PH Inflation further eases to 0.8% in October

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2019   •   1110

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s headline inflation further eased to 0.8 percent in October, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Tuesday.

The PSA said the latest inflation figure is lower than the 0.9 percent recorded in September, and a sharp slide compared to the 6.7 percent in October 2018.

October’s inflation rate is the slowest in more than three years, bringing the year-to-date inflation to 2.6 percent.

Inflation means the rate of increase in prices of goods and services.

National Statistician Dennis Mapa said the downtrend in the latest inflation was primarily due to the annual drop in the index of the heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as transportation costs.

Slower increases in rates of water, housing, gas, electricity, and other fuels were also noted, as well as in household equipment and routine maintenance, and health and restaurant and miscellaneous goods and services.

Mapa added that rice prices also maintained its year-on-year decline, with a 9.7 percent drop for the six-straight month, while transport expenses also settled lower compared to last year.

Data from the PSA also showed that inflation was higher in Metro Manila where prices of basic commodities increased by 1.3 percent. Prices in regions, meanwhile, moved slower in an average of 0.7 percent.

Malacañang welcomed the slower inflation rate but assured it will continue to monitor the prices of basic commodities especially during the holiday season.

“As inflation continues to drop, the current government will continue to not let its guard down in monitoring the prices of basic commodities, especially now that we are in the ber months, approaching Christmas season,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) also welcomed the latest inflation rate, attributing it to the government’s drive and focus in its anti-inflationary efforts this year.

“We hope to further keep inflation manageable and within the government’s target,” NEDA Officer-in-Charge (OIC) and Undersecretary for Regional Development Adoracion Navarro said in a separate statement.

She, however, warned that the country must be in the lookout for upside risks such as cases of African Swine Fever (ASF), which have been observed so far in Rizal, Pangasinan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Cavite, and Quezon City.

“The livestock industry in the said ASF-stricken areas, which accounts for 21.7 percent of the country’s total hog production last year, remains at high risk. The government and private companies must collaborate to manage, contain, and control the spread of the disease,” Navarro said.

She also urged meat processing plants to enforce more stringent bio-security measures, and expand and place quarantine checkpoints and disinfection facilities in key gateways such as seaports, airports, and expressways.

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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