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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PSA holds briefing on ASPBI, STEP in Dipolog

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - The Philippine Statistics Authority-Zamboanga del Norte (PSA-ZN) recently held an orientation on the 2014 Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) and the 2014 Survey of Tourism Establishments in the Philippines (STEP) at Camila Hotel I in this city with representatives of various establishments in the province in attendance.

Interim Provincial Statistics Officer Ma. Lila Daan said the 2014 ASPBI, which is one of PSA’s designated statistical activities, is the 43rd series of annual surveys undertaken by the said office since the 1956 annual survey of the manufacturers.”

Its objective is to collect information on the levels, structures and trends of economic activities of the formal sector of the economy for reference year 2014 and to gather data on employment, compensation, income, expense, total assets, capital expenditures and inventories and generate indicators from these variables.

The data collected from the ASPBI will serve as the basis of both the government and private sectors for formulating policies and economic development plans.

The survey results will specifically used in measuring and comparing national and regional economic growth, planning and policy formulation, determining performance and distribution of Micro, Small, Medium Establishments (MSMEs), and in market research, industry studies and other economic analysis.

The ASPBI covers only the formal sector of the economy, specifically the establishments engaged in the activities defined in the 2009 Philippine Standard Industrial Classification like agriculture, mining, quarrying electricity, and many others.

On the other hand, the 2014 Survey of Tourism Establishments in the Philippines (STEP), which is now on its second round, will be a rider to the 2014 SPBI.

It aims to collect and generate information on the tourism characteristic establishments in the country as well as the availability of supplies for the tourism industry to meet the goods and services needed by the visitors.

The data will be valuable in providing correct information on the facilities and services, employment by sex and nationality, revenues generated, as well as specific indicators for future expansion and/or renovation plans.

Questionnaires for 2014 STEP together with the 2014 ASPBI will be distributed personally to the sample establishments by the PSA field personnel until May 29, 2015.

Sample establishments can also respond for the 2014 ASPBI and 2014 STEP survey on line using or

Individual responses to the survey will be held with utmost confidentiality, the PSA assured.