Inflation drops to 5.1% in December 2018 — PSA

admin   •   January 4, 2019   •   2710

MANILA, Philippines — Due to the decline in prices of food, drinks and transportation, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the inflation rate in December 2018 dropped to 5.1 percent from 6.0 percent in November 2018.

Nevertheless, it is still higher compared with the 2.9 percent inflation rate of December 2017.

Metro Manila recorded a 4.8 percent inflation rate last December from a 5.6 percent rate reported in November.

Meanwhile, areas outside Metro Manila also registered a slow increase in prices of goods and services having recorded a 5.3 percent inflation rate in December.

Based on PSA’s report, the Cordillera Administrative Region registered the slowest inflation rate while the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has the highest annual rate at 7.5 percent. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

PSA warns public against Facebook pages linked to bogus civil registry transactions

Marje Pelayo   •   June 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is warning the public against individuals offering bogus civil registry document transactions on Facebook.

In an advisory, the agency bars the public from transacting with the following Facebook accounts as owners behind it are using the agency’s name for unauthorized transactions:

1. Temporary PSA Correction By Charmaine
2. PSA Online Assistance Door to Door Delivery
3. NSO Certificate Process
4. PSA Online Delivery
5. 3J RTW Clothing and Document Services

These links appear in several posts of the PSA’s official page.

The agency warns that forging and faking official documents of the agency has corresponding penalties under the law.

PSA is currently working with other agencies to track the people behind the said scheme.

Accounts psaserbilis.com and psahelpline.ph are the only official and authorized partners of PSA in all of its transactions and any information regarding the agency may be accessed through psa.gov.ph.

Various groups divided on relaxing quarantine restrictions in NCR Plus 8

Marje Pelayo   •   June 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Several groups are not in full agreement on the proposed relaxation of quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, Metro Davao, and the provinces of Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Rizal or the NCR Plus 8.

For its part, labor group ALU-TUCP said downgrading quarantine classifications would be favorable as it would resume office and on-site works.

However, the group said the implementation of health and safety protocol must be strictly observed and maintained in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“Nangangamba kami ng baka bumalik na uli tayo doon sa napakaraming mga kababayan natin at nakaparaming bilang ng mga manggagawa ang mahawa sa coronavirus disease,” said ALU-TUCP Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay.

“Nakita natin doon sa mga bus terminal halimbawa sunod-sunod ang mga araw na ang daming mga manggagawa ang nakapila. Naba-violate ang mga safety protocols natin,” he added.

Meanwhile, employers are concerned about how prepared the government is should the COVID-19 cases surge, specifically in terms of mass testing, isolation, and treatment of patients. If that happened, they said hospitals would be overwhelmed anew.

“Kung magluluwag at babalik na naman dito at maghahabol na naman sila, iyon ang problema. Sayang ang pagluluwag at delikado pagka ganun,” argued Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr, president of Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP).

“Pero kami talagang gusto namin tuloy- tuloy ang pagluwag dahil hirap na hirap na ating ekonomiya at ang ating mga kababayan,” he added.

Private hospitals are still struggling with the current number of COVID-19 patients.

The Private Hospitals Association Philippines (PHAPI) said it could agree with the easing of quarantine restrictions provided that the minimum health standards are strictly imposed.

“Halos wala na masyado na talagang critical occupancy, bumabalik na tayo doon sa dati. Medyo tumataas pa rin nang konti doon sa below high risk, “ said Dr. Jose Rene De Grano, PHAPI President.

The Department of Health (DOH), on the other hand, said they have no records at present of any hospital having a high utilization rate of its intensive care unit (ICU).

“Pero sa ngayon nakikita natin iyong ating mga ospital sa Metro manila ay manageable lahat at wala pang risk level na mataas at lahat ay nakapag- decongest na from the last surge that we’ve had,” noted Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire.

Former Special Adviser of the National Task Force against COVID-19 Dr. Tony Leachon, in the meantime, suggested that the government should observe the situation on the ground first before deciding on relaxing restrictions.

He noted that COVID-19 cases in NCR Plus are still high and other regions like Western Visayas, Davao and Zamboanga are also experiencing the spike.

It would be better, he said, to heighten border controls in between cities or regions to curb COVID transmissions.

“Kung luluwag tayo sa Maynila yun na nga lang inaasahan natin tapos babagsak din together with the other Western Visayas and Mindanao areas, ang hirap naman Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao meron kang three epicenters,” Leachon explained.

Experts from the OCTA Research Group also support the extension of a much stricter quarantine restriction in the NCR Plus 8 area.

“In the NCR, the GCQ must continue with stricter monitoring and compliance to minimum public health standards. Given the downward trends, further calibrated easing of restrictions for certain businesses can be considered provided these establishments comply with health and safety protocols of the government,” the group said in a statement.

“Further, the national government needs to accelerate implementation of the NCR plus vaccination plan,” it said. -MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

PSA to release 200K national IDs; opens add’l 212 PhilSys registration centers

Maris Federez   •   June 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has released 200,000 national ID cards to Filipino citizens with another 200,000 cards ready for delivery.

Deputy National Statistician Rosalinda Bautista reported that a total of 35 million Filipinos have completed Step 1 of the registration process either through house-to-house collection or through the PSA’s Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) website.

The PSA also reported that 12 million Filipinos have completed Step 2 or the collection of biometric information.

The physical ID cards with unique PhilSys number will be delivered house to house.

Bautista warned the public against individuals who offer to help in the registration for the national ID for a fee, stressing that the ID is being given to the public for free.

Meanwhile, in an advisory released on Sunday (June 13), the PSA informed the public that PhilSys registration centers in additional 212 cities/municipalities are now open for online appointment booking starting June 12.

From the initial 14 pilot cities/municipalities as of 24 May 2021, there is now a total of 226 cities/municipalities with available online appointment booking for Step 2 Registration, the advisory said.

Registrants in the additional cities and municipalities can now set their appointment schedules for Step 2 online as early as 18 June 2021.

The advisory further said that those who have completed Step 1 Registration through house-to-house demographic data collection need not register online and book the appointment.

The PSA or the respective local government units will provide them with updates for the schedule of their Step 2 Registration.

Latest information on PhilSys is available on its official website www.psa.gov.ph/philsys, Facebook page www.facebook.com/PSAPhilSysOfficial/, or via the PhilSys Registry Office hotline number 1388 and e-mail (info@philsys.gov.ph). —/mbmf

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