Agriculture grew by 1.81 percent in the first half of 2014. The expansion in the crops subsector boosted the growth of the sector. Output increments were also noted in the livestock and poultry subsectors. The fisheries subsector, however, posted a decline in production. Agriculture grossed P776.5 billion at current prices which was 11.26 percent higher than last year's gross receipts.
The crops subsector expanded by 3.68 percent. It contributed 52.72 percent to the total agricultural production. Notable output gains were noted for palay at 4.78 percent and corn at 4.70 percent. Improved production performances were also recorded for sugarcane, banana, pineapple, mango and tobacco. At current prices, the subsector’s gross value of output amounted to P443.9 billion, up by 18.31 percent from last year's record.
Production in the livestock subsector increased by 0.94 percent. It shared 15.39 percent to the total agricultural output. Hog and dairy recorded higher output increments during the period. Gross earnings of the subsector amounted to P118.9 billion at current prices. This represented a 6.33 percent increase from its year ago performance.
The poultry subsector came up with a 0.73 percent production increment. It accounted for 14.44 percent of the total agricultural output. Gross value of output amounted to P91.7 billion at current prices or 5.91 percent higher than last year's level.
The fisheries subsector contracted by 1.90 percent during the reference period. The subsector contributed 17.45 percent to the total agricultural production. Better production performance was noted for tilapia and skipjack but production of most other commodities declined during the period. At current prices, the subsector grossed P122.0 billion which represented a 1.84 percent decline from last year's earnings.
On the average, prices received by farmers went up by 9.28 percent this year. Prices in the crops subsector increased by an average of 14.11 percent. The livestock and poultry subsectors recorded average price gains of 5.34 percent and 5.15 percent, respectively. Prices in the fisheries subsector inched up by an average of 0.06 percent this year.
"An Act Reorganizing the Philippine Statistical System, Repealing for the Purpose Executive Order Number One Hundred Twenty-One, Entitled "Reorganizing and Strenghtening the Philippine Statistical System and for Other Purposes"
Creates the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) that shall comprise the PSA Board and offices on sectoral statistics, censuses and technical coordination, civil registration and central support and field statistical services. The PSA shall be constituted from among the existing personnel of the major statistical agencies engaged in primary data collection and compilation of secondary data, i.e., the National Statistics Office, the Technical Staff of the National Statistical Coordination Board, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics.
The PSA shall be headed by a National Statistician who shall be appointed by the President. The NS will be supported by three Deputy National Statisticians.
The data produced by the PSA shall be the official and controlling statistics of the government and the PSA will be characterized by Integrity, Independence and Professionalism. It shall serve as the central statistical authority of the Philippine government on primary data collection and administer civil registration functions in the country as provided for in Act No. 3753, otherwise known as the Civil Registry Law.
While processes are underway for the development of the PSA website, currently, the respective websites of the merged agencies are still accessible and regularly updated.