The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) was established on 12 September 2013 pursuant to Republic Act 10625 or otherwise known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 signed by then President Benigno Aquino III. PSA is a merger of four (4) government agencies namely: National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), National Statistics Office (NSO), Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The RA was basically enacted “to rationalize and promote efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of statistical services, maintain an integrated statistical system characterized by independence, objectivity and integrity so as to enhance responsiveness to the requirements of equitable national development, promote the orderly development of a statistical system capable of providing timely, accurate and useful data for the government and the public, and support decentralization through establishment of the statistical infrastructure necessary to service the statistical needs of local development planning”.
The PSA is attached to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for purposes of policy coordination. It shall be comprised of the PSA Board and Offices on sectoral statistics, censuses and technical coordination, civil registration and central support, and field statistical services.