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Statistical Coordination: The Philippine Experience. by. Ms. Lina V. Castro Assistant Secretary General . Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning: Toward a Stronger ASEAN Community Statistical System 28-29 November 2012 ,Jakarta, Indonesia. OUTLINE. Introduction

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    1. Statistical Coordination: The Philippine Experience by Ms. Lina V. Castro Assistant Secretary General Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning: Toward a Stronger ASEAN Community Statistical System 28-29 November 2012 ,Jakarta, Indonesia

    2. OUTLINE Introduction The Philippine Statistical System (PSS) andits Coordination Mechanisms How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns Way Forward ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    3. Introduction • National Statistical System (NSS) whether centralized or decentralized, if they are to be relevant, must ensure that the statistics they produce are: • well understood • timely • as widely and properly used as possible by stakeholders • Be it : • the government • the academics • the civil society • the general public ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    4. Introduction • There is an urgent need for the NSS to put in greater efforts to: • advocate for the proper understanding and use of statistics and indicators; • enhance accessibility; • promote the creation and sharing of statistical knowledge; • respond more effectively to increasing demand for quality and timely statistics. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    5. The Philippine Statistical System • The PSS … • a government-wide system of providing statistical information and services to the public • a decentralized statistical system composed of: • a policy-making body • data producers • data users • a research and training institution • data providers ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    6. LegislativeOffice ExecutiveOffice Training, Education and ResearchInstitutions Policy-making/ Coordinating Agency Data Users Data Producers Data Suppliers/Respondents The Philippine Statistical System The Philippine Statistical System Framework of Coordination ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    7. The Philippine Statistical System The Philippine Statistical SystemMajor Statistical Agencies produces general-purpose statistics Produces establishment- based labor and employment statistics produces agricultural statistics conducts short-term courses in statistics and researches to enhance methodologies, concepts, etc. Policy-making and coordinating body produces money and banking statistics ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    8. The Philippine Statistical System • NSCB’s Role in the Decentralized System • Challenge faced by the PSS in the new millennium: • constantly evolving demands of data users and stakeholders and dwindling resources • In response, the PSS through NSCB as the highest policy making and coordinating body: • Has been in the forefront in raising awareness and appreciation of the public on the importance and the proper use of statistics. • Established coordination mechanisms and statistical advocacy tools to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the PSS. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    9. The Philippine Statistical System • Coordination mechanisms/tools • Inter-Agency Committees (IACs), Technical Committees (TCs), and Technical Working Groups (TWGs) as main fora for coordinationto: • address issues and recommend improvements in data production, dissemination, communication and utilization; • formulate/evaluate methodologies and concepts of general purpose and sectoral statistics; • address improvements in various dimensions of data quality. • Membership include both users and producers of statistics with private sector representatives. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    10. The Philippine Statistical System • Designated Statistics • The System of Designated Statistics (SDS) is a mechanism that: • Identifies and generates the most critical and essential statistics/statistical activity required for social and economic planning/analysis based on approved criteria; • Establishes priorities for data production and hence provides a means for more rational resource allocation among government statistical activities; • Identifies the sources of official statistics; • Defines the agency responsible, frequency of data production and schedule of data dissemination; • Indicates the major data items to be collected and the geographic level of disaggregation, among others. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    11. The Philippine Statistical System • Designated Statistics • 57 designated statistics (to date) • 20 Implementing Agencies • 4 censuses • 21 surveys • 17 administrative data systems • 15 derived data systems/indicators ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    12. The Philippine Statistical System • Philippine Statistical Development Plan (PSDP)* • a mechanism for setting the directions, thrusts and priorities of the PSS for the medium term; • defines the priority statistical programs and activities in the medium term designed to provide vital information support for the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) • promotes efficiency of statistical operations through an optimum use of available resources and adoption of cost effective measures; • a tool for integrating and coordinating the statistical activities of the government and enjoins compliance and cooperation among various agencies • * Equivalent of the NSDS ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    13. The Philippine Statistical System • Formulation of Statistical Policies • The NSCB Executive Board issues policy measures in the form of resolutions and memorandum orders designed to: • introduce new statistical frameworks and activities • enhance existing methodologies • improve the quality and accessibility of government-produced statistics ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    14. The Philippine Statistical System • Statistical Standards and Classification Systems • The NSCB serves as the policy-making and coordinating body on statistical matters in the country. • One of the functions of the NSCB is to develop and prescribe uniform standard concepts and definitions and classification systems in the generation of official statistics in order to ensure harmonization and comparability of statistics in the country and at the international level. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    15. The Philippine Statistical System • Statistical Survey Review and Clearance System (SSRCS) • Mechanism involving the process of evaluating the design and instruments of statistical surveys or censuses sponsored and/or to be conducted by government agencies, including government corporations at the national and/or sub-national level. • Formulated to ensure conformity with standard definitions, concepts and classifications, and consequently, the reliability, comparability and accuracy of statistics generated out of said surveys and/or censuses. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    16. The Philippine Statistical System • Advance Release Calendar (ARC) and Provision of Metadata • ARC is a mechanism designed by the NSCB to promote transparency, timeliness, and accessibility of government statistics by providing advanced information to the public as to WHAT and WHEN the statistics WILL BECOME AVAILABLE. • NSCB provides the metadata of economic and social indicators on the website to enhance users’ awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of the data. • The metadata include concepts and definitions, purpose, coverage, units of measure, frequency or periodicity of data, documentation of methodology, sources of the data, and other attributes of data quality. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    17. The Philippine Statistical System • Government Statistics Accessibility Program (GSAP)-Servesas overall guiding framework and aims to "pole vault" the improvement in the accessibility of statistical information and services in the PSS • Adoption of the GSSID: General Standards on Statistical Information and Dissemination • Data archiving • Statistics Promotion/Communication Program • General Pricing Policy • Alliance with the Private Sector • Institutionalization of the National Statistical Information Center ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    18. The Philippine Statistical System Institutionalization of National Statistical Information Center (NSIC) * Established in the Philippines under Technical Cooperation Program from SIDA in collaboration with Statistics Sweden ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    19. The Philippine Statistical System Conduct of National Convention on Statistics (NCS) • Considered the biggest and most successful statistical advocacy activity of the PSS. It was first conducted in 1978 spearheaded by the NSCB to: • 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, • Elicit the cooperation and support of stakeholders towards a more responsive statistical system. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    20. "STATMAN" The Philippine Statistical System Celebration of the National Statistics Month (NSM) First observed in 1990 pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 647 signed by then President Corazon C. Aquino on September 20, 1990, Declaring the Month of October of Every Year as the National Statistics Month. • The NSM celebration aims to: • promote , enhance and instill awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics to the different sectors of society, and, • to elicit the cooperation and support of the general public in upgrading the quality and standards of statistics in the country. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    21. The Philippine Statistical System • Conduct of Statistics Congress at the Subnational Level • Three statistical conferences on statistics are held every year: • The Northern Mindanao Regional Statistics Congress; • The Mindanao Statistical Congress; and, • The Western Visayas Statistics Congress • These conferences provide a forum to present and discuss emerging statistical issues particularly at the subnational level organized by the NSCB Regional Units and local partners. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    22. The Philippine Statistical System • Improving Access to Statistics through the Internet • NSCB website offers the following services: • Online databases of time series economic, social and environment data, classification systems, directory of government statistical services and online public access catalogue; • Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Feeds of the latest information released by the NSCB; • Social networking (Facebook and Twitter) • Abridged Mobile Edition of the NSCB Website for users of smartphones, PDAs and other mobile handheld devices; • E-Newsletter containing news, data updates, press releases and announcements; and • Feedback mechanism to gather comments/opinions as well as inquiries of various users. • Users can also order and subscribe to statistical publications online as well as send inquiries and feedback. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    23. The Philippine Statistical System • Advocacy thru Various Publications and Information Materials • NSCB regularly packages and disseminates statistical publications and CD-Romscontaining official statistics produced by the different agencies in government e.g. ; • Philippine Statistical Yearbook (PSY) • The Countryside in Figures (CIF) • Economic Indicators (monthly) • Statistically Speaking Articles • FactSheets • Beyond the Numbers • Sexy Statistics • StatWatch • MDG Watch ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    24. The Philippine Statistical System • Connecting with the Media • Press Conferences- To actively involve the media as partners in communicating statistics to the general public. • Statistical Appreciation Seminars for the Media- To familiarize the media with basic statistical methodologies and indicators and enhance their capacity in writing stories behind the figures released by the PSS. • Media Coverage of NSCB’s Statistics- NSCB’s efforts in communicating statistics resulted to wider coverage in the mass media, particularly in daily newspapers where they feature statistics in news articles or in opinion sections. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    25. The Philippine Statistical System • Linking with Data Producers and Data Users • NSCB works closely with data producers in the government. Cooperation takes place in the form of undertaking joint projects, participating in interagency and technical committees, and holding of dissemination forum. • User’s Forums– to solicit comments and feedback from users for the improvement of official statistics. • Focal Point of Statistics– publishes a directory of statistical information and service providers in the Philippines facilitating the search for information by users of statistics. • Appreciation Seminars- holds seminars to explain and make users appreciate the processes behind the production of certain statistical indicators, including their limitations. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    26. The Philippine Statistical System • Hosting of International Conferences/Celebration of First World Statistics Day • The Philippine Government, through the NSCB has hosted various international conferences on statistics, in collaboration with the UN and other international organizations and bodies. These include: • International Conference on Poverty Statistics (ICOPS) held in October 2004; • International Conference on MDG Statistics (ICMDGS) October 2007; • 3rd Global Forum on Gender Statistics in October 2010. • Inter-Agency Expert Group Meeting on MDG statistics and the 2nd ICMDGS in October 2011 • UN Regional Workshop on Data Dissemination in June 2012 ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    27. The Philippine Statistical System • Monitoring the Uses of Statistics • Amidst resource constraints, it is important that only statistics that are useful and are in fact used in decision-making be generated by the PSS. • It is in this area where admirable efforts of the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) statistically capacity building of national statistical systems all over the world can be extended: • from capacitating the data producers • to capacitating the data users • NSCB has been advocating for data users to actually demonstrate their use of statistics to improve the relevance of the NSCB and the PSS. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    28. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • Statistical Policies • ASEAN Framework of Cooperation in Statistics • NSCB Resolution No.9 Series of 2010: Declaring support to the ASEAN Framework of Cooperation in Statistics; • ASEAN Statistics at the national and regional levels emanating from the ratification of the ASEAN Charter • Supporting the need to develop relevant indicators and compile timely and comparable statistics in support of evidence-based policy making planning and monitoring in the three pillars of the ASEAN Community- The ASEAN Political Security Community (APSC), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    29. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • The PSS as an essential part of the ASEAN Community Statistical System (ACSS) needs to be prepared for and to actively participate and contribute in the establishment of a well-functioning and effective ACSS and thus, the statistical capacities of the PSS should be strengthened in order to respond to the increased data needs and other requirements of the ASEAN. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    30. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • Philippine Statistical Development Program, 2011-2017 • Specific Programs on International Cooperation • The PSDP advocates, among others, the adoption of the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, the Dakar Declaration on Development of Statistics, the Busan Action Plan for Statistics, and the ASEAN Framework of Cooperation in Statistics. • International Cooperation • Enhancement of statistical cooperation with the international community through • Sharing of experiences, practices and expertise • Implementation of statistical capacity development projects • Better coordinated and timely response to international inquiries ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    31. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • Proactive and better coordinated participation in international cooperation programs and in the development of standards and methodological frameworks • Adoption of/adherence to internationally-recognized principles, declarations and best practices • Capacity building of major statistical agencies and other data producers at the national and local levels through participation in international meetings, conferences and workshops and provision of budget thereof • Organization of international conferences, training and workshops on key statistical topics in support of global statistical development and promotion of the PSS ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    32. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • Statistical Standards • ASEAN Harmonized Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN) • NSCB Resolution No.3 Series of 2005: Approving and Adopting the 2004 Philippine Standard Commodity Classification (PSSC); • The Philippine Standard Commodity Classification (PSCC) is a classification of all commodities on imports and exports being used for tariff and statistical purposes; • The 2004 PSCC, which is the latest PSCC, is an integration of the ASEAN Harmonized Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN) based on the 2002 Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) issued by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the 1993 PSCC(as amended in 1999); ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    33. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • As member of the ASEAN, it is imperative that the AHTN be adopted by the Philippines for comparability of data on foreign trade; • The use of the AHTN per se does not include some of the information contained in the PSCC for statistical purposes, thus the need to integrate the PSCC and the AHTN; • The AHTN (8-digits) has been expanded with additional 2-digits for the PSCC codes to highlight significant commodities in the country and generate more detailed information on these commodities; • The PSCC is mainly used by the National Statistics Office, Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, Bureau of Export Trade Promotions, and the banks and exporters. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    34. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • Involvement in the Four (4) ASEAN Statistical Fields • International Merchandize Trade Statistics (IMTS) and Statistics on International Trade in Services (SITS) • International Merchandize Trade Statistics (IMTS) (also called Foreign Trade Statistics) and distributive trade are compiled on a regular basis by the National Statistics Office (NSO). Foreign trade statistics are generated from customs declaration forms while data on distributive trade is collected mainly through quarterly regional (domestic) commodity flow; • Statistics on International Trade in Services (SITS) are compiled from BOP of the BSP and through the PSNA compilation of exports and imports of services. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    35. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • In the PSDP key developments in 2005-2011, there have been continuing efforts to improve industry trade and investment statistics. • The Philippines through the BSP and NSCB participated in regional cooperation initiatives to enhance capacity towards a common data framework and shared database on FDIS and SITS for ASEAN purposes; • Starting 2005, the Philippines has participated in various regional initiatives such as meetings, technical workshops, training, data assessment, metadata development, preparation of data protocols and strategic planning; • The Philippines through NSO, and through BSP and NSCB, sits as member of the ASEAN Task Force on IMTS , and ASEAN Task Force on SITS and FDIS, respectively. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    36. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • The PSDP 2011-2017 includes programs geared towards the improvement in the generation and compilation of industry, trade , and investment statistics and indicators. • Generation of IMTS consistent with the latest international IMTS manual/recommendations; • Enhancement of SITS compilation in the BOP by tapping other data sources to expand coverage and generate data by partner country; • Development of interactive and online user database on IMTS; • Enhancement of coverage and methodology for the compilation of SITS, including medical tourism and ICT; ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    37. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • Participation in meetings and activities of the ASEAN task forces on IMTS and SITS, WGFDIS, and other relevant international meetings, conferenced, and projects organized by international development partners e.g. UNCTAD, APEC, and UNESCAP; • Provision of inputs in the updating of methodological frameworks and standards on ASEAN common data framework (IMTS and SITS); • Adoption/application of the 2012 PSCC in the compilation of IMTS; • Adoption of the ASEAN IMTS Data Protocols for regional trade data exchange; • Adoption/Adaptation of international recommendations/ standards such as BPM6 in the compilation of SITS. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    38. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • Involvement in the Four (4) ASEAN Statistical Fields • Foreign Direct Investment Statistics (FDIS) • Hosting of the 14th meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on FDI Statistics • In 2006, the Philippines through the NSCB ad in collaboration with the IACFDIS, hosted the 14th Meeting of the WGFDIS and served as Chair during various WGFDIS meetings. • Participation /contribution in the development of ASEAN FDI Statistics • The Philippines through NSCB, BSP, and the IACFDIS continued its collaboration with ASEAN through the ASEAN Working Group on FDI Statistics and European Union-ASEAN Statistical Capacity Building Programme (EASCAB). • The Philippines regularly shared FDI data, attended regional meetings and workshops, and participated in technical data assessment and capacity development initiatives. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    39. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • Capacity building on FDI statistics • Training, workshops, and appreciation forums were undertaken through the IACFDIS and its member agencies , such as the 2009 Workshop on Measuring Realized Investments in December 2009, Training on the 2009 PSIC for Compliers of FDI statistics in October 2010, among others. • Study on the measurement and generation of statistics on realized investments • The initiative involved the following activities: creation of the interagency Technical Working Group on Realized Investment (TWGRI) in 2008 to formulate and recommend an official/standard operational definition of realized investments; • Develop interim and long-term methodologies or approaches to monitor and measure realized investments, and submit quarterly reports to IACFDIS. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    40. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • The interagency collaboration has so far developed a conceptual framework and statistical definition, designed and pilot tested the monitoring form and formulated a mechanism for the collection and compilation of statistics. • ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System (ACPMS) and WGDSA • Provision of data inputs through ACPMS and participation in workshops/seminars. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    41. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • Statistical Dissemination/Promotion of ASEAN Statistics • Online “Statistically Speaking” Articles • “Are we ready for ASEAN Integration?”, September 2012 featuring indicators on GDP growth rates, per capita GDP, pupil-teacher ratio, adult literacy rates, population growth rates, tourist arrivals, HDI, MMR, U5MR, FDI inflows, merchandize exports, life expectancy, etc. of the Philippines compared to ASEAN • “The ASEAN-Where Do We Stand? Or Wobble?”, September 2004 featuring indicators on GDP growth, FDI inflows, employment rate, fiscal balance, tourists, food production per capita, HDU, Human Poverty Index, IMR, MMR, AIDS/HIV prevalence, computer-population ratio, internet usage, etc. • Online “Beyond the Numbers” • “Understanding changes in the Philippine Population”, November 2012 include indicators comparing Philippines with ASEAN countries, on median age, Total Fertility Rates, etc. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    42. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns • Statistical Dissemination/Promotion of ASEAN Statistics • Sexy Statistics • “Still Poor, Though with a Job, Jobs, Prices for them”, October 2012 compared with selected Asian countries unemployment rate, share of employed workers by industry to the total employed • “Philippine Tourism: When will we know that, indeed it is more fun in the Philippines?”, June 2012 featuring visitor arrivals in selected ASEAN countries • “For every 100 dollars that we export to ASEAN we import back 145 dollars”, Feb 2012 featuring imports and exports, and trade deficit as well as import to export ratio percentage share to the total trade between the Philippines and the ASEAN countries • “Across ASEAN Countries, a minimum wage earner in 2010 can buy the most rice in Thailand and in the Philippines”, January 2012 featuring daily minimum wage, retail prices of rice and kilos of rice that minimum wage can buy ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    43. How The PSS Integrates ASEAN Statistical Concerns Statistical Dissemination/Promotion of ASEAN Statistics NSCB Fact Sheet on Women and Men in the Philippines, March 2012 featuring gender statistics compared with ASEAN countries on population, adult literacy rate/net enrolment ratios in secondary schools, ratio of girls to boys in secondary schools, life expectancy at birth, etc. ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    44. Way Forward • Our efforts in the PSS will be….. • Towards supporting the development of the ASEAN Community Statistical System (ACSS), in line with the ACSS Committee Action Plan, 2011-2015 through • Continuing collaboration with ASEANstats • Regional cooperation/Participation in meetings/workshops, etc. • Adoption of the ASEAN Code of Practice in Statistics • Adoption of best practices at the country level • Compilation of harmonized and timely statistics (SITS, FDI, IMTS, etc.) • South-south Cooperation • Statistical capacity building • Promotion and advocacy of ASEAN statistics ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    45. Way Forward • Our Vision … • We look forward to a strengthened and more sustainable ACSS ready for ASEAN integration in 2015! ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia

    46. Thank You! URL: http://www.nscb.gov.ph e-mail: info@nscb.gov.ph /NSCBPhilippines /NSCBPhilippines ASEAN Regional Workshop on Strategic Statistical Planning LVCastro / November 28-29,2012/Jakarta, Indonesia