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More Philippine statistical agencies trained on microdata documentation (Tagaytay City, 5-9 September 2011)

The technical capacity to archive and document surveys was expanded to nine more agencies in the Philippine Statistical System (PSS) with the completion of the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit Training held in Tagaytay City, Philippines on September 5 to 9, 2011. Five (5) surveys and nine (9) administrative-based statistics were documented by 22 participants in the workshop.

The participants cited the usefulness and benefits of the Toolkit and indicated their agreement to recommend to management its adoption within the agency. The agencies include: the Department of Health, agencies of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Labor and Employment, and NSCB regional offices.

The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), as the planning and coordinating agency of the PSS, identified the priority agencies to be trained in the Workshop, specifically those agencies with designated statistics. The activity underscores the commitment of the PSS, through NSCB Resolution 10 s. 2010, “Enjoining Agencies in the Philippine Statistical System to Archive and Document Microdata Using International Standards”, to improve the management of its microdata. Currently, the major statistical agencies, National Statistics Office, Bureau of Agricultural Statistics and Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics, maintain their respective NADAs.