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PSA and HDN Jointly Release the Preliminary Estimates of the 2012 Human Development Index

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Human development is the process of increasing people's choices by expanding their human capabilities, functioning and opportunities, and at the same time, raising the level of their achieved well-being in a sustainable manner. Human development therefore focuses on people and the satisfaction of their basic needs.

Press Release

PSA and HDN Jointly Release the Preliminary Estimates
of the 2012 Human  Development Index
(PSA-2016-PHDSD-003, Posted 27 January 2016)

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Human Development Network (HDN) release today preliminary estimates of the subnational Human Development Indices (HDI) for the year 2012 using the interim methodology1 agreed upon by the former National Statistical Coordination Board (now part of PSA) and HDN in February 2012. The interim methodology was previously applied in estimating the 2009 subnational Human Development Indices.
The 2012 preliminary estimates are stand-alone estimates. Back-computations to 1997, for purposes of comparability over time, will be featured in the next volume of the Philippine Human Development Report.  

Human development is a process of enlarging people's choices. The HDI measures the average achievement in a country in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, the acquisition of knowledge, and access to resources to obtain good standard of living.
The 2012 HDI and accompanying Technical Notes are available at the PSA and HDN website with URL: and, respectively.


1 Final methodologies are currently being reviewed by the relevant technical/interagency committees coordinated by the PSA, for approval by the PSA Board and inclusion in the official statistics regularly being generated by the PSA.


LISA GRACE S. BERSALES, PhD.                                               
National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, PSA         

President, HDN


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Paolo Kris T. Adriano
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Updated: 27 January 2016


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