Philippine Standard Industrial Classification (PSIC)


2009 Philippine Standard Industrial Classification (PSIC)

The Philippine Standard Industrial Classification (PSIC) is a detailed classification of industries prevailing in the country according to the kind of productive activities undertaken by establishments. The 2009 PSIC was patterned after the UN International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC) Rev. 4, but with some modifications to reflect national situation and requirements. The PSIC was revised to (1) reflect changes in economic activities, emergence of new industries, and the structure of the economy (2) to take into account the new technologies employed which affect the organization of production and shifting of economic activities and (3) to realign with the ISIC revisions for purposes of international comparability.

The PSIC serves as a guide in the classification of establishments according to their economic activity useful for economic analysis.

  • It serves as a framework for data collection, processing and compilation to ensure uniformity and comparability of industrial statistics produced by various entities in both government and private sectors, including those involved in statistics and research activities.
  • It provides an effective mechanism for the integration of large numbers of statistics being collected for decision-making and policy formulation.
  • It serves as a basis in the construction of input-output (I-O) table.
  • It provides a basis for anticipating the emergence of new industries

The 2009 PSIC provides a Summary of Classification Scheme which presents a list of sections, divisions and their corresponding number of groups, classes and sub-classes, and a Detailed Classification presenting hierarchy of categories of industries such as:

  • 21 sections (one-digit alphabetical codes)
  • 88 divisions (2-digit codes)
  • 245 groups (3-digit codes)
  • 520 classes (4-digit codes)
  • 1,271 sub-classes (5-digit codes)

The sections in the 2009 PSIC are as follows :

Section A – Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Section B – Mining and Quarrying
Section C – Manufacturing
Section D – Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply
Section E – Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
Section F – Construction
Section G – Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Section H – Transportation and Storage
Section I – Accommodation and food service activities
Section J – Information and Communication
Section K – Financial and insurance activities
Section L – Real estate activities
Section M – Professional, scientific and technical services
Section N – Administrative and support service activities
Section O – Public administrative and defense; compulsory social security
Section P – Education
Section Q – Human health and social work activities
Section R – Arts, entertainment and recreation
Section S – Other service activities
Section T – Activities of private households as employers and undifferentiated goods and services and producing activities of households for own use
Section U – Activities of extraterritorial organizations and bodies

The 2009 also includes correspondence codes with the 1994 PSIC as amended, ISIC Revision 4 and the ASEAN Common Industrial Classification (ASEAN-CIC) at the 3 digit level in line with the ASEAN thrust to harmonize industrial classification towards ASEAN regional integration.
Similar to the  1994 PSIC as amended, the 2009 PSIC provides five levels of  disaggregation .

  • First Level (Section) - Section are represented by one-digit capital letter codes
  • Second Level (Division) – Sections are further disaggregated into more homogenous smaller groups called Divisions which are represented by two-digit numeric codes.
  • Third Level (Group) - Divisions are subdivided into more detailed aggregates called the Groups which are represented by three-digit numeric codes.
  • Fourth Level (Class)  - Groups are further subdivided into finer details or classes which are represented by four-digit numeric codes.
  • Fifth Level (Sub-class) - Classes are divided into more specific categories or subclasses with five-digit code numbers.

The code numbers in the 2009 PSIC are so designated that : the first two digits represent the division, the first two digits and the third digit, taken together, indicate the group, the first three digits and the fourth digit, taken together, indicate the class, and all five digits identify the sub-class of industries.
To illustrate:

  • 47411– Retail sale of computers
  • Division 47Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
  • Group 474 – Retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialized stores
  • Class 4741 – Retail sale of computers, peripheral units, software and telecommunications equipment in specialized stores
  • Sub-class 47411 – Retail sale of computers

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