National Statistics Office (Philippines)
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The National Statistics Office (NSO; Filipino: Pambansang Tanggapan ng Estadístika) is the Philippine government's major statistical agency responsible in collecting, compiling, classifying, producing, publishing, and disseminating general-purpose statistics as provided for in Commonwealth Act No. 591.
The NSO has also the responsibility of carrying out and administering the provision of the archiving of birth, death and marriage and servicing requests for copies and certifications based on these documents as provided for in Act No. 3753 dated February 1931.
The organization assumed its responsibilities when Commonwealth Act (C.A.) No. 591 was approved on August 19, 1940. It was then known as the Bureau of the Census and Statistics (BCS). It became the National Census and Statistics Office (NCSO) in 1974 until was renamed to be the National Statistics Office.
On September 12, 2013, Republic Act No. 10625 otherwise known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 was signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III. Under the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) published on December 11, 2013, the National Statistics Office, the National Statistical Coordination Board, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics were merged into one entity called Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
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