The country’s total swine inventory as of July 1, 2013, stood at 11.88 million heads. This was 0.62 percent lower than last year’s inventory of 11.96 million heads. Stocks in backyard farms went down by 1.18 percent while that in commercial farms grew by 0.40 percent against the 2012 level. About 64 percent of the total stocks were raised in backyard farms and 36 percent were in commercial farms.
During the first half of 2013, hog production reached 956.25 thousand metric tons liveweight or 2.36 percent higher than last year’s level of 934.19 thousand metric tons liveweight.
Prices at all market levels recorded price increases during the period January to June 2013 compared with prices in the same period in 2012. Average farmgate price per kilogram of live hogs went up by 10.37 percent. Wholesale price per kilogram grew by 16.19 percent. Retail price per kilogram of pork in Metro Manila increased by 4.49 percent.
"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.