The 2018 Philippine Standard Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (PSCCS) is the first edition of the country’s classification of crimes. It is a hierarchical classification where criminal offenses are allocated into categories that have a certain degree of similarity. It is patterned after the International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS, v. 1.0) developed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), endorsed by the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) as the standard international classification for crime statistics in March 2015.
The 2018 PSCCS serves as a comprehensive framework for classifying criminal offenses in the country to facilitate analysis of crime, harmonize data across criminal justice institutions, and facilitate assessment of gaps between crimes reported to the police and those experienced by the victims.
The 2018 PSCCS covers all criminal offenses in force in the Philippines under the Revised Penal Code and Special Penal Laws and mapped with the ICCS, v.1.0. The mapping was guided by the inventory of criminal offenses under national laws generated from the Philippine Crime Index Project of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The 2018 PSCCS contains eleven (11) sections designed to cover all acts or events that constitute a crime within the scope of the PSCCS.