Philippine Statistics Authority
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The Philippine Statistics Authority was created on September 12, 2013 when the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 was signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III. The new government authority was created by merging the National Statistics Office, the National Statistical Coordination Board, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics.The PSA serves as the central statistical authority on primary data collection in the Philippines by conducting censuses on different sectors of the Philippine economy such as population, housing, agriculture, fisheries and business. It collects, compiles, analyzes and publishes statistical information on economic, social, demographic, political affairs and general affairs of the people of the Philippines. Likewise, it enforces the civil registration functions in the Philippines.Preceding agenciesNational Statistics OfficeThe National Statistics Office, formerly known as Bureau of Census and Statistics is the Philippine government's major statistical agency responsible for collecting, compiling, classifying, producing, publishing, and disseminating general-purpose statistics. The NSO also has the responsibility of carrying out and administering the provision of the Civil Registry Law including the archiving of birth, death and marriage and servicing requests for copies and certifications based on these documents as provided for in Act No. 3753 dated February 1931.The organization assumed its responsibilities when Commonwealth Act No. 591 was approved on 19 August 1940. It was then known as the Bureau of the Census and Statistics . It became the National Census and Statistics Office in 1974 until was renamed to be the National Statistics Office.