PSA-ARMM conducts Training on the 2017 ASPBI and 2017 SICT
The 2nd Level Training on 2017 Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) / 2017 Survey on Information and Communication Technology (SICT) has been successfully conducted on April 3-5, 2018 at the Conference Room, PSA-ARMM Regional Office, Cotabato City.
The Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) is a continuing activity of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). It is one of the designated statistical activities of the government and as such the survey generates the essential statistics required for the economic planning and analysis. The 2017 ASPBI is the 46th in the series and the latest of the annual surveys. The survey will collect and generate information on the levels, structure, performance and trends of economic activities of the formal sector of the economy for the year 2017. In addition, The 2017 Survey on Information and Communication Technology (SICT) is a rider to this survey for the sixth time. ICT as defined by the Department on Information and Communication Technology (DICT) is the totality of electronic means to collect, store, process and present information to end-users in support of their activities. It consists, among others, of computer systems, office systems and consumer electronics, as well as network information infrastructure, the components of which include the telephone system, the Internet, fax machines and computers. The importance of ICT in the national government has been recognized by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 7925 or the Public Telecommunications Policy Act, RA 8792 or the Electronic Commerce Act of 2000 and RA 10844 creation of Department of Information and Communication Technology. In support to the development of statistics in ICT and e-commerce in government, the survey was conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The 2017 SICT aims to collect and generate information on the availability, distribution and access/utilization of ICT among establishments in the country. The measurement of ICT access and use will enable the assessment and monitoring of the digital divide in the country. Furthermore, the survey will generate core ICT indicators important for measuring the progress in Information and Communication Technology. Establishments engaged in the core ICT industries will be completely enumerated (100%), regardless of employment size. The establishments classified in the non-core ICT industries and with total employment of 20 and over shall be covered on a 20 percent sampling basis for each of the industry domain at the national level. Based on the national timetable, collections of the surveys are from 2 May to 13 July 2018. A total of 30,944 samples for The Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) and 9,548 samples for The Survey on Information and Communication Technology (SICT) were selected for the survey.
Ms. Jenny Joy B. Montarde, Statistical Specialist I of Industry Statistics Division of the PSA Central Office, presented Chapters 1 and 2 and 6 and 8 of the manual of ASPBI on the first and second day of the training, respectively. Also, Ms. Marivic A. Acosta, Senior Statistical Specialist of the Services Statistics Division of the PSA Central Office, presented Chapters 3, 4 and 5, and 7 on the first and second day of the training, respectively. On the last day of the training, chapters 1, 4 and 5 of the manual of SICT were presented by Ms. Montarde. On the other hand, Ms. Acosta presented chapters 2 and 3, respectively.