( ) after the new name;

2.3.3. For transferred geo-political units, the name and location of their mother geo-political units where taken and the name and location of the unit to where transferred;

2.3.4. For abolition or merger, the name and location of abolished geo-political unit and the name and location of geo-political unit to which it is absorbed or merged.

3. The NSO shall assist the DILG in monitoring changes enumerated in paragraph 2.1 and in generating the necessary information for updating the Code. Such information shall be submitted to the DILG for further verification/authentication and consolidation.

4. The COMELEC shall likewise assist the DILG in monitoring changes affecting the PSGC and in generating the necessary information for updating the Code particularly the legal basis and dates of plebiscites approving such changes.

WHEREFORE, the parties hereunto affix their signatures this ______ day of _______________, 1996 in the City of Makati, Philippines.

 

For the National Statistical Coordination Board

ROMULO A. VIROLA
Secretary-General

For the Department of the Interior and Local Government

ROBERT Z. BARBERS
Secretary 
     

For the National Statistics Office

TOMAS P. AFRICA
Administrator

For the Commission on Election

BERNARDO P. PARDO
Chairman