Bonjour!  Mabuhay!

Growing up in the metro, I have become familiar with the not-so-frequent visits of people interviewing my parents on family members that reside in our home or live elsewhere.  Ang tawag daw sa ginagawa nila ay “census” at ito ay ginagawa para ma-determine ang human population sa Pilipinas.  The home visitations are done every five years.  Sabi ng mga parents ko, mga taga-NSO daw ang mga surveyors.

Later on in my adult life and finding the need for a copy of my Birth Certificate, I was delighted to know that I can conveniently have it processed and delivered to my home.  Government services have really come full circle!  Imagine, hindi na ako pipila ng madaling araw sa isang government agency para lang makakuha ng NSO Birth Certificate!  Mula sa mga nag-iikot na mga representatives ng NSO sa neighborhood namin, meron na silang hotline (02-737-1111) kung saan pwede akong tumawag para mag “order” ng civil registry certificates.  Natanggap ko ang mga NSO documents ko in less than three working days after I placed my orders.  I must say, nag level-up ang experience ko sa pakikipag transact sa isang government agency!

While working on some research late last year, I realized that the NSO has recently adapted a new name: The Philippine Statistics Authority, and are now more popularly known as PSA.  My, how times have changed!

This would not have made so much impact on me had it not been for a friend’s experience when enrolling his daughter in pre-school this year.  Hindi sila agad nakapag enroll dahil ayaw tanggapin ng school ang birth certificate ng bata.  Ang seal daw kasi ng certificate ay PSA, hind NSO.

My friend called his relatives who led him to the right person in PSA and there it was explained to him that the PSA is the new name of the NSO.  And that the PSA-issued birth certificate is as good as one issued by NSO in the past.  Bumalik sila sa school para makapag explain sa admissions; it turned out, halos lahat pala ng parents at teachers sa school ay hindi aware sa pagbabago ng pangalan ng NSO.

Para sa mga hindi pa nakakaalam na nagbago na ng pangalan ang NSO, I am sharing my research below.  I’m glad you dropped by and I hope makatulong ang mga information na ito sa inyo.

Read on!

Brief History

From the time the agency was conceived in 1940, it had undergone two changes in name and administrative supervision.  The latest change to PSA in 2013 would be its third.

The approval of Commonwealth Act number 591 in August 19, 1940 gave birth to the Bureau of Census and Statistics (BCS).

In March 1974, the BCS changed its name to National Census and Statistical Office (NCSO) under the administrative supervision of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).

Fast forward to 1987 with the Philippines under a new administration and by virtue of Executive Order number 121, the NCSO was renamed National Statistics Office (NSO), with respect to the order’s title “Reorganizing and Strengthening the Philippine Statistical System and for Other Purposes”.  It stayed under the Office of the President until December 28, 1993 when it was transferred back to the administrative supervision of NEDA by virtue of Executive Order No. 149.

In September 2013, the President signed into law Republic Act No. 10625 while its Implementing Rules and Regulations took effect on December 2013.  This law merged the National Statistics Office (NSO), National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) and the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), to what we now know as the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

There you have it, fellow citizens.  Ang dating NSO ay PSA na ngayon.  Kaya’t huwag na tayong magulat kung ang mga matatanggap natin na NSO-certified documents ay may seal na ng PSA, instead of the usual NSO seal.  At sakaling ang establishment na pagbibigyan ninyo ng mga civil registry documents na ito ay magtatanong kung bakit iba ang seal sa inyong certificate, you can advise them of this recent change in NSO’s name.

Going back to my “level up” experience in calling the NSOHelpline (02-737-1111); na-surprise ako nung malaman ko na apart from the hotline, meron na din silang online services.  Pwede ka nang mag order ng civil registry documents while on the go!  Bisitahin lang ang www.nsohelpline.com; may option ka na din mag bayad online para ma-process agad ang order mo.

In my next post, I will be talking about the roles and responsibilities of the Philippine Statistics Authority.  Importante din na well-informed tayo sa Mandate ng PSA dahil karamihan sa atin, ang akala natin ay taga release lang ng civil registry documents ang NSO.

Meantime, feel free to share this with everyone.  And post your questions, should you have any.

Thanks for dropping by!