PSA-ARMM conducts 2019 2nd Level Operational Training for Cereals

May 2, 2019Press Release Ref No.: PR-ARMM-19-006

The 2nd Level Operational Training on Cereals has been successfully conducted on March 27- 29, 2019 at the RSSO-BARMM Conference Room, Cotabato City. A total of 13 participants composed of OIC-Regional Director Razulden A. Mangelen, SOCD Chief Mahmur H. Sarail, Provincial Focal Persons and RSSO staffs attended this training.

The said training was facilitated by Ms. Marilou A. Gorospe, Statistical Specialists II of RSSO-BARMM and also the Regional Focal Person of the survey and Mr. Abet D. Guro, Statistical Analyst of Lanao del Sur.

Palay and Corn Production Survey (PCPS) is divided into two modules: The Palay Production Survey (PPS) and Corn Production Survey (CPS). PPS is one of the major agricultural surveys conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). This generates estimates on palay production, area, yield and other production-related data while CPS generates estimates on corn production, area, yield, and other production-related data. These serve as inputs for policy making and programs on palay/rice.

The data gathered from both modules include actual harvests for the current period and estimates for the next quarters based on standing crop and planting intentions. Such estimates are subject to changes depending on weather conditions, inputs and outputs, prices and other factors which contribute largely to the deviations of the actual data from the early estimates. A close monitoring of the growing conditions and actual plantings of the crop is deemed necessary. This is done through the Monthly Palay and Corn Situation Reporting System (MPCSRS). The MPCSRS provides a monthly monitoring of the update on standing crop and the planting intentions both within the quarter.

The availability of information on current supply of rice and corn is an essential factor in the formulation of agricultural economic programs and policies on food security. The information is even more relevant due to the frequent occurrence of typhoons and other natural calamities in the country. This prompts the need to monitor stocks situation of the food staples to ensure supply and demand equilibrium, access, and price stability. Thus, the conduct of the stocks surveys for palay and corn (Palay and Corn Stocks Survey).


(Chief Statistical Specialist)