PSA Batangas

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                                                   NSO Batangas

NSO Batangas prepares operational strategies for and implements such in the conduct of censuses and surveys; implements and administers the Laws for Civil Registry; provides technical support to LGU's, NGO's and the general public in the province; and promotes and disseminates newsletters, surveys and other related outputs.

NSO Batangas is headed by Provincial Statistics Officer Ms. Charito C. Armonia and assisted by the statistical and non-statistical personnel complement. It is under the NSO Region IV Calabarzon office at Lipa City who headed by Regional Director Ms. Rosalinda P. Bautista.


The National Statistics Office (NSO) is the major statistical agency responsible in collecting, compiling, classifying, producing, publishing, and disseminating general-purpose statistics as provided for in Commonwealth Act (CA) No. 591.

NSO has also the responsibility of carrying out and administering the provisions of the Civil Registry Law as provided for in Act No. 3753 dated February 1931.

More specifically, the NSO is tasked to:

  1. Prepare for and undertake all censuses on population, agriculture, commerce, and industry (Section 2, C.A. 591; Section 1, Batas Pambansa Blg. 72);
  2. conduct statistical surveys by enumeration, sampling, and other methods (Section 2, Batas Pambansa Blg. 72);
  3. compile and classify other statistical data and information (Section 2, C.A. 591);
  4. conduct social and economic studies and make projections of population, agricultural production, income, and the number of livestock (Section 2, C.A. 591);
  5. publish and disseminate all information related to the aforementioned functions (Section 2, C.A. 591);
  6. assist the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), formerly the Statistical Advisory Board of the National Economic and Development Authority, in the formulation of a continuing comprehensive statistical program for the government (Section 5, Presidential Decree 418);
  7. provide technical assistance and support to projects of other statistical agencies and institutions (Section 5, P.D. 418);
  8. carry out and administer the provisions of Act. No. 3753, entitled "An Act to establish a Civil Register" (Section 2, C.A. 591) and other laws on civil registration; and
  9. issue authorization to solemnizing officers in accordance with the provisions of Article 7 of the Family Code of the Philippines (Executive Order No. 209 effective August 3, 1988).


The National Statistics Office is a recognized world-class
provider of statistical and civil registration products and services


As the primary statistical agency of the government, the National Statistics Office
produces and provides quality statistical and civil registration products and services.

                                                      NSO History

The National Statistics Office (NSO) was first called Bureau of the Census and Statistics (BCS) when Commonwealth Act (C.A.) No. 591 was approved on August 19, 1940.

Executive Order No. 314 transferred to the BCS the powers, functions, duties, personnel, appropriations, property and records of other statistical agencies effective January 1, 1941. Among these were the functions of the Division of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor and of the Section of Vital Statistics of the Bureau of Health, Department of Instruction.

Also transferred to the BCS were positions and employees of the following agencies:

  • Division of Statistics of the Department of Agriculture and Commerce;
  • Statistical Division of the Bureau of Customs;
  • General Civil Registry Division of the National Library;
  • Division of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor; and
  • Section of Vital Statistics of the Bureau of Health.

Presidential Decree No. 418 issued on March 20, 1974 reconstituted the BCS into a new agency known as the National Census and Statistics Office (NCSO) under the administrative supervision of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

In 1987, by virtue of Executive Order No. 121 entitled "Reorganizing and Strengthening the Philippine Statistical System and for Other Purposes," the NCSO was renamed National Statistics Office and was placed under the Office of the President.

Executive Order No. 149 dated December 28, 1993 was issued by the Office of the President entitled "Streamlining of the Office of the President. "By virtue of this order, the NSO was placed again under the administrative supervision of the NEDA for effective policy and program coordination and integration.

                                            Brief History of Batangas

Early Beginnings    Long before     the Spaniards came,  large centers of population already thrived in     Batangas.  Native  settlements  lined   the Pansipit River, a      major waterway.                         Mr. Robert C. Fox, an American archaeologist, revealed that based on archaeological findings particularly in Calatagan peninsula, the province has been trading with the Chinese  since Yuan Dynasty until first phase of Ming Dynasty in the 13th and 15th century. Inhabitants of the province were also trading with Japan and India.  Historians believed that the present Batangueños were descendants of the Bornean datus, Datu Dumangsil and Datu Balensusa who sailed from Borneo to Panay Island as far as Taal Lake.  They organized the first Malay settlement at the mouth of Taal River. They eventually set up their own settlement in the place and founded the town of Taal in 1572.  The towns of Balayan, Lipa, and Batangas were founded later.

In 1570, Martin de Goiti and Juan de Salcedo, two Spanish generals explored the coast of Batangas on their way to Manila and came upon a Malay sttlement at the mouth of Taal River.  In 1572, the town of Taal was founded and its convent and stone church were constructed later.

Batangas was founded in 1581. Originally, it was composed of the present provinces of Batangas, Mindoro, Marinduque, Southeast of Laguna and even far Camarines.  After several devastating eruptions of Taal Volcano, the smallest volcano in the world, the old Taal town site was buried. The capital was eventually transferred to Batangas (now a city) in 1754 where it has remained to date.

The name "Batangas" was derived from the word "batang," which is a term of the natives for the numerous logs found in the Calumpang River, the body of water that runs through the northeastern portion of the town and assumes the shape of a tuning fork.

Batangas was also among the first of the eight Philippine provinces to revolt against Spain and also one of the provinces placed under Martial Law by Spanish Governor General Ramon Blanco on August 30, 1896.

During the Spanish-American War, many outstanding Batangueños made names in our history. Most notable of them are Apolinario Mabini, also known as the sublime paralytic and "Brains of the Revolution"; Marcela Agoncillo who made the present Philippine flag, and General Miguel Malvar who was recognized as the last Filipino general to surrender to the Americans. For this, Batangas also came to be known as the "cradle of heroes and nationalists."

Batangas is the home of sages and the birthplace of the country´s notable nationalists.Historical places have been the legacy of the old eras. Natural resources and picturesque views abound in the area. Numerous fine beaches have been the sought-after -sites. And a few kilometers away from the shore will bring the more adventurous ones to diverse dive sites, from the ones fit for a novice (relatively shallow, constant water current), up to the ones for those who may call themselves experts.

The proximity of Batangas to Manila and the good quality of most of the main provincial roads are advantageous for the existing attractions and facilities of the province. The tourism industry has been regarded as a contributor to the economy of the province.

Batangas first came to be known as Bonbon. It was named after the mystical and fascinating Taal Lake, which was also originally called Bonbon. Some of the earliest settlements in Batangas were established at the vicinity of Taal Lake.

In 1534, Batangas became the first practically organized province in Luzon.Balayan was the capital of the province for 135 years from 1597-1732. In 1732, it was moved to Taal, then the flourishing and most progressive town in the province.

Batangas was also one of the few provinces in the country which can boast of having a distinctive culture of its own. The song and dance repertoire called "kumintang" is of Batangas origin. Because of this, it came to be known as "La Provincia del Cumintang".


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