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Chapter 1. National System of Agricultural Statistics

1.2  Structure and Organization of the Major Agricultural Statistical Agencies

The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) is a staff bureau under the Department of Agriculture (DA) and serves as the source of official statistics on agriculture. As a major player in the Philippine Statistical System (PSS), its data systems and procedures are governed by standards and such other rules or norms set in the PSS. The other major players are the National Statistics Office (NSO) which is in charge of conducting the Census of Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF) and other censuses and surveys as well as foreign trade compilation of which agriculture-based data are accessed by BAS and the NSCB.gov.ph" target="_self">National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) which serves as the coordinating and policy making body of the PSS.

In the Philippines, the major and the focal agency for agricultural statistics is the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS). The Bureau is headed by a Director with the following contact details:

Deputy National Statistician Romeo S. Recide
Telephone numbers:  (02) 376-1887
E-mail address: r.recide@psa.gov.ph

Under the present organizational structure, there is one Assistant Director and ten (10) Division Chiefs. There are on-going efforts to rationalize the Philippine Bureaucracy

Under the present organizational structure, there is one Assistant Director and ten (10) Division Chiefs. There are on-going efforts to rationalize the Philippine Bureaucracy and the BAS will have its share of some changes in its structure. For the details of the organizational structure of the PSA, we can refer to this URL http://psa.gov.ph/content/psa-organizational-structure-0.

Below is the presentation of the primary functions of the key operating units of the BAS.

  1. Office of the Director/Assistant Direcotr (OD/OAD)
    The Office of the Director/Assistant Director provides the general direction, control and supervision of the BAS. It formulates, develops and oversees the implementation of plans, programs, operating standards and administrative procedures for the promotion and fulfillment of the Bureau's mission, mandates and functions.

  2. Planning and Management Staff (PMS)
    The Planning and Management Staff assists the management in the preparation of the Bureau's strategic, operational and project plans; prepares annual and other progress reports concerning BAS statistical operations; and maintains liaison between the Bureau, DA Planning Service and other government agencies relative to planning and management activities.

  3. Legal Staff
    The Legal Staff provides advice and support to the management pertaining to legal and administrative actions.

  4. Agricultural Accounts and Statistical Indicators Division (AASID)
    AASID is in–charge of the development and maintenance of statistical frameworks that will enhance the preparation of an integrated system of agricultural and fisheries statistics and the generation of socio-economic statistics in the agriculture and fisheries sector.

  5. Crops Statistics Division (CSD)
    CSD is responsible for the organization, review and analysis of crop production and production-related data as well as the timely release of crop statistics.

  6. Livestock and Poultry Statistics Division (LPSD)
    LPSD is responsible for the organization, review and analysis of livestock and poultry production data as well as the timely release of livestock and poultry statistics.

  7. Fisheries Statistics Division (FSD)
    FSD is responsible for the organization, review and analysis of fisheries production data as well as the timely release of fisheries statistics.

  8. Agricultural Marketing Statistics Analysis Division (AMSAD)
    AMSAD is responsible for the organization, review and analysis of agricultural marketing and market-related data, as well as the timely release of agricultural marketing statistics.

  9. Statistical Methods and Research Division (SMRD)
    SMRD is responsible for research and development and implementation of statistical methods to support the needs of the technical divisions by developing and improving survey designs and instruments, maintaining up-to-date sampling frames, planning and programming all survey operations, and developing and maintaining statistical standards and classification systems.

  10. Statistical Operations Coordination Division (SOCD)
    SOCD is responsible for the promotion of an effective and efficient operationalization and administration of the different statistical activities.

  11. Information and Communications Technology Division (ICTD)
    ICTD is responsible for the planning, implementation and maintenance of IT services to all organic units of BAS and for the packaging, publication and release of statistical reports and other related information on the agriculture and fisheries sectors. It will also assume the tasks of providing data for the DA's National Information Network, once it becomes operational.

  12. Administrative and Finance Division (AFD)
    AFD is responsible for the provision of general administration and financial management services to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of BAS' products and services.

  13. Internal Audit Service (IAS)
    IAS is responsible for the provision of internal audit services aimed at enhancing and strengthening financial and operational control systems within the BAS.

There are 16 Regional Operations Centers (ROCs) and 84 Provincial Operations Centers (POCs) throughout the country. They serve as the agricultural information resource centers at the regions and in the provinces, respectively.

The Regional Operations Centers (ROCs) exercise technical and administrative supervision and coordination of all activities and personnel of the POCs in their respective areas of jurisdiction; extend technical assistance to end-users at the regional level in accessing and analyzing agriculture and fishery information; and assume responsibility for the maintenance of the NIN at the regional level, once it becomes operational.

The Provincial Operations Centers (POCs) implement all statistical activities of the BAS; compile, organize and maintain up-to-date data on agriculture and fisheries sectors for the province; assist local end-users in accessing and analyzing agriculture and fishery information; and maintain the NIN at the provincial level, once it becomes operational.

As of end of September 2012, BAS is composed of Technical and Administrative Staff as follows:

  Central Office Operations Centers
Technical Staff 165 486
Administrative Staff 50 29
Total* 215 515

The Bureau maintains a few casual staff and job order employees to supplement the regular staff and enable itself to deliver its mandated functions.

The BAS has a total of 1087 authorized plantilla positions. In the Rationalization Plan submitted to DA, the number is reduced to 1028.

Following are the information about the budget of the BAS

A) From the regular (government) funds
Expenditure Item 2009 2010 2011
In Ph Pesos In US $ In Ph Pesos In US $ In Ph Pesos In US $
(000) (000) (000) (000) (000) (000)
Personal Services 218,572 5,204 214,595 5,109 225,707 5,374
Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses 31,177 742 34,832 829 72,482 1,726
Capital Outlay 300 7.14 300 7.14 1,000 23.80
ALL ITEMS 250,049 5,953 249,727 5,946 299,189 7,123


B)  From the Commodity Development Programs of the Department of Agriculture
Expenditure Item 2009 2010 2011
In Ph Pesos In US $ In Ph Pesos In US $ In Ph Pesos In US $
(000) (000) (000) (000) (000) (000)
Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses 60,968 1,451 35,300 840 43,200 1,028
Capital Outlay 2,000 47.61 1,000 23.80 5,300 126
ALL ITEMS 62,968 1,499 36,300 864.28 48,500 1,155


C)  From foreign donor agencies
Source 2009 2010 2011
In Ph Pesos In US $ In Ph Pesos In US $ In Ph Pesos In US $
(000) (000) (000) (000) (000) (000)
AFSIS 179 4.26 169 4.02 158 3.76
GOJ - - - - 23,706 564.42
TOTAL 179 4.26 169 4.02 23,864 568.19

Notes:   

  1. DA national programs have their own budget which can be accessed by offices under the DA.
  2. The exchange rate used is PhP42=US$1
  3. AFSIS means ASEAN +3 Food Security Information System
  4. IPDCP  means  Indonesia-Philippines  Data  Collection  Project
  5. GOJ means Government of Japan- from the Project "Enhancing Farmers' Capacity to Access, Analyze and Utilize Statistical Information"