An Assessment of Statistical Manpower in Government
The value of statistical information in sound economic and social planning and policy formulation has long been recognized, as well as the need for a strong and competent statistical manpower in government. However, recent developments towards decentralization and the enactment of the attrition law resulted to the reduction of statistical operations and personnel. Through this study, a survey on the Assessment of Statistical Manpower in Government responds to provide the basis for the formulation of a statistical manpower development program for the Philippine Statistical System (PSS). The study presents a profile of the statistical personnel positions and activities at the national and local levels of the government, and the demand for and supply of statisticians and statistical expertise in the government. Self-administered questionnaires are distributed to national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs) at the municipal and city level. Results showed that while there are around 3,000 statistical positions available in the government offices, the NGAs and LGUs are still requesting for an estimated 1,000 additional statistical personnel.