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                                       NSO REPORTER
                                 The Official Newsletter of the National Statistics Office

 Volume XXX Number 4                                                                                                October – December 2006

                            Central Office conducts Planning Workshop
         The Central Office officials assembled for a                                The COPW is the second phase following the
 three-day planning workshop at Hotel Dominique in                           Department Planning Workshop (DPW) where the plans
 Tagaytay City from November 13 to 15. Administrator                         and work programs in the departments are integrated and
 Carmelita N. Ericta delivered the welcome remarks                           the overlaps are resolved. The outputs of the COPW shall
 marking the official opening of the CO Planning                             be cascaded to the field offices as inputs for the Regional
 Workshop (COPW).                                                            Planning Workshops scheduled in December.

                                                                                      Agenda for the workshop were the presentations
                                                                             of the major activities to be undertaken in 2007. Four
                                                                             activities were lined up for discussion on the first day
                                                                             with Dir. Valentino Abuan (IRD) as the first presenter. He
                                                                             discussed about the Unified Multi-Purpose Identification
                                                                             known as the UMID which was established on April 13,
                                                                             2005 through Executive Order No.420.

                                                                                    Dir. Lourdes Hufana (CRD) followed with a
                                                                             report on the proposed strategies and innovations to
                                                                             improve civil registration services as well as the expected
                                                                             memorandum circulars.
                                                                                                                            (Continued on page 2)
  The participants of COPW put on their sweetest smiles for a photo shoot.

                              Region 3 bet emerges as 2006 PSQ National Champion

          Alvin Jay P. Perdio, an Accountancy freshman
 from the Bataan Polytechnic College, bested 16 other
 hopefuls from various regions in the country to bring
 home the championship trophy in the 15th Philippine
 Statistics Quiz (PSQ) National Finals held at the
 Assembly Hall of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)
 in Malate, Manila on December 5, 2006.

         Sixteen year-old Perdio became the first PSQ
 national champion from Region 3 and was awarded the
 PhP25,000 top purse, a PSQ medal, and a trophy. His
 coach, Benjamin M. Andraneda, was also given
 recognition and a cash prize of PhP12,500.

                                                (Continued on page 2)
                                                                             Contestants and their coaches posed for a group picture after the quiz.
              NSO REPORTER                                                   October – December 2006

                                        COPW...Continued form page 1
        Deputy Admin. Paula Monina Collado                          The designated groups also reported on the
presented the updates on the status of the NSO Building.   FYDP prioritization of policies for 2007 and 2008. The
Last presentation for the day was on the Decentralized     morning session ended with the discussion of all
Budget Planning and Management of Maintenance and          activities listed in the 2007 Gantt Chart by PMCD Chief
Other Operating Expenses by GAD-OIC Director               Janice Ybañez.
Enrique L. Navarro.
                                                                   The participants worked on the standardization
        Presentation continued on the second day with      of functions by position from SG 14 and above on the
the discussion of two major activities for 2007: the       last day. Their outputs were presented and deliberated
Population Census (POPCEN) scheduled in September          in the afternoon. HRMD Chief Fiel Pizarro served as
and the Census of Philippine Business and Industry         the moderator on the open forum specially allocated for
(CPBI). Research topics as proposed to be undertaken       the standardized position description.
for 2007 were presented by IESD Chief Emma Fabian
representing the HSD, EIID Chief Rosie Sta. Ana of                 The workshop ended with the closing remarks
ITSD, and VSD Chief Marites Espinoza of CRD. All           delivered by the Deputy Administrator and the closing
departments were encouraged to conduct work-related        prayer recited by ITOD Chief Elpidio Nogales Jr.
studies that will contribute to new knowledge or
improvement of the existing processes at the NSO.

Region 3 bet...Continued from page 1                               National Statistical Coordination Board
                                                           Secretary-General Romulo A. Virola, Bureau of
         Runners-up were: Region 11’s Jade T. Ventura      Agricultural Statistics Director Romeo S. Recide, and
(first), Region 10’s Carlo C. Miñon (second), NCR’s        Dr. Mercedes B. Concepcion, Academician from the
Emmanuel Lance Christopher M. Plan (third), and            National Academy of Science and Technology
Region 7’s Ranyah Dawn R. Dablo (fourth). All five         composed the Board of Judges.
national winners and their coaches shared the cash pot
of over a hundred thousand pesos, among other prizes.              BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco gave the
                                                           event’s keynote message. Also present during the
        Other regional champions who joined the            contest was BSP Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo.
contest were: Leah Grace B. Nasak (Cordillera
Administrative Region), Jervy A. Baklayan (Region 1),              NSO Deputy Administrator Paula Monina G.
Neil Bryan U. Aglugub (Region 2), Raymon M. Manalo         Collado served as the quizmaster while SSOD Chief
(CALABARZON),           Rosemelyn    L.     Ricaflanca     Elsie B. Solidum was the program host.
(MIMAROPA), Richard B. Barajas (Region 5), Jesreal
L. Arcillas (Region 6), Ma. Leah M. Borines (Region 8),
Alan Jay D. Nono (Region 9), Yzer Paul L. Pasaporte
(Region 12), Queen Gesa T. Mordeno (Caraga), and
Mohammad Muariff S. Balang (Autonomous Region in
Muslim Mindanao).
                                                              “I would rather be able to
        All contestants were awarded plaque of                appreciate things I cannot have
recognition and PSQ medals by NSO Administrator
Carmelita N. Ericta and Philippine Statistical                than to have things I cannot
Association President and Co-Chairperson of Steering
Committee      Dr.     Isidoro     P.     David.     The
colleges/universities where the finalists are currently
                                                              appreciate. “
enrolled as well as the high schools where they
graduated were also given certificates of appreciation.
 October – December 2006                                                              NSO REPORTER

                                          2006 FIES 2nd Visit reels
        The 2006 FIES 2nd visit enumeration period will                   Data gathered from FIES are important and
be from January 8 to 31, 2007 including Saturdays. As            useful in many aspects of the country's economy, to
in the previous FIES, the second visit shall gather data         determine the sources of income and income
on income and expenditure of families for the second             distribution, levels of living and spending patterns, and
semester of 2006.                                                the degree of inequality among Filipino families. It
                                                                 provides key indicators for national and regional socio-
        To improve the quality data gathered a new               economic planning of the country.
questionnaire design was adapted in 2003, the sample
household was interviewed in two separate operations
using the half-year period (January to June and July to
December) preceding the interview as reference period.                        2006 CPBI underway
Separate questionnaire with the same sets of questions
for both visits were used.                                               The committees and working groups for the
                                                                 conduct of the 2006 Census of Philippine Business and
          The sample households that will be covered in          Industry (CPBI) convened during the last quarter as part
the 2006 FIES 2nd visit will be the same households in           of the preparatory activities for the nationwide
the first semester of 2006 FIES 1st visit. This pattern of       undertaking next year. The CPBI aims to collect data
interview would minimize memory bias of the                      on the economic activity of the country in 2006. It will
respondents in capturing the seasonability of income             cover about 80,000 sample establishments from the 14
and expenditure patterns, based on the concept of                sectors classified under the 1994 Philippine Standard
"average week" consumption of all items.                         Industrial Classification.
        The 2006 FIES 2nd visit is a nationwide survey                    The CPBI is conducted by the NSO every five
of households, which shall be undertaken                         years. The data from the census are used in: (1)
simultaneously with January 2007 Labor Force Survey              establishing benchmark levels for measuring and
(LFS) by the NSO.                                                comparing national, regional and provincial economic
                                                                 growth; (2) providing a frame for planning and
                                                                 designing establishment surveys; (3) formulating and
                                                                 monitoring plans and policies for the attainment of
                                                                 national, regional and provincial goals; (4) constructing
    2007 Uniform Committee convenes                              national and regional accounts of the Philippine
                                                                 economy; and (5) determining and comparing regional
          The 2007 Uniform Committee convened for                economic structures and performances.
 the first time on November 17 at the NSO Training
 Room.                                                                    A slogan-making contest was also launched on
                                                                 December 6 for the activity. The winning slogan,
         PMCD Chief Janice Ybañez was elected                    which will be announced on February 5, will be the
 chairperson along with EIID Chief Rosie Sta.Ana as              official slogan in the publicity campaign of the census.
 vice-chairperson. Committee members comprise of
 seven females and seven males from each of the line                      A rider survey, the 2006 Input-Output Survey
 departments including two from the USE.                         of Philippine Business and Industry (IOSPBI), will also
                                                                 be conducted simultaneously with the CPBI. It will
          The committee shall be responsible for the             cover around 10,000 sample establishments all over the
 selection of uniform materials and style for the                country. Distribution of questionnaires both for CPBI
 female and male employees of the NSO at the                     and IOSPBI will run from June 11 to July 31, while
 central and field offices.                                      collection and field editing will follow afterwards.

              NSO REPORTER                                                         October – December 2006

NSO inks first NGO partnership on                                   CPFI elects new BOT members
                                                                        Six new members of the Board of Trustees
                                                                (BOT) of the Census Provident Fund, Inc. (CPFI) were
      The NSO and the Center for Community
                                                                elected during the Fund’s 5th General Assembly (GA) on
Transformation (CCT), a non-government organization
                                                                December 4 at the Bayview Park Hotel in Manila.
(NGO) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
on the latter’s use of Batch Request System (BREQS)
                                                                        Three members of the Board came from the
last October 19. This partnership, which is the first
                                                                Central Office while the remaining three were from
NSO BREQS venture with an NGO is envisioned to
                                                                Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao groups.
serve as model for similar arrangements and
agreements with other NGOs in the future.
                                                                       Named new members of the BOT from the
                                                                Central Office were Vilma Malumay, OIC, ASD;
      Signatories to the MOA were NSO Administrator
                                                                Benedicta Yabut, OIC, DSSD; and Ruby Gonzales of the
Carmelita Ericta and CCT President Ruth Mamerta
                                                                ITSRD. Ms. Malumay and Ms. Yabut represented those
Callanta. CRD Director Lourdes Hufana and CCT
                                                                with Salary Grade (SG) 18 and above while Ms.
Corporate Administrator Froilan Farado served as
                                                                Gonzales came from the group with below SG 18.
                                                                        On the other hand, regional representatives
      CCT, a Christian group of ministries with
                                                                included RD Matilde Alejandro of Region 2 for Luzon;
113,846 members, caters to and engages in
                                                                PSO Ronaldo Taghap of Siquijor for Visayas; and RD
microfinancing programs, spiritual development,
                                                                Commando Pilimpinas of ARMM for Mindanao.
leadership training, commodities distribution, and
social services through access to government-mandated
                                                                        The six elected members are set to elect from
health and social security insurance of its members. In
                                                                among themselves the first Vice Chairperson and the
the process of implementing its current programs, the
                                                                second Vice Chairperson in the first regular meeting of
ACCESS (Assisting Christ-Centered Communities to
                                                                the Board.
Enjoy Social Services), which aims to provide
community partners access to services of PhilHealth
                                                                        The election was participated in by 108
and the Social Services System, sought the assistance
                                                                members. Of this number, Luzon registered the most
of NSO after the organization found out that half of its
                                                                number with 37 out of 40 expected participants.
members failed to have copies of their birth certificates
                                                                Mindanao placed second with 29 out of the 30 expected
necessary for enrolment in the program.
                                                                delegates, while the Central Office recorded 27 out of 31
                                                                estimated members. All of the 15 participants from the
                                                                Visayas Region were present.
                                                                        During the GA, Deputy Administrator Paula
                                                                Monina Collado, Chairperson of the CPFI Board of
      NSO-Vibal Service Areas transferred                       Trustees, delivered the preliminary statement. This was
              to Central Outlet                                 followed by the declaration of quorum by Atty. Maribeth
                                                                Pilimpinas, the Fund’s Board Secretary.
      Service Areas in NSO-Vibal have been
                                                                         Other things tackled during the GA were the
transferred to the Central Outlet in NSO-East Avenue
                                                                minutes of the 4th General Assembly, Chairman’s annual
last October 16. Specifically, requests of civil registry
                                                                report, Treasurer’s report, and proposed amendments and
documents affected by court decrees/legal instruments
                                                                other business.
(CD/LI), RA 9048, RA 9255, endorsement, piecemeal
or advanced submission previously accepted at NSO-                      Administrator Carmelita Ericta gave an
Vibal are now being accommodated in Area B of the
                                                                inspirational message while Director Valentino
Central Outlet.
                                                                Abuan, outgoing Vice Chairperson of the CFPI
                                                                Board of Trustees, delivered the closing remarks.

 October – December 2006                                                          NSO REPORTER

 NSO participates in launching of 18-Day                                            The PAHRDF
       Campaign to End VAW                                                The Philippines-Australia Human Resource
                                                                 Development Facility (PAHRDF) is a joint development
        An 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against               initiative of the Australian Agency for International
Women (VAW) was launched with a massive advocacy                 Development (AusAID) and the Government of the
and public awareness raising activity last November 24,          Philippines through NEDA. It aims to support the
2006 at the Quezon City Sports Club. The Campaign                Philippine Government‘s efforts of promoting a
covers the period November 25 to December 12, 2006.              sustainable and equitable development through planned
The theme of the Campaign is “IKAW AT AKO, LABAN                 institutional capacity building programs for key
SA KARAHASAN SA KABABAIHAN!”.                                    government and private institutions.
        In support to this campaign, more than 50                        The major recipients of support from the facility
government agencies were represented in the launching.           are the key institutions in the Southern Philippines, in
Deputy Admin. and Gender Committee (GCom)                        response to the relatively high incidence of poverty in the
Chairperson Paula Monina G. Collado led the NSO                  region particularly Mindanao. The facility’s capacity
delegation.                                                      building of institutions is the successful implementation
                                                                 of human resource development (HRD) activities focused
         To stress that VAW is a human rights violation,
this year’s Campaign emphasizes various forms of VAW             on defined organization development agenda for
related cases such as trafficking, rape, sexual harassment       improved service delivery.
and intimate partner abuse to human rights.                              The methodology adopted by the facility is a
         An audio-visual presentation on the VAW                 workplace-training scheme of implementing approved
                                                                 structured HRD activities. The workplace training
situation in the country, anti-VAW songs, TV and radio
                                                                 method involves the systematic learning arrangement and
plugs on VAW, and statements of support on the anti-
                                                                 designs used to achieve planned organizational change
VAW campaign from celebrities and key personalities
were featured.                                                   and learning endeavors are pursued and are deemed
                                                                 successful only to the extent that they have improved the
       During the launching program, the Men Opposed             organization’s capacity.
to VAW Everywhere (MOVE), a group of men advocates,
was introduced. MOVE is envisioned to be the core                         To date, the PAHRDF has officially partnered
                                                                 with 59 targeted public and private sector institutions all
group of gender-sensitive men who are anti-VAW
                                                                 over the Philippines since August 2004.              These
advocates from both the public and private sectors.
                                                                 institutions, including the NSO, were invited to avail of
        The 18-Day Campaign to End VAW was                       the services and to extend support for a joint undertaking
introduced during the Flag Ceremony on November 27.              of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of HRD
Director Estela T. de Guzman and OIC Director Enrique            activities requested by the office for the planning period
L. Navarro led the pinning of small piece of white ribbon        2006-2007.
by female employees to male employees, which signified
their commitment to support MOVE.                                        Prior to the availment of the intervention, the
                                                                 PAHRDF developed four modules in building the team’s
                                                                 necessary capability building for the appointed M&E
        NCR transfers to a new home                              Team members of partner institutions to be able to
                                                                 implement their M&E duties respectively. These are:
         The NCR Regional office, NCR District I, NCR                  Module 1: Establishing the M&E System
District II, CRIMD and SOD has transferred to Philippine               Module 2: Data Gathering and Instrumentation
Bible Society Bldg located at 3961 R. Magsaysay Blvd.,                 Module 3: Data Analysis and Interpretation and
Sta. Mesa, Manila.                                                     Module 4: Report Preparation and Customization

           NSO REPORTER                                                       October – December 2006

                 Editorial Board:
                Carmelita N. Ericta

             Paula Monina G. Collado
               Deputy Administrator

               Valentino C. Abuan
         Information Resources Department

                  Editorial Team:

                    Glen G. Polo

                 Raul M. Ludovice                         The True Meaning of Christmas…
                  Associate Editor
                                                                   Christmas or the “Mass of Christ” is the most
              Vincent Morris Olaivar                      important day in the calendar of the Catholic Church. It is
                 Managing Editor                          celebrated by various traditions like putting up of Christmas
                                                          Trees and Nativity Scene or by hanging Christmas lanterns
                                                          known as ‘parol’. In our country, a mass called ‘misa de gallo’
             Roel Victor T Cruz (IRD)
                                                          is held every dawn starting from the 16th to 24th day of
             Nemesia B. Cuerdo (IRD)
                                                          December.       But have you ever wondered how these
             Marizza B. Grande (CRD)
                                                          celebrations started?
           Sheila Marie V. Moreno (IRD)
            Honeyleen N. Novilla (IRD)                              The celebration of December 25 as holiday came from
             Evelyn F. Ogbinar (GAD)                      the pagan sun worship “Mithraism” also called ‘the Nativity of
              Cristy A. Oliveros (AO)                     the Sun’. Pagan Rome used to celebrate this day as the birth of
                 Ethel C. Sia (IRD)                       the ‘Unconquered Sun’. The Roman Church adopted this day
             Erlinda G. Silang (HSD)                      as the birth of Christ because this is a period of rejoicing and
                                                          festivity. The Christmas lantern was made as the symbol of the
                       Artists:                           star who guided the wise men to Jesus. The singing of
              Gerry I. Labatorio (IRD)                    Christmas carols is the symbol of the singing of the Angels of
               Rodrigo Gupit (IRD)                        God when Christ was born by Mary. The giving of gifts to
                                                          children was also patterned after the wise men gave gifts to
                  The NSO Reporter                        Jesus. But what does the bible say about this occasion?
          is the official quarterly newsletter
    of the National Statistics Office, with address                In fact, there was no mention in the Bible about the
     along R. Magsaysay Boulevard, Sta. Mesa              exact date of the birth of Christ. This is because the date is not
                  Manila, Philippines                     important but instead the child that was born. When Christ was
                                                          born in the flesh, the Angels informed the shepherds of the
                  Also downloadable                       “good news” and they sang in praise to God saying, “Glory to
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                                                          for the celebration. He was born to bring peace and salvation
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                                                          and He is the “Peace”, the “Passover”. Those who let Jesus
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 October – December 2006                                                           NSO REPORTER

                         Reflect on the Past to Keep Us Going in the Future
                              Year-end message of Administrator Carmelita N. Ericta

                   Inevitably, another year is ending.          work on the SR-MICS in selected 19 provinces and five
                   As 2006 draws to a close, let us             cities to provide baseline information for the midterm
                   reflect on our accomplishments               review of Sixth Country Program for Children (CPC-6)
                   and challenges this year, and the            of UNICEF. The survey is moved for next year (instead
                   possibilities for 2007 and beyond.           of November this year) because we want to ensure the
                   This is a moment to reflect on the           quality of the LGUs’ listings of households in the
                   good things we did this year and             sample areas.
the challenges we met along the way.                                     2006 is also a year of capitalizing on technology
      Let me begin by placing on record my                      in making our work more efficient. As I mentioned
appreciation and respect for the professionalism,               earlier, we need to re-think how things can be done best.
cooperation and commitment of everybody in                      We came up with the SMS-based query system for
performing the activities this year. I know that with the       RA9048 petitions where NSO employees can inquire on
re-enactment of the 2005 budget and the pending action          the status of petitions sent to the OCRG for review. This,
on the rationalization plan of NSO, which resulted to           however, has not yet been launched for public use.
the non-filling-up of positions and no hiring policy in         Likewise, we also initiated the use of electronic
government, the adjustments NSO did, while difficult,           annotation on RA9048 - affected documents. Instead of
demonstrated a responsible approach to living up to our         manually typing the annotation, it is now done
commitments. I thank all of you for looking up to the           electronically, thereby minimizing errors and speeding
NSO vision with creativity, for getting things done with        up the process.
passion and for pursuing the common goals and
objectives with your unshakable commitment.                             We also introduced innovations in disseminating
                                                                information in a fast and efficient manner by way of the
       We conducted all our statistical activities with         NSO Info Series sent by email to all field offices. I hope
the quality criterion we have always set. No matter             you have been receiving tidbits of information from the
how we are used to doing the regular surveys like the           Central Office.
quarterly LFS, price surveys, MISSI, quarterly and
annual survey of establishments (Q/ASPBI), FIES,                         We have continued to draw the attention of our
imports and exports, building permits, and others, we           client-base for civil registration services. For this year,
cannot discount the fact that we need to reflect and re-        as of October, we have served over 6.2 million clients
think on how we can improve the things which we are             nationwide. We have contributed significantly to the
used to do almost all year round. We entered into a             government coffers. We learned that we rank number 11
project on re-designing the APIS as a poverty-                  in terms of revenue generation among government
monitoring tool. We likewise completed the web-                 offices, as of September 2006. Besides, for the first half
enabled QSPBI questionnaire in data collection. We              of the year alone, we already earned P207.3 million out
also continued the use of the AEDS (automated export            of P305.434 million targeted for one year or about 68
documentation system) and ACOS (automated cargo                 percent. However, we recognize the fact that most
operating system) in collecting export and import data.         outlets lack manpower. We are constrained by the DBM
It is important to re-think of ways of how we can do            policy on no hiring. Meanwhile we have written DBM
our work more efficiently and with integrity, and not to        requesting for exemption. At the same time, I have
be contented with the status quo nor tolerate acts of           asked GAD to look into the “job order” scheme of
interviewers, which undermine the quality of our data.          putting additional personnel on board.

       We also made sure that we respond to the call of                  We have likewise generated waves in terms of
the times. We included a section on maternal mortality          the barangay civil registration system. Many barangays
in the Family Planning Survey in order to determine the         have embraced the concept and are now in the process of
extent of maternal deaths among women from causes               training agents and implementing the system.
related to pregnancy or childbirth. We also started
                                                                                                     (Continued on page 8)

               NSO REPORTER                                                        October – December 2006

Reflect from the Past…Continued from page 7
        All these plus a lot more have fulfilled NSO’s         with modest amounts as counterpart of the GMA’s PerB.
2006. As Michelangelo said, “the greater danger for                    For next year, we will reaffirm our commitment
most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and            to perform our mandates. In line next year is the
falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and             conduct of the 2006 Census of Philippine Business and
achieving our mark.” I know we achieved more than we           Industry. Also included are activities for the second
aimed for. Let us keep this spirit of commitment               visit of FIES; APIS; SR-MICS; Commodity Outlet
burning in our hearts as we usher in the coming year.          Survey; Input-Output Survey of Philippine Business
         There are things though that we wish were not         and Industry; and other regular statistical undertakings.
there. During the year, we know that fire gutted the                    If we will be provided funds, we will conduct
NCR offices. While we were busy recovering from this           the 2007 Census of Population too, most likely in
fire and planning for business continuity, another fire        September next year. Our collective challenge for
hit the neighboring area of NCR where houses of some           POPCEN is to get the right balance between coming up
of our employees were gutted by fire. Just recently            with quality statistics and enabling targeted
before the Director’s Conference, Reming left                  opportunities; between responding immediately to data
Marinduque and the Bicol provinces in a state of               needs and preparing for the census month given the
calamity. Typhoon Seniang also mainly affected the             limited time; and between professing statistical
provinces in the Visayas like Aklan, Antique, Biliran,         responsibility and performing a mere duty. This
Samar and Leyte.                                               challenge should be translated into positive action.
                                                               While some people, even including a few in the
        Looking back at 2006, despite the not so good          statistical community, may frown, we should be able to
events that happened, we are able to cope and move on.         balance things. I have noted that in the end, we all win
I would like to thank all of you for this.                     if we are able to do it. That is, I am confident that if we
                                                               get the balance right and demonstrate it, then we can
We have some good news for all.
                                                               expect continued support from all our stakeholders.
1. While we have reached the upper limit of funds we
   set for monetization at the beginning of the year, we                Another big project in which the NSO is in the
   decided to raise the limit further to give due              forefront is the Unified Multi-purpose ID System
   consideration to employees in provinces which               (UMID). We will continue the pilot UMID next year,
   experienced Storm Signal No. 4. Because of the              initially covering NEDA, NSO and PhilHealth, and
   limited resources, we have set guidelines for this.         eventually all government agencies. The NSO is the
2. I previously said that we will allocate P300 per            Central Verification and Enrolment Agency for the
   employee for fellowship activities this Christmas           UMID. Should this be fully implemented, we should be
   (including contractual employees). I have increased         ready with the demand for verification requests for birth
   it to P500. However, I appeal that you give part of         certificates and related services.
   it to our fellow co-workers in Bicol whose homes
   were greatly hit by floods and lahar flow from Mt.                   In reviewing our achievements of 2006 and
   Mayon.                                                      reflecting on our future directions, I would like to
3. I have just signed and announced in the recent              acknowledge the outstanding dedication of all the men
   Directors’      Conference       the     Productivity       and women of NSO.            I also look forward to
   Enhancement Program for Outlets (PEPO) for April            accomplishing all things the right way with the support
   to September 2006. The checks are ready for those           of all our stakeholders, respondents, as well as our
   who have informed Flor Candelaria as to whom                clients in the new year. Your exceptional commitment
   these will be issued.                                       will continue to be the most critical element in
4. We already received the GMA bonus (PerB)                    sustaining NSO’s drive through its journey to the future.
   amounting to P6000. The memo circular states that                   Before I end, I would like to extend my
   only regular and casual employees are entitled to           personal best wishes to you and your families during
   this bonus. Service contractors are not entitled.           this Holiday Season. Merry Christmas and a Happy
   However, I signed a memorandum providing SCs                New Year to all!
 October – December 2006                                                         NSO REPORTER

                                                               total of 28,143 converted. On the other hand, CDLI/RA
  2006 Sub-Regional Multiple Indicator                         9048 converted are only 3,547 and Endorsed marriages
                                                               are 23,558.
       Cluster Survey (SR-MICS)
                                                                       Death records loaded in the CRS database stand
         The 2006 Sub-Regional Multiple Indicator              at 15,488,789 (1945-2006). 2006 Death records totalled
Cluster Survey (SR-MICS) will be conducted for 17              28,741 while foetal death at 8,840.
days from February 12 to March 2, 2007 including
Saturdays. This is a joint undertaking of the National
Statistics Office (NSO), National Economic and                       NSO signs MOA with BIMP-FC
Development Authority (NEDA), and the United
Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). This is a sub-
                                                                       The National Statistics Office (NSO) entered
regional sample survey designed to gather information
                                                               into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Brunei
on health of Filipino children below five years old and
                                                               Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines Facilitation
education of those six years old and over. It also aims
                                                               Center (BIMP-FC). The signing of the MOA was held
to gather pertinent data on health practices of Filipino
                                                               on December 12 at Emerald Garden in Ermita, Manila.
women during and after pregnancy, the extent of birth
registration of Filipino children, women's knowledge of                 As agreed upon by both parties, the NSO, as the
children rights and children discipline, HIV/AIDS              primary data generating agency of the Philippine
awareness, and incidence of hunger.                            government, shall be responsible in providing and
                                                               updating the required data to BIMP-FC on BIMP-East
        The 2006 SR-MICS will be administered to               ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA) Database in electronic
mother/primary caretakers of children in about 45,600          form such as the following: Annual Foreign Trade
households, and 54,720 eligible women aged 15 to 49.           Statistics, Annual Domestic Trade Statistics and
The 19 provinces and five 5 key cities identified as           Monthly/Annual Consumer Price Index starting 1995
areas for the Sixth Country Programme for Children             onwards. On the other hand, the BIMP-FC, as the
(CPD-6) will be covered in the 2006 SR-MICS                    central coordinating unit of BIMP-EAGA, shall assume
enumeration.                                                   responsibility for hosting and maintaining the BIMP-
                                                               EAGA Database and coordinate with designated Focal
                                                               Points in the BIMP-EAGA member countries.
 Conversion of Civil Registry documents                                 Admin. Carmelita N. Ericta represented the
                                                               NSO in the MOA signing while BIMP-FC was
         Conversion is the process of transforming civil       represented by its Coordinator, Ms. Susana Chew.
registry records into digital format.                          Present during the signing were Thatha Hla, Financial
                                                               Economist and Lorelie C. De Dios, Trade and
         As of November 17, 2006, document images of           Investment Specialist of the BIMP-EAGA Database
birth records loaded into the CRS database stand at            Project, both under the Governance, Finance and Trade
82,296,404 covering the years 1945-2006. Of the 2006           Division - Southeast Asia Department of Asian
registered documents received by NSO-CRD, 40% are              Development Bank (ADB). Other NSO staff present
already loaded in the database (1,023,390). Reports            were Lourdes V. Homecillo, Ma. Julieta P. Soliven,
showed the total of documents loaded into the CRS              Elena G. Varona, Apolinar F. Oblea, Minerva Eloisa P.
database specifically the following: Foreign Births-           Esquivias and Atty. Maribeth C. Pilimpinas.
mixed years (12,516), Endorsements (241,570) and
Court Decrees/ Legal Instruments and RA
                                                                                                     Admin. Ericta shakes
9048(133,817)                                                                                        the hand of Ms. Susan
                                                                                                     Chew after they signed
                                                                                                     the MOA at Emerald
        Conversion of marriage records reached also                                                  Garden. Standing form
18,692,885 (1945-2006). The 2006 Marriages in the                                                    left     were      Ms.
Philippines totaled 243,080 records converted or about                                               Homecillo, Ms. Lorelie
                                                                                                     de Dios and Mr. Thatha
40% of the received registered documents by CRD.                                                     Hla.
Foreign marriages for periods 2004-2006 recorded a

              NSO REPORTER                                                        October – December 2006

             NSO in the NEWS
Manila Standard Today                                          Malaya
  December 2                                                     December 6
       FAST FACTS – Population by region                              Inflation falls to 4.7% in Nov
  December 3                                                     December 13
       FAST FACTS – Proportion of households by                       NEDA bullish RP can exceed 10% export
       ownership of multimedia                                        growth goal
  December 6
       Inflation hits 29-month low                             Manila Bulletin
                                                                 December 2
The Manila Times                                                      NSO steps up registration
  December 6                                                     December 6
      Consumer Prices rise at slowest since May ‘04                   Inflation rate slows to 4.7% in November
  December 13                                                    December 13
      Philippine Exports defy slowdown fears                          Exports post 15.5% growth in October

Philippine Daily Inquirer
  December 1                                                                 Random Thoughts
        NEDA doubts declining Manufacturing Output                       On my hand are two boxes given me by
        data                                                    God. One box is gold the other is black. I noticed
  December 4                                                    that the black box had a hole in it, while the other
        Is Manufacturing growing or shrinking?                  one had none. As the days passed by, the gold box
  December 6                                                    became heavier. The black box remained the same,
        Inflation at lowest level since ‘04                     light as it was.
  December 13
        Exports surged 15.5% in October to $4.2B                         Wondering, I asked God why the gold box
                                                                grew heavier each day unlike the black one. God
Philippine Star                                                 said, ”My child, the gold box contains the good
  December 6                                                    things that cone along each day. The black box is
        Nov Inflation of 4.7% is lowest since May 2004          meant for the negative things in life. It had a hole in
  December 7                                                    it so that these negative things would flow through.”
        Gov’t Steps up promotion of Natural Planning
        Method                                                         By and large, I believe this is a very timely
  December 11                                                   message, especially that it is Christmas.
        Construction down 4.3% in 2nd quarter
  December 12                                                           Everyday in life, one encounters trials on
        Inflation seen to ease due to lower transport           one hand and on the other, triumphs and victories.
        costs                                                   Triumphs become a lot sweeter when placed
  December 13                                                   alongside the bitter things in life. One learns to
        Exports sustain double-digit growth at 15.5% in         value the absence of one had it been present before.
        October                                                 And as persons who learn from the lessons of life,
                                                                we become better punchers as we roll.
Business World                                                           Each one must recognize the two gift boxes
  December 7                                                    in our life. Our ability to count our blessings and let
       Inflation rate in November                               them grow as well as the balancing act of letting go
   December 13                                                  of things that bring heartaches and pains.
       Export grows stays in double digits
                                                                         This Christmas, everyone is called upon to
                                                                avail of these two gift boxes, free of charge. Merry
 October – December 2006                                                                NSO REPORTER

           C R O S S W O R D
                                                                  1. first name of the NSO Administrator
                                                                  2. abbreviation of vietcong
 1         2    3         4    5    6         7    8
                                                                  3. chemical symbol of indium
           9              10                                      4. painting, mosaic or a sacred object
                                                                  5. Martin De_ _ _ _ga, executed during the invasion of
                     11                       12                      British in Argentina
           13        14                       15
                                                                  6. nilotic Negro people of Sudan and West Ethiopia
                                                                  7. a subdivision of an ecospecies whose members are
                                         16             17            generally fertile in crosses
                                                                  8. to strike repeatedly with a cane or whip
                                                                  11. reflective form of one
 19   20                                 21                       13. capital city of Zimbabwe
                                                                  16. _ _ _ _ _n_ po_nt – military term for a secured area
 22                  23                                           17. kind
 24             25                                 26
                                                                  20. _ _ _a_i_ _s – wicked, iniquitous
                                                                  25. _e_ _lat_on – thing to be revealed
                          27   28   29                            26. Republic Act
                                                                  27. _a_ _t – capital city of Morocco
                                                                  28. chemical symbol of gold
 31                                 32                            29. abbreviation of Birth Reverification
                                                                  30. acronym of Lunar Excursion Module or Lunar
                                                                  (Contributed by Ronnie M. Dysangco of the ITSD
1. do not belong with the armed forces                            Director’s Office)
7. initials of Dir. Estela T. de Guzman
9. abbreviation of chloracetophenone
10. the lower and harder strata of the upper chalk, used
                                                                         Answer to the last issue’s Crossword
    in building
11. an influsion of bark used in tanning leather
                                                                                S   A    M   P   L   I   N   G
12. naturally occurring metallic compound from which
                                                                           A    B   S        A   O       A       D
    the metal can be extracted
14. Maria_o S. Fo_nt_nilla J_ (Reg’l Director of Bicol)                    B    P            L   O           A   I
15. Transaction Analysis                                                   S    T   A    T   I   S   T   I   C   S
16. a sac containing fluid or semifluid morbid matter or                        A   T        N   E       M   E
    parsitic larvae, etc.                                                           K    E           B   A
18. a silver cup or other object won in a sporting contest                      D   U    G           O   N   E
19. having no meaning or sense                                                  A   N    E   C   D   O   T   E
21. _ _nue – the scene or area of an action                                M    D            O   I           L   I
22. prefix meaning having three atoms
                                                                            I       G        D   E       O       M
23. for light-emitting diode
                                                                                V   I    T   A   M   I   N   S
24. _ _t_ref_ect – a delayed effect
27. _ _b_ _ - teacher and scholar of Jewish Civil and
    Religious law
30. _ _ _ _ _ _o_ _ - the richest country in the world
    during the year 2005
31. Deputy Admin. Paula Monina G. Collado
32. First name of the DISD Chief

         NSO REPORTER                                                      October – December 2006
                                           PHOTO GALLERY

                                             Photo Gallery

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1.    ISD-Manufacturing Section Christmas party
2.    ISD-Non Manufacturing Section Christmas party
3.    Ati-atihan dancers, NSO entry for PSA Christmas party
4.    BSSD Christmas party
5.    2006 PSQ Technical Committee
6.    PMCD Christmas party
7.    SSOD Christmas party
8.    CPFI General Assemby
9.    AO Christmas Party
10.   MOA signing with CCT                                                                    10

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