On-line Statistical Service Through the Internet
NSCB went online by establishing its web site in the World Wide Web in May 1997. The site
contains historical time series and the latest or updates on major social and economic
It also features news on the latest statistical development
activities in the country. Users can order and subscribe to statistical publications in
the National Statistical Information Center (NSIC) and request data through this online
On December 9, 1998, the NSCB was honored during the first Philippine Webby
Awards as the 1998 best Filipino created web site for government category. The Philippine
Webby Award is an award giving body that honors the best Filipino created web sites for
the year and the individuals and teams responsible for the creation of the web sites.
In 1999, the NSCB web site was again awarded by the Philippine Webby Awards as the best
web site in the government category. In the same year, the 8th Gawad Oscar
Florendo also honored the NSCB web site as the 1999 Outstanding Information Tool in the
Special Awards Category in a ceremony held on November 12, 1999 at the
AFPCOC, Tejeros Hall at Camp Aguinaldo.
Coordination of the
Subnational Statistical System
The NSCB has
established the Regional Statistical Coordination Committees
(RSCCs) in all regions of the country.
The creation of the RSCCs was
aimed at (a) providing direction and guidance to statistical development activities in the
regions; and (b) to analyze, evaluate and recommend improvements on statistics needed in
responding to local concerns.
The RSCCs serve as the body for
policy and issue resolution and statistical coordination at the subnational level. The
NSCB Regional Units provide the technical and administrative support functions to the
Coordination of Inter-agency
The NSCB technical staff coordinates a
number of technical committees (TCs) and inter-agency committees (IACs).
These committees are created from time to time to improve data systems for the
generation of relevant information in support of important programs of the government.
As of February 1999, the NSCB has TCs on population and housing statistics; price
statistics; seasonal adjustment of Philippine time series; statistical standards and
classification; and, survey design. On the other hand, the IACs are on agriculture,
fishery and forestry statistics; foreign direct investments statistics; and, labor, income
and productivity statistics.
Designation of Statistics
Order (EO) No. 352 was passed on July 1, 1996 to designate the statistical activities that
will generate critical data for decision-making of the government and private sectors.
The EO further identifies the responsible agencies, frequency of conduct,
disaggregation, and schedule of data dissemination.
As a service to data users, the system of designated statistics forms one of the
responses of the NSCB on the need to generate data at a desired frequency, time and level
Clearing House for International Data Requests
NSCB serves as the clearing house for data requests from international organizations such
as the UN ESCAP, ILO, WHO, among others.
Through this system, the dissemination of official data to
foreign bodies and other requesting parties is ensured.
The NSCB provides
technical assistance on statistical matters to various government agencies,
students and other data users from the private sector.
It also extends
assistance to foreign delegations and conducts lectures on the estimation of
national accounts and other relevant indicators.
Some of the foreign
delegations/missions that have benefited from the expertise of the NSCB
staff include groups from China, Vietnam, Japan, Bhutan, Nepal, and
Advocacy for Statistical
NSCB leads in the promotion of statistical awareness through the annual National Statistics Month
the conduct of the National Convention on Statistics (NCS) every three years.
The NSM is observed every October of the year pursuant to
Presidential Proclamation No. 647 issued on September 20, 1990, declaring the month of
October of every year as the National Statistics Month. The nationwide celebration aims to
enhance the importance of statistics in development and to promote public awareness and
appreciation of the value of statistics in the different sectors of society. The annual
celebration started in 1990 and every year a particular theme is selected to give focus to
In keeping with the need to regularly conduct intelligent discussions on the
developments in the fields of statistics, the PSS, with the NSCB at the helm, holds the
NCS every three years. The last convention was held on October 1-2, 2001 at
Westin Philippine Plaza in Pasay City, National Capital Region coinciding
with the opening of the 12th National Statistics Month celebration. The convention
aims to: (1) provide a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences in the
field of statistics, and for discussing recent statistical developments
and prevailing issues and problems of the PSS; and (2) elicit the cooperation and support of statisticians and
professionals in related fields from the government, academe and private
sector towards a more progressive statistical system.
Survey Review and Clearance System
Survey Review and Clearance System (SSRCS) is one of the mechanisms of the NSCB for providing
assistance and support to the statistical work of government agencies.
The system involves the evaluation of surveys or censuses sponsored and/or to be
conducted by government agencies at the national and subnational level.
The review covers several areas such as
The review process aims to ensure conformity with standard definitions, concepts and
classifications, and, consequently, the reliability, comparability and accuracy of
statistics generated. At the same time, the system aims to minimize the burden of
respondents, to effect economy in data collection, and to inform respondents about the
survey and to enjoin their cooperation as well.
A database of surveys cleared, which can be accessed by users, is being maintained to
facilitate the review process.
Interactive Statistical Databases
The development of the Interactive
Statistical Databases (i-stats) online is in line with the continuing
commitment of the NSCB to bring the products and services of the Philippine
Statistical System (PSS) within reach of as wide range of clientele as
The database contains a
comprehensive compilation of multi-sectoral data about the region and its
component provinces, cities and municipalities presented in time series.
This database aims to bring statistics closer to the various users at the
convenience of their homes, offices or work stations. The database has been
developed with technical assistance from Statistics Sweden.