In line with the revision and rebasing of the National Accounts of the Philippines (NAP) from 2008 to 2018, the Agricultural Accounts Division (AAD) of the Macroeconomic Accounts Service (MAS) through the Regional Statistical Service Office II, Statistical Operations Coordination Division (RSSO II-SOCD) conducted a Regional Consultation Workshop with Stakeholders in Agriculture and Fishery Sector on March 5, 2020 at Villa Blanca Hotel, Tuguegarao City.
In her opening remarks, Regional Director Marilyn T. Estrada greeted all the guests and participants and started her message by quoting the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillion “Through scientific methods we crunched-up numbers and data to make sense of our day to day realties,” RD Estrada said. She highlighted the importance of scientific and statistical methods in coming up with estimates in the formulation of general purpose statistics of planners and policymakers. She also said that the difficulty of coming up with estimates and methodologies because the agency is now facing with some challenges such as undercoverages, biases and data privacy law; where respondents will not answer completely. RD Estrada encouraged the stakeholders present to consult and articulate with the PSA, she also asked the body their support to improve statistical methodologies.
Assistant National Statistician (ANS) Vivian R. Ilarina of the MAS presented an Overview of the Overall Revision and Rebasing of the National Accounts in the Philippines. Before she proceeds, she said that she was delighted with the great number of participants in the event. She also said that the event was a very good opportunity to consult the participants and come-up with the list of unique commodities in the region.
ANS Ilarina explained that the System of National Accounts (SNA) is based on a set of internationally agreed concepts, definitions, classifications and accounting rules. She also explained the need to rebase and shared that rebasing of National Accounts means replacing the old base year used for compiling the constant price estimates to a new/ more recent base year for computing constant price estimates. In principle, a change of base year in the national accounts implies (a) changing the price and quantity base for the individual price and quantity relatives, and (b) updating the weights used in aggregating the individual quantity relatives into sub-indices and to aggregate these sub-indices into more aggregated indices.
After this, Ms. Maria Carol G, Duran, Division Chief of the AAD presented an Overview of the Performance of Philippine Agriculture and Performance of Agriculture in Cagayan Valley.
After all the presentations, the participants proceeded with the workshop proper. The groups were divided into three; CROPS group, LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY Group, and the FISHERIES group. Each group were given two hours to accomplish the given template. They have identified and listed the commodities and species to be highlighted in the Performance of Agriculture Report. The groups also listed the emerging commodities and species in Region II. They have also identified issues and concerns related to agricultural statistics including recommendations to address them.
In her closing remarks, Ms. Maria Carol G. Duran said that she was very impressed by how active the participants were. She thanked the RSSO II family for their successful coordination with other agencies and private sectors. She also extended her gratitude to all the participants who actively participated during the workshop proper. She assured them that the agency will never get tired in updating its systems to provide comprehensive, accurate and timely statistics for decision making in all aspects of life.