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.

 Data Archiving Activities

  • The first workshop on the Philippine Statistics Authority Data Archive (PSADA) 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 World Bank integrated the three (3) National Data Archive (NADA) systems of the former major statistical agencies namely, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) Electronic Archive and Network Services (BEANS), Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) Electronic Archived Microdata System (BEAMS) and the National Statistics Office (NSO) Data Archive (NSODA).

  • Another workshop was organized on 14-16 March 2016 with 30 participants 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).

  • A series of workshops were conducted in 2017 to update the PSADA. Workshops were conducted on 19 March 2017, 08 May 2017, and 14 June 2017. A total of 108 participants attended the three (3) workshops with a total of 17 surveys documented covering demographic and social statistics, economic statistics, and environment and multi-domain statistics.

  • The PSADA was launched on 03 July 2017 at Dusit Thani Manila. The launching of PSADA was part of PSA’s advocacy and statistical appreciation program to provide more accessible and innovative statistical services to its clients and stakeholders. The PSADA is aimed to provide its users free and open information that is accessible online and is available 24/7. It was attended by 103 representatives from key 37 government agencies, local and foreign private companies, civil society organizations, academia, and local and international development partners.

  • The PSA conducted documentation workshops on 15-16 March 2018, 26-27 March 2018, and 25-26 April 2018 which was participated by 125 participants. The workshop was able to document 59 surveys, censuses, administrative data, and compiled indicators.

  • On 18–20 February 2019 and 18–20 March 2019, the PSA held two (2) batches of PSADA Documentation Workshops for new documenters of Central Office Staff. The workshop had a total of 65 participants, and 36 surveys, censuses, administrative data, and indicators were documented.

  • Aside from the yearly documentation workshop, a Training-Workshop on Data Anonymization and Uploading of Microdata for Dissemination in PSADA was conducted from 09 to 11 December 2019 at The Linden Suites in Pasig. The Training-Workshop on Data Anonymization was attended and participated in by 38 PSA Central and Regional Office employees. This aims to provide technical knowledge on how to anonymize data, generate anonymized microdata for uploading to the PSADA portal, and institutionalize the generation of anonymized public use files (PUFs) for all censuses and surveys.

  • To continue the development of the pool of PSADA, the Standards Service (SS) through the Statistical Standards Division (SSD) spearheaded the conduct of the 2022 PSADA Documentation Workshop for PSA Central Office Staff from 06 to 08 September 2022 at Luxent Hotel. A total of 56 participants from various PSA divisions documented 22 surveys. The new version of Nesstar publisher, which is utilized in the preparation of survey/census documentation, was introduced and discussed with the new PSADA documenters. The updates on the PSADA website were also discussed by Mr. Gerald Elbert M. Sarzona of Knowledge Management and Communications Division (KMCD).