The National Statistics Office is now the Philippine Statistics Authority

Bonjour!  Mabuhay!

Growing up in the metro, I have become familiar with the not-so-frequent visits of people interviewing my parents on family members that reside in our home or live elsewhere.  Ang tawag daw sa ginagawa nila ay “census” at ito ay ginagawa para ma-determine ang human population sa Pilipinas.  The home visitations are done every five years.  Sabi ng mga parents ko, mga taga-NSO daw ang mga surveyors.

Later on in my adult life and finding the need for a copy of my Birth Certificate, I was delighted to know that I can conveniently have it processed and delivered to my home.  Government services have really come full circle!  Imagine, hindi na ako pipila ng madaling araw sa isang government agency para lang makakuha ng NSO Birth Certificate!  Mula sa mga nag-iikot na mga representatives ng NSO sa neighborhood namin, meron na silang hotline (02-737-1111) kung saan pwede akong tumawag para mag “order” ng civil registry certificates.  Natanggap ko ang mga NSO documents ko in less than three working days after I placed my orders.  I must say, nag level-up ang experience ko sa pakikipag transact sa isang government agency!

While working on some research late last year, I realized that the NSO has recently adapted a new name: The Philippine Statistics Authority, and are now more popularly known as PSA.  My, how times have changed!

This would not have made so much impact on me had it not been for a friend’s experience when enrolling his daughter in pre-school this year.  Hindi sila agad nakapag enroll dahil ayaw tanggapin ng school ang birth certificate ng bata.  Ang seal daw kasi ng certificate ay PSA, hind NSO.

My friend called his relatives who led him to the right person in PSA and there it was explained to him that the PSA is the new name of the NSO.  And that the PSA-issued birth certificate is as good as one issued by NSO in the past.  Bumalik sila sa school para makapag explain sa admissions; it turned out, halos lahat pala ng parents at teachers sa school ay hindi aware sa pagbabago ng pangalan ng NSO.

Para sa mga hindi pa nakakaalam na nagbago na ng pangalan ang NSO, I am sharing my research below.  I’m glad you dropped by and I hope makatulong ang mga information na ito sa inyo.

Read on!

Brief History

From the time the agency was conceived in 1940, it had undergone two changes in name and administrative supervision.  The latest change to PSA in 2013 would be its third.

The approval of Commonwealth Act number 591 in August 19, 1940 gave birth to the Bureau of Census and Statistics (BCS).

In March 1974, the BCS changed its name to National Census and Statistical Office (NCSO) under the administrative supervision of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).

Fast forward to 1987 with the Philippines under a new administration and by virtue of Executive Order number 121, the NCSO was renamed National Statistics Office (NSO), with respect to the order’s title “Reorganizing and Strengthening the Philippine Statistical System and for Other Purposes”.  It stayed under the Office of the President until December 28, 1993 when it was transferred back to the administrative supervision of NEDA by virtue of Executive Order No. 149.

In September 2013, the President signed into law Republic Act No. 10625 while its Implementing Rules and Regulations took effect on December 2013.  This law merged the National Statistics Office (NSO), National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) and the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), to what we now know as the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

There you have it, fellow citizens.  Ang dating NSO ay PSA na ngayon.  Kaya’t huwag na tayong magulat kung ang mga matatanggap natin na NSO-certified documents ay may seal na ng PSA, instead of the usual NSO seal.  At sakaling ang establishment na pagbibigyan ninyo ng mga civil registry documents na ito ay magtatanong kung bakit iba ang seal sa inyong certificate, you can advise them of this recent change in NSO’s name.

Going back to my “level up” experience in calling the NSOHelpline (02-737-1111); na-surprise ako nung malaman ko na apart from the hotline, meron na din silang online services.  Pwede ka nang mag order ng civil registry documents while on the go!  Bisitahin lang ang www.nsohelpline.com; may option ka na din mag bayad online para ma-process agad ang order mo.

In my next post, I will be talking about the roles and responsibilities of the Philippine Statistics Authority.  Importante din na well-informed tayo sa Mandate ng PSA dahil karamihan sa atin, ang akala natin ay taga release lang ng civil registry documents ang NSO.

Meantime, feel free to share this with everyone.  And post your questions, should you have any.

Thanks for dropping by!

Published by MasterCitizen

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27 thoughts on “The National Statistics Office is now the Philippine Statistics Authority

  1. hi good day po ask ko lang po kasi yung birth certificate ng anak ko hindi pala pinasok ng hospital kung saan nanganak yung wife ko now its been a while since ng check ako eh wala pala siya record sa NSO up to now paano po ba register yung birth cert ng anak ko para magkaroon siya ng copy sa NSO medyo matagal na kasi po eh 4yrs na po now.thank you and more power po.

      1. so if ma file ko na po un sa city hall how many months pokaya bago siya lumabas sa spa no po natin .salamt po ulit.

  2. Hi Master Citizen – I hope & pray you can help me with my question. I’m a Filipina married to an American. We got married in Florida, USA. I have dual citizenship (Phil & USA). We both reside now in Bohol, Phil. I want to apply for a Phil passport. One requirement is NSO marriage certificate. How do I get an NSO marriage certificate? The Phil does not have a record of my marriage. Hope you can steer me in the right direction. Thanks.

  3. hi, need some advice lang po sana. Yung kapatid ko magrerenew ng passport nia and requirements ang PSA birthcert nia. Meron kaming NSO birthcert na nia, db same din xia. Tatanggapin kya ang NSO nia? mnsan kasi my mga maaarteng empleyado ng gobyerno eh, dpende sa mood nila ang luwag at higpit nla sa trabaho nla.

  4. Good Day MasterCitizen.! Tanong lang po for passport application. Aside sa mayroon na po akong NSO birth certificate, kailangan pa po bang kumuha ng Security Paper (SECPA) na issued sa PSA.?

      1. Kung okay naman po sya Master Citizen ay no need na po kumuha ng PSA? Madami po kasi ako nababasa na di na daw tinatanggap ng DFA iyong NSO Copy. Dapat daw ay PSA na. Thank you so much.

      2. As long as clear pa ang kopya at galing talaga ng NSO (and therefore should be in NSO SECPA), pwede yan. Pero if they will require you to present the latest copy, siguro kakailanganin mong mag request ng bagong kopya na PSA na ang logo.

        MC

  5. good day po ask ko lang po kung pwede yung requirements na birth certificate lang na nkuha ko sa city hall wala po kasi akong nso.mgrerenew po ako ng passport maeexpire nanpo sa april?marami pong salamat sa sasagot

      1. Good day po kapag may nso birth certificate na ako kailangan pa ba e change sa PSA seal? Or hindi na po kasi papa renew po ako ng passport salamat po.

  6. hi po pwidi po ba magtanong,about sa maling year na inilagay sa birthcertifecate ng anak q,mali po kasi ang isinulat ng secretary ng barangay namin,after q po kasi ipanganak ang anak q ay isang araw lang ay nagpasa agad po aq ng livebirth form sa barangay namin,ngayon po nalaman ko na mali po ang sinulat niya.ginawang 2006 po ang sinulat ng secretary na maling mali po,ang tama dapat ay 2005 dapat ang tamang nakalagay sa NSO livebirth ng anak ko.
    ano po ba ang gagawin ko para mapalitan ang Year ng anak q at maitama siya ipinanganak q ang anak ko nong AUGOST 24,2005 ,at hindi 2006 ano po ba ang dapat kung gawin.

  7. hi..hello.. ask lang po sana ako kung paano mag pacorect ng meragecontract? dahil ang nakalagay ng merage ko ay nackname ko lang gawa ng ang alam ko talaga yun ang pangalan ko kaya yun ang ginamit nong nag graduate ako ng elementary hanggang sa nag asawa ako.nong mag aplly ako ng sss doon ko nalaman ang tunay na name ko kasi kumuha ako ng birthcertifacate.noong mag asawa ako wala nman silang hininge sa akin na berthcertafacate.ngayun kailangan kung iayus ang merage ko please tulungan nyo ako.maraming salamat.gumagalang tesa.

  8. Hi,mastercitizen ask KO lng po kung tatanggapin ako sa pag,aaply for passport.Kasi ang pangalan ko walang middle name illegitimate po kc ako pero iyong mga id’s ko lahat may middle name,iyon din ang middle name ng mother ko.

  9. Hi,mastercitizen ask KO lng po kung tatanggapin ako sa pag,aaply for passport.Kasi ang pangalan ko walang middle name illegitimate po kc ako pero iyong mga id’s ko lahat may middle name,iyon din ang middle name ng mother ko.

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