About the PSA Data Archive

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 10625 (The Philippine Statistics Act of 2013), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is mandated to collect, compile, analyze, abstract and publish statistical information relating to the country's economic, social, demographic, political affairs and general activities and condition of the people. As the central authority for statistics of the Philippine government, the PSA houses a large volume of data and information from the conduct of periodic censuses and sample surveys on population, housing, agriculture, fisheries, business, industry and other sectors of the economy, as well as the compilation of derived indicators from administrative-based data and civil registration system.

In recognition of the need to provide more timely and comprehensive information to the public on the various statistical activities and outputs of the PSA, the PSA has forged a partnership with the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21 sl Century (PARIS21) to build, maintain and update the PSA Data Archive. The PSA Data Archive integrates the three (3) National Data Archive (NADA) Systems of the former Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) and the National Statistics Office (NSO) and shall include the documentation of all the surveys, censuses, compilations of derived indicators from administrative-based data and civil registration system that were undertaken after the establishment of the PSA.

The PSA Data Archive shall serve as the systematic repository of the data collection, generation of statistics of the PSA. It aims to (1) Document, disseminate and preserve the dataset and information on the procedures undertaken and materials used in the conduct of PSA statistical activities; and (2) Promote rational use and appropriate interpretation of the statistics generated by the PSA.

The first workshop on the PSA Data Archive was conducted on 22-26 February 2016 with participants from 15 PSA sectoral divisions who were able to document 27 PSA statistical activities. During the workshop, the Information Technology and Dissemination Service (ITDS) with the assistance of consultants from PARIS21 also integrated the three (3) NADA systems of the former BAS, BlES and NSO namely, the BAS Electronic Archive and Network Services (BEANS), BlES Electronic Archived Microdata System (BEAMS) and the NSO Data Archive (NSODA).

Another workshop was organized on 14-16 March 2016 to train 30 staff members from the Economic Sector Statistics Service (ESSS) who documented the statistical activities for the various sectors covered in six (6)_ major establishment surveys/census of the PSA. These are the Census of Philippine Business and Industry (CPBI), Annual Survey on Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI), Producer Price Survey (PPS), Monthly Integrated Survey on Selected Industries (MISSI), Survey on Information and Communications Technology (SICT) and the Quarterly Survey on Philippine Business and Industry (QSPBI).