PH hits target as inflation slows to 3.8% in February 2019

Marje Pelayo   •   March 5, 2019   •   2314

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s inflation rate has slowed down to 3.8 percent in February 2019, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

This is the first time that inflation has fallen within the government’s target of 2 percent to 4 percent.

Consumer-price growth remained at 3.8 percent , slower than 4.4 percent recorded in January and the lowest since March last year.

The slowdown, according to PSA, may be attributed to low prices of food, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, tobacco and transportation.

In Metro Manila, inflation at 3.8 percent was recorded in December from 5.6 percent in November last year.

Meanwhile, slow growth in inflation was also recorded in areas outside Metro Manila as prices of food products and services stood at 3.8 percent in February.

Based on the PSA, areas outside the National Capital Region (NCR) reflected the same trend in inflation. Cordillera Administrative Region recorded the lowest rate at 2.5 percent, while MIMAROPA region registered the highest annual increase with 5.3 percent.

Malacañang, meanwhile, attributed this development on the administration’s macroeconomic policies that helped eased inflation.

“We are pleased to know that the inflation is going down, as the economic managers said so few weeks ago. It will go down as expected given the fact that they have placed certain measures that will put it down,” noted Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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.

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

Over 4 million Filipinos jobless in April – PSA

Robie de Guzman   •   June 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The number of jobless Filipinos in the country hit 8.7 percent in April, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Tuesday.

This translates to 4.14 million unemployed Filipinos for the month, the PSA said, adding that this is about the same level as the rate reported in the previous quarter or the data from January and February 2021.

Data from the PSA showed that unemployment rate in January was at 8.7 percent and 8.8 percent in February 2021.

It, however, noted that the latest unemployment rate is substantially lower than the record-high 17.6 percent in April last year but higher compared to the 7.1 percent posted in March 2021.

The agency also reported that the labor force participation rate (LFPR) in April 2021 was placed at 63.2 percent, translating to 47.41 million who are either employed or unemployed.

“This is higher than the LFPR in the same quarter last year at 55.7 percent but lower than the LFPR a month ago at 65.0 percent,” the PSA said in a statement.

“In terms of magnitude, there was a year-on-year increment of 6.35 million persons in the labor force from the 41.06 million in April 2020,” it added.

Underemployment rate, on the other hand, was recorded at 17.2 percent in April 2021, higher than the January 2021 estimate of 16.0 percent, the PSA said.

This translates to about 7.45 million underemployed persons in April 2021, up from 6.59 million in January 2021, it added.

The PSA said the imposition of lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic contributed to the unemployment rate in the Philippines.

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