Beyond the Numbers

Are Official Statisticians Paid Enough?


With the birth of a new organization, we would expect some birth pains, but RA 10625 brings opportunities for the PSS to improve responsiveness, reliability, timeliness, and relevance of information, and to promote efficient statistical operations and effective coordination with the consolidation of many statistical offices into one house.


Beyond the Numbers

Are Official Statisticians Paid Enough?
by Jose Ramon G. Albert, Ph.D.1                                                Filipino Version
(Posted: 10 January 2014)

Every New Year always brings a sense of hope, spurred by reflections of accomplishments in the year that has recently passed, and by roadmaps that point to a better future.  It appears that this hope is very strong in the hearts and minds of staff of major statistical agencies (MSAs) in the Philippine Statistical System (PSS) engaged in the coordination of statistical activities, compilation of statistics and primary data collection, viz. the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), the National Statistics Office (NSO), the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES), the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS).  These agencies were effectively consolidated into the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) with the passage of Republic Act No. 106252 (also known as the “Philippine Statistical Act of 2013”). The PSA Board replaces the NSCB, as the highest policy-making body on statistical matters. Just like the NSCB, the PSA Board is chaired by the Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and is composed of various government officials and representatives from the private sector. Implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of this Act, approved by the PSA Board last 11 December 2013 took effect on 29 December 2013. Thus, processes are now in place toward the full implementation of R.A. 10625 and its IRR, particularly the operationalization of the PSA (with staff, buildings, equipment, and all the requirements of an organization).  

The law actually takes roots from work done by a Special Committee3 of experts that conducted an external review of the PSS. This Committee was established by the NSCB in 2007 through NSCB Resolution No. 4.  It was also assisted by an Inter-Agency Secretariat4 and a support staff from the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). The Committee findings and recommendations were given to the NSCB in late April 2008 (

In this report, the Committee pointed out that while the PSS is engaged in a number of good practices, there is ample scope for improving its current organizational structure and processes. Throughout different periods of the country’s history, demand for statistics took place in various sectors, e.g., agriculture, labor and employment, education, health, social welfare, economy and finance, and local governments, and this led to the establishment of statistical organizations across various administrative levels of the bureaucracy in order to produce, compile, interpret, and disseminate statistics.  The Committee to review the PSS suggested the consolidation of NSCB, NSO, BAS and BLES into a single agency, and proposed a draft law.  Many of the provisions in RA 10625, including the selection process for the National Statistician (who will be the chief operating officer of the PSA), the responsibilities of both the PSA and the National Statistician, as well as the transformation of the Statistical Research and Training Center into the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) were taken from the suggestions of the Special Committee to Review the PSS.

With the birth of a new organization, we would expect some birth pains, but RA 10625 brings opportunities for the PSS to improve responsiveness, reliability, timeliness, and relevance of information, and to promote efficient statistical operations and effective coordination with the consolidation of many statistical offices into one house. Every law though has its limits, and RA 10625 is no exception. Institutional and legal issues on the use of alternative data sources, such as Big Data5 were not addressed by the Act, but this may be settled by investments and informal institutional arrangements between PSRTI and those in the private sector with such data holdings. Even the mechanics for the posting of personnel by the PSA to sectoral departments was not explicitly specified. But this may be also addressed in the implementation of the Act.  A bigger challenge is the unresolved issue about compensation for human resources in both the PSA and the PSRTI.  The last tranche of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) which became effective in 2012 pegged the monthly basic salary of the highest ranking government statisticians (at NSCB and NSO) at P79,946. Compared to those received by other heads of government offices, this level is relatively much lower: Cabinet secretaries earn P90,000, the President of the Philippines earns P120,000 while the Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)6 receives P900,000 monthly.

The Special Committee to review the PSS was aware that official statisticians are not paid commensurate to their long work hours, and that “a career in government … does not attract (even) the majority of the statistics graduates as it does not provide a competitive compensation package compared to those offered by the private sector, especially call centers, software vendors and market research firms, among others.”  Thus, the Committee had discussions on whether it could be wise to recommend that the consolidated statistics office be attached to the BSP as the BSP is exempted from the SSL, or whether a separate career system for official statisticians outside of the SSL could be proposed, but no specific recommendation was made. Yet, the Committee pointed out in its report that “strengthening the PSS hinges on strengthening and rationalizing the people and institutions making up the system…on transforming the PSS into a world-class statistical system marked by integrity, competence, efficiency, and responsiveness to the quest for broad-based development of the Filipino nation.”

In September 2013, during the Meeting of the ASEAN Community Statistical System (ACSS) Committee, the heads of National Statistical Systems across ASEAN economies agreed that statistical personnel should be provided not only with ample statistical capacity building programs but also reasonable remuneration to manage on-going attrition in statistical offices. Unless adequate steps are undertaken to address human resource concerns, we would expect many statistical personnel to continue moving on to “greener” pastures working for central banks, international organizations, or the private sector. It was during this occasion that we decided to collect information regarding salaries of official statisticians across ASEAN.  We were glad to solicit the cooperation of most of our counterparts in the ASEAN region when we requested them for data on monthly basic salary among statisticians7 in the national statistical offices (NSOs) of ASEAN member states (AMS)8.  

Statisticians at the Brunei Department of Statistics (DOS) receive the highest monthly basic pay among government national statistical offices in the ASEAN region.

While statisticians at the Brunei Department of Statistics earn the highest monthly basic salary across all positions/levels among the nine NSOs in ASEAN, statisticians at the Cambodia National Institute of Statistics (NIS) have the lowest monthly pay at all positions/levels.

In the Philippines, entry-level government statisticians receive the equivalent of about US $256.00, while the highest salary grade in a statistics office (at the NSCB and NSO) is US$1,814 per month.  Friends from Lao PDR mentioned that the figures from Cambodia may be a bit deceptive given that Cambodian government employees have the opportunities to have other forms of compensation, while public sector staff in Lao do not.

Across all positions (including that of the Chief Statistician), government statistical personnel at the Brunei DOS earn on the average, more than 25 times than those in Cambodia NIS and more than four times than those in the Philippines.

Statisticians at entry-level positions in Brunei Darussalam receive the highest monthly basic pay of more than US$2,000.

Compared with entry-level statistical positions in other AMS NSOs, those in Brunei DOS earn the highest at more than US$2,000 while those in Cambodia earn less than US$100. The difference in monthly compensation is very staggering (Table 1) considering that statistical work in both countries are almost similar, and yet the disparities in cost of living, as indicated by the purchasing power paritiy indices in Table 2, are not commensurate to the differences in compensations.  

In the Philippines, the salary of entry-level statisticians is around US$256.00 which is lower than the ASEAN average of around US$450.

Division Chiefs/Unit Heads of NSOs in Indonesia and many economies near the Mekong River earn less than US$300 per month

With an average monthly basic take home pay of US300 month, division chiefs/unit heads in NSOs in Indonesia and majority of countries along the Mekong River (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam) earn less than the average monthly basic salary of their counterparts in the other AMS NSOs.

Division chiefs/unit heads in Brunei DOS and Malaysia DOS earn a combined salary of more than US$5,000 while those in the Philippines only earn around US$1,100. The Philippine figure is even lower than what division chiefs/unit heads earn in Thailand NSO.

First Level Director and Highest Level Director take home pay in the Philippine national statistical offices is only around one-third than those in Brunei DOS

The monthly salary of first-level and highest level directors in the Philippines are both the 4th highest (after Brunei DOS, Malaysia DOS and Thailand NSO) in the ASEAN Region. Although they earn more than US$1,000 (ranging from US$1,143 to US$1,243), their salary is less than one-third of what their counterparts receive in Brunei DOS.

Monthly basic salary of Philippine’s highest-ranking government statisticians is the lowest among the tiger economies of ASEAN Region

While the chief statisticians of Brunei DOS and Malaysia DOS enjoy a monthly basic salary of more than US$4,500 and that of Thailand NSO earns more than US$2,200, the salary of the highest-ranking statisticians in the Philippines does not even reach the US$2,000 level. This is quite disappointing considering that the Philippine Statistical System has consistently outranked the World Bank’s ranking of AMS statistical systems from 2008 to 20139

As of September 2013, the salary of the Philippine government highest-ranking statistician is less than a quarter of what the Head of the Brunei DOS receives (and even less than what an entry-level statistician at Brunei DOS makes!). It seems I am working in the wrong country!!!! It is also less than half of what the Head of Malaysia DOS receives but barely US$400 lower than that of the head of Thailand NSO.

Now that we have seen how official statisticians are compensated, let us consider how statisticians are paid across different industries in the Philippines. Every two years, the BLES, one of the four MSAs merged into the newly-established PSA, releases the results of the Occupational Wages Survey10 of which the latest results is for 2012. The survey results show that statistics-related occupations (statisticians, statistical and finance clerks, and actuaries) are only present in two (Financial Service Activities except Insurance, Pension Funding and Central Banking; and Insurance, Reinsurance and Pension Funding except Compulsory Social Security) out of the 50 selected industries covered by the survey. Table 3 lists average monthly wage rates11 of statisticians across the two industries.

In 2012, actuaries working in the Insurance and related industry12, earned the highest salary at P47,876.26

Among the three statistics-related occupation, actuaries working in Insurance and related industry received the highest average monthly wage rate at P47,876.26. They are followed by statisticians in the same industry who earned P34,497.17 and statisticians working in the Financial Service13 industry who earned P23,234.23.

Statisticians in the Insurance and related industry received higher average monthly wages than those in the Financial Service industry.

On the average, persons employed in statistics-related occupational group working in the Insurance and related industry earned on the average P33,334.15, almost double than the average wage rate earned (P18,092.41) by statisticians in the Financial Service industry in 2012.

While official statisticians love numbers, there appear to be some numbers that they love to hate – their salaries. The National Statistician, whoever he or she may be, is faced with a humongous task ahead not only in ensuring the quality of official statistics produced by the PSA, but also finding creative mechanisms to inspire official statisticians in continuing to serve the country with integrity, independence and professionalism.  Good luck to him or her!

A Happy 2014 to All and huwag kalimutan “MALIGO SA BAGONG TAON!”  



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 Filipino Version


Sapat ba ang Sahod ng mga Statistician sa Pamahalaan?

Tuwing Bagong Taon, nagkakaroon tayo ng pag-asa na bubuti ang ating buhay. Pinapalakas ang pag-asang ito dahil sa mga naisasalarawan nating mga hindi birong nagawa sa nakalipas na taon, at sa mga roadmap na nagpapakita sa atin ng mahusay na hinaharap. Kitang-kita ang pag-asang ito sa mga puso at isipan ng mga tauhan ng mga pangunahing pang-estadistikang ahensya sa Philippine Statistical System (PSS) na nakikibahagi sa pagtitipon ng mga estadistika at pangongolekta ng mga primary na datos, viz. National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) , ang National Statistics Office (NSO), ang Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES), at ang Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS). Epektibong pinagsama-sama ang mga ahensyang ito bilang Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) sa  pagpasa ng Republic Act No. 10625 (na kilala rin bilang " Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 ") . Ang PSA Board, na pumalit sa NSCB, ay siya na ngayong pinakamataas na kinatawan sa paggawa ng mga patakarang pang-estadistikal na kahalagahan. Tulad ng NSCB, ang PSA Board ay pinangungunahan ng Director -General ng National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), at binubuo ng iba't-ibang mga opisyal ng gobyerno at mga kinatawan mula sa pribadong sektor. Ang pagpapatupad ng mga panuntunan at regulasyon o Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) ng Batas na ito, ay pinagtibay ng PSA Board noong ika-11 Disyembre 2013, na ipinatupad noong Disyembre 29, 2013. Kaya, ang mga proseso ay naayon patungo sa ganap na pagpapatupad ng RA 10625 at IRR nito, lalo na ang pamamalakad ng PSA (mula sa pagkakaroon ng mga kawani, mga gusali, kagamitan, at ang lahat ng mga pangangailangan ng isang organisasyon) .

Nakaugat ang batas sa mga ginawang trabaho ng isang Special Committee na nagsagawa ng external na pagsusuri ng PSS. Itinatag ang Committee ng NSCB noong 2007 sa pamamagitan ng NSCB Resolution No 4. Tinulungan ito ng Inter-Agency Secretariat at mga kawani mula sa Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). Ang mga natuklasan at mga rekumendasyon ng Committee ay ibinigay sa NSCB noong Abril 2008. Ayon sa Committee (, habang ang PSS ay maraming mga mahusay na kasanayan, mayroon din naming mga sapat na saklaw para mapabuti ang istraktura ng organisasyon at mga proseso nito. Sa iba't ibang mga panahon ng kasaysayan ng ating bansa, nagkaroon ng pangangailangan para sa mga estadistika sa iba't-ibang mga sektor, halimbawa, agrikultura, paggawa at pagtatrabaho, edukasyon, kalusugan, kapakanang panlipunan, ekonomiya at pananalapi, at mga lokal na pamahalaan, at ito ang humantong sa pagtatatag ng mga statistical organization sa iba't-ibang mga administratibong antas ng pamahalaan upang makagawa, bigyang-kahulugan, at ikalat  ang estadistika. Ang Committee na gumawa ng pagsusuri sa PSS ang siyang nagmungkahi na pagsamahin ang NSCB, NSO, BAS at BLES sa iisang ahensya, at nagpanukala ng isang draft na batas. Marami sa mga probisyon sa RA 10625, kabilang ang proseso ng pagpili para sa National Statistician (na siyang magiging chief operating officer ng ​​PSA), ang mga pananagutan ng PSA at ang mga responsibilidad ng National Statistician, pati na rin ang pagbabago ng Statistical Research and Training Center sa Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) ay galing sa mga mungkahi ng Special Committee para suriin ang PSS .

Kapag sinilang ang isang bagong samahan, asahan natin ang ilang birth pains, ngunit ang RA 10625 ay nagdadala ng mga oportunidad para sa PSS upang mapabuti ang kakayahang tumugon, pagkamaaasahan, pagkanasapanahon, at kahalagahan ng impormasyon. Inaasaahan ding mas maitaguyod ang mahusay ang mga statistical operation at epektibong koordinasyon sa pagsasama-sama ng maraming opisinang pang-estadistika sa iisang tahanan. Gayunpaman, bawat batas tulad ng RA 10625 ay may mga limitasyon. Ang mga institusyonal at mga legal na isyu sa paggamit ng mga alternatibong pinagkukunan ng datos, tulad ng Big Data  ( ay hindi natugunan ng Batas, ngunit ito ay maaaring maisaayos sa pamamagitan ng investment at impormal na mga institutional arrangement sa pagitan ng PSRTI at mga nasa pribadong sektor na may data holdings (tulad ng mga mobile service provider). Hindi rin nabigyan ng mga detailye ang mga mekanismo para sa paglalagay ng mga tauhan ng PSA sa mga sectoral na kagawaran. Pero ito naman ay maaring matugunan  din sa implementasyon ng Batas. Ang isang malaking hamon na hindi nalutas ay ang isyu tungkol sa kompensasyon para sa mga human resource kapwa sa PSA at PSRTI. Ang huling tranche ng Salary Standardization Law (SSL) na naging epektibo noong 2012 ay nagtala ng buwanang batayang suweldo ng highest ranking statistician ng pamahalaan (sa NSCB at NSO) sa halos walampung libong piso (P79,946) kada buwan. Kung ikukumpara ito sa mga natatanggap ng iba pang mga pinuno ng mga tanggapan, ang level na ito ay kapansin pansin na mas mababa : ang mga Kalihim ng Gabinete ay kumikita ng P90,000 sa bawat buwan, ang Pangulo ng Pilipinas naman ay kumikita P120,000 kada buwan, habang ang Gobernador ng Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas ( BSP ) ay nakakatanggap ng buwanang P900,000.

Alam ng Special Committee na sumusuri sa PSS na ang mga official statisticians ay hindi naman nababayaran ng angkop sa kanilang mahabang oras ng pagtatrabaho, at ang "isang karera sa gobyerno ... ay hindi nakakaakit ng karamihan ng mga statistics graduates dahil hindi ito nagbibigay ng isang mapagkumpetensyang compensation package kumpara sa mga inaalok ng mga pribadong sektor, lalo na ang call centers, mga software vendors at research firms, bukod sa iba pa. " Kaya naman nagkaroon ng mga talakayan sa Committee kung ano ang maaaring irekumenda: dapat kaya na ang pinagsama-samang mga estadistikal na opisina ay ikabit na lang sa BSP dahil ang BSP ay exempted mula sa SSL, o puwede bang maipanukala ang isang hiwalay na career system para sa official statisticians sa labas ng SSL, pero walang tiyak na rekomendasyon na ginawa ang Committee. Ngunit, ayon sa Committee "ang pagpapatibay ng PSS na nababatay sa mga pagpapatibay at rasyonalisasyon ng mga tao at institusyon na bumubuo sa sistema ... at dapat lang na ang mga pagbabago sa PSS ay para itong maging isang world-class statistical system may tatak ng integridad, kakayahan, kahusayan, at kakayahang tumugon sa ang pakikipagsapalaran para sa malawak na batay sa pag-unlad ng bansang Pilipinas."

Noong nakaraang Setyembre 2013, nagkaroon ng Meeting of the ASEAN Statistical Community Committee. Dito sumang-ayon ang mga pinuno ng National Statistical Systems sa mga ASEAN economies na ang pang-estadistikang personnel ay dapat paglaanan hindi lamang ng sapat na statistical capacity building pati din ng makatuwirang kabayaran upang matugunan ang nangyayaring attrition sa mga pang-estadistikal na tanggapan. Kung hindi makakagawa ng sapat na hakbang, inaasahan nating maraming mga statistical personnel ang patuloy na magsisialisan papunta sa mga   "greener" pastures tulad ng mga central bank, mga internasyonal na organisasyon, o sa pribadong sektor. Nagamit ko ang okasyong ito upang mangalap ng impormasyon tungkol sa mga sweldo ng official statisticians sa buong ASEAN. Ikinatutuwa natin na nakipagtulungan ang karamihan sa mga counterpart ko sa ASEAN nang ako’y humingi sa kanila ng datos sa mga buwanang suweldo ng mga statisticians sa national statistical offices (NSOs) ng ASEAN member states (AMS).

Nakakatanggap ang mga statistician ng Brunei Department of Statistics ng pinakamataas na pangunahing buwanang sweldo sa lahat ng pambansang ahensyang estadistika sa rehiyong ASEAN

Habang ang mga statistician sa Kagawaran ng Estadistika ng Brunei ay kumikita ng pinakamataas na pangunahing buwanang sweldo sa lahat ng mga posisyon sa siyam na NSOs ng ASEAN, ang mga statistician ng Cambodia National Institute of Statistics (NIS) ang may pinakamababang buwanang sweldo sa lahat ng mga posisyon.  Sa Pilipinas, ang entry level statisticians ay tumatanggap lamang ng halos US$256.00 sa isang buwan, habang ang may pinakamataas na sahod sa isang tanggapang pang-estadistika (sa NSCB at NSO) ay may sweldong US$1,814.00 kada buwan.  Nabanggit ng mga kakilala ko sa Lao PDR na dapat ding isipin natin na ang mga mula sa Cambodia ay mas maayos kaysa sa kanila dahil ang mga empleyado ng pamahalaan ng Cambodia ay may mga oportunidad para makalikom ng dagdag na kita kumpara sa mga empleyado ng Lao sa mga sektor pampubliko ay di pinapayagang magkaroon ng iba pang mga trabaho na makadagdag-sweldo.

Sa lahat ng mga posisyon (kasama na ang punong Statistician), ang mga empleyado ng Brunei DOS ay may average na kita ng mahigit dalawampu’t limang beses kumpara sa mga empleyado ng Cambodia NIS at mahigit apat na beses kumpara sa mga empleyado ng Pilipinas.

Nakakatanggap ang mga entry-level statistician ng Brunei Darussalam ng pinakamataas na pangunahing buwang sahod na mahigit sa US$2,000.00

Kumpara sa mga entry-level statistical position sa ibang AMS NSOs, ang mga empleyado ng Brunei DOS ay kumikita ng mahigit US$2,000 habang ang mga empleyado ng Cambodia ay kumikita ng mas mababa pa sa US$100.  Ang kaibahan sa buwanang kita ay malubhang nakakagulat (Talaan 1) kung iisipin na ang mga gawaing pang-estadistika sa Brunei at Cambodia ay halos magkatulad lamang at habang ang kaibahan sa cost of living, na makikita sa purchasing power parity indices sa Talaan 2, ay hindi tumutugma sa pagkakaiba ng mga kinikita ng mga empleyado.

Sa Pilipinas, ang kita ng mga entry-level statistician ay halos US$400 lamang, kumpara sa average na kita sa ASEAN na US$450.

Kumikita ang mga division chief/unit head ng NSOs ng Indonesia at ng mga ekonomiyang malapit sa Mekong River ng mas mababa pa sa US$300 kada buwan

Ang mga division chief/unit head ng NSOs ng Indonesia at karamihan sa mga bansang matatagpuan malapit sa Mekong River (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam) ay kumikita ng mas mababa pa sa average na buwanang pangunahing sahod ng mga statistician sa parehong posisyon sa iba pang AMS NSOs.  Ang average na buwanang pangunahing sahod ay US$300 lamang.

Ang mga division chief/unit head sa Brunei DOS at Malaysia DOS ay kumikita ng pinagsamang kita na mahigit US$5,000 habang ang mga nasa Pilipinas ay kumikita ng malapit sa US$1,100.  Ang kinikita ng mga division chief/unit head sa Pilipinas ay tiyak na mas mababa pa kumpara sa kinikita ng mga division chief/unit head ng Thailand NSO.

Ang take home pay ng first level director at highest level director ng NSOs ng Pilipinas ay halos kakatlo lamang ng kinikita ng mga direktor ng Brunei DOS

Ang buwanang kita ng first-level at highest level directors ng Pilipinas ay parehong ika-apat na pinakamataas (sumunod sa Brunei DOS, Malaysia DOS, at Thailand NSO) sa ASEAN Region.  Bagaman ang kinikita nila ay mahigit sa US$1,000 (mula US$1,143 hanggang US$1,243), ang mga sahod nila ay kakatlo lamang ng kinikita ng kanilang mga katulad sa posisyon sa Brunei DOS.

Ang buwanang pangunahing sahod ng pinakamataas na ranggo na government statisticians sa Pilipinas ay pinakamababa sa lahat ng tiger economies ng ASEAN Region

Habang ang chief statisticians ng Brunei DOS at Malaysia DOS ay kumikita ng buwanang pangunahing sahod ng mahigit sa US$4,500 at ang chief statistician ng Thailand NSO ay kumikita ng mahigit sa US$2,000, ang sahod ng pinakamataas na statistician sa Pilipinas ay hindi umaabot sa US$2,000.  Ito ay lubhang nakakadismaya lalo pa’t malimit na mataas ang tingin sa Philippine Statistical System ikompara sa mga AMS statistical systems sa mga ranking na ginagawa ng World Bank mula 2008 hanggang 2013.

Noong Setyembre 2013, ang kita ng pinakamataas na statistician sa ating gobyerno ay hindi lalabis sa kakapat ng kinikita ng punong statistician ng Brunei DOS. Ang masaklap pa ay hindi rin lalabis ito sa kinikita ng isang entry-level statistician ng Brunei DOS.  Mukha yatang nagtatrabaho ako sa maling bansa!!!  Ang nasabing sahod ay hindi hihigit sa kinikita ng punong statistician ng Malaysia DOS at halos US$400 na mas mababa sa kinikita ng punong statistician ng Thailand NSO.

Ngayong nakita na natin kung paano sumasahod ang mga statistician sa pamahalaan, ating suriin kung paano sumasahod ang mga statistician sa iba’t ibang industriya sa Pilipinas.  Nagpapalabas ang BLES, isa sa apat na mga ahensyang istadistikal na mapapabilang sa bagong tatag na PSA, kada dalawang taon ng mga resulta ng kanilang Occupational Wages Survey.  Ang pinakahuli ay nilabas noong 2012.  Naipakita sa mga resulta na ang mga trabahong may kaugnayan sa estadistika ay matatagpuan lamang sa dalawang industriya (Financial Service Activities except Insurance, Pension Funding and Central Banking; and Insurance, Reinsurance, and Pension Funding except Compulsary Social Security) mula sa limampung industriyang naibilang sa survey. Nakalista sa Talaan 3 ang average na buwanang kita ng mga statistician sa dalawang nabanggit na industriya.

Noong 2012, kumita ang mga actuaries sa Pagseseguro at mga katulad na industriya ng pinakamataas na sahod sa halagang P47,876.26.

Sa tatlong trabahong napapaukol sa estadistika, ang mga actuaries sa Pagseseguro at mga katulad na industriya ay kumikita ng pinakamataas na average na buwanang kita sa halagang P47,876.26.  Ito ay sinusundan ng mga statistician sa katulad na industriya (P34,497.17) at mga statistician sa Financial Service industry (P23,234.23).

Kumikita ang mga statistician sa Pagseseguro at sa mga katulad na industriya ng mas mataas na pangunahing buwanang kita kumpara sa mga statistician sa Financial Service industry

Ang mga empleyado sa statistics-related occupational group sa Pagseseguro ay kumikita, on the average, ng P33,334.15 kada buwan, na halos doble sa average na sahod na kinikita ng mga statistician sa mga Financial Service industry noong 2012.

Habang mahilig ang mga statistician sa numero, mukhang may ilang numero na kanilang gusting makalimutan—ang kanilang buwanang kita.   Kung sinuman ang itatalagang National Statistician, siya ay nahaharap sa malaking responsibilidad hindi lamang sa pagsisiguro ng de-kalidad na mga opisyal na estadistika mula sa PSA kundi pati sa paghahanap ng mga malikhaing pamamaraan para hikayatin ang mga statistician na patuloy na magsilbi sa bayan ng may dangal, may pagsasarili, at may propesyunalismo.

Isang Maligayang 2014 sa ating lahat at huwag kakalimutang “MALIGO SA BAGONG TAON!”




1 Secretary General of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). The NSCB, a statistical agency functionally attached to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), is the highest policy making and coordinating body on statistical matters in the Philippines. Immediately prior to his appointment at NSCB, Dr. Albert was a Senior Research Fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, a policy think tank attached to NEDA. Dr. Albert finished summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the De La Salle University in 1988. He completed a Master of Science in Statistics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Statistics from the same university in 1993. He is an Adjunct Faculty of the Asian Institute of Management. He is currently the president of the Philippine Statistical Association (also in 2004 and in 2005), a Fellow of the Social Weather Stations, and an Elected Regular Member of the National Research Council of the Philippines.

This article was co-written by Dir. Candido J. Astrologo, Jr. and was translated in Filipino by Ms. Virginia Bathan and Mr. Rowell G. Casaclang, of the NSCB. The authors thank Ms. Eunice N. Tambasen and Ms. Simonette A. Nisperos, Information Officer II and Computer Programmer III of the NSCB, respectively, for the assistance in the preparation of the article. The views expressed in the article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the NSCB and its Technical Staff.

2 It may be recalled that President Benigno S. Aquino III signed Republic Act No. 10625 “An Act Reorganizing the Philippine Statistical System, Repealing for the purpose Executive Order 121, entitled Reorganizing and Strengthening the Philippine Statistical system and for other purposes” on 12 September 2013. The Act, also known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013, was finally passed by both the Lower House and the Senate on 06 June 2013 ( )

3 The Committee was composed of Former Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Dr. Vicente B. Valdepeñas, Jr. (Committee Chairperson and Consultant, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas), Dr. Lisa Grace S. Bersales (Dean, University of the Philippines School of Statistics), Dr. Mercedes B. Concepcion (Academician, National Academy of Science and Technology), Dr. Isidoro P. David (President, Philippine Statistical Association), and another former NEDA Director General Dr. Cielito F. Habito (Director, Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development).

4 The Committee Secretariat consisted of two senior research fellows from PIDS:  Dr. Celia M. Reyes, and myself; and various officials from the major statistical agencies, viz., Asst. Sec. Gen. Lina V. Castro, NSCB; Deputy Administrator Paula Monina G. Collado, NSO; Assistant Director Maura S. Lizarondo, BAS; Ms. Editha B. Rivera, Chief Labor and Employment Officer, BLES; and Ms. Lilia V. Elloso, Assistant Chief, Research Division, SRTC 



7 Data obtained are salaries of government statisticians in the following positions: entry-level position, division chiefs/unit heads, first-level director, highest-level director and chief/national statistician.

8 Information provided were in local currencies of AMS but was converted to US$ equivalent as of September 2013 for comparability purposes

9; In 2012, the Philippines has the same ranked as that of Indonesia; Singapore and Brunei Darussalam are not part of the WB Bulletin Board on Statistical Capacity

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12 Insurance, Reinsurance and Pension Funding except Compulsory Social Security

13 Financial Service Activities except Insurance, Pension Funding and Central Banking


Table 1. Monthly Basic Salary of Selected Statistical Positions in Government Statistical Offices of ASEAN Member States
(in US$ )

Country Position
Chief Statistician Director (Highest Level) Director (Lowest Level) Division/ Section/Unit Chief/Head) Entry Level
 Malaysia  4,889.92 4,152.36 2,869.75 2,204.60 657.02
 Viet Nam  397.80 322.03 284.14 246.26 156.28
 Cambodia  367.47 208.23 159.24 110.24 78.39
 Myanmar  512.82 410.26 307.69 205.13 102.56
 Lao PDR  631.43 346.62 306.60 270.41 138.14
 Brunei  7,637.84 5,410.14 4,296.28 3,023.31 2,068.58
 Indonesia  398.66 366.99 303.73 277.76 189.54
 Philippines  1,814.02 1,555.24 1,234.60 1,143.15 256.92
 Thailand  2,236.07 2,048.69 1,663.04 1,354.90 426.01
 Singapore  no information 

Source: ASEAN member states
1. Excludes bonuses and other remuneration
2. Exchange rates are as of end of September 2013.

Table 2. GDP per capita at PPP (current international $):
(Lao PDR=100)

Country Name 2010 2011 2012
Brunei Darussalam 126.59 119.76 113.07
Cambodia 194.04 192.30 190.64
Indonesia 6,500.52 6,407.36 6,290.65
Lao PDR 100.00 100.00 100.00
Malaysia 2,721.38 2,648.06 2,585.46
Myanmar - - -
Philippines 2,315.59 2,221.28 2,192.90
Thailand 3,698.52 3,425.97 3,371.92
Vietnam 1,837.04 1,806.47 1,757.21

Source: World Bank

Table 3. Average Monthly Wage Rate (in Pesos) of Selected Statistics-related Occupation by Industry: 2008, 2010 and 2012

Year Industry / Occupation Average Monthly
Wage Rate
2012 Financial Service Activities except Insurance, Pension Funding and Central Banking 
    Statistical and Finance Clerks  10,353.03
   Statisticians  23,234.23
Insurance, Reinsurance and Pension Funding except Compulsory Social Security  
   Actuaries  47,876.26
    Statistical and Finance Clerks  17,629.01
    Statisticians  34,497.17
2010  Banking institutions except central banking 
    Statistical and Finance Clerks  17,645.00
   Statisticians  18,509.00
Insurance and pensions funding except compulsory social security 
    Actuaries  35,480.00
    Statistical and Finance Clerks  17,459.00
   Statisticians  24,556.00
Non-bank financial institutions 
    Statistical and Finance Clerks  12,075.00
    Statisticians  35,010.00
2008 Banking institutions except central banking 
    Statistical and Finance Clerks  11,389.00
    Statisticians  17,531.00
Insurance and pensions funding except compulsory social security 
    Actuaries  35,625.00
    Statistical and Finance Clerks  14,690.00
    Statisticians  21,121.00
Non-bank financial institutions 
    Statistical and Finance Clerks  7,987.00
    Statisticians  16,671.00

Source: Occupational Wages Survey, Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics


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