Ex-UP statistics dean is new National Statistician
MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III has appointed a new National Statistician and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) head – Lisa Grace S. Bersales, vice-president for planning and finance of the University of the Philippines (UP) System and former dean of the UP Diliman School of Statistics.
Bersales took her oath of office before National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) director general Arsenio Balisacan on Tuesday, April 22, at the NEDA Central Office in Pasig City.
As National Statistician, Bersales will direct and supervise the general administration of the PSA, and prescribe rules and regulations, instructions, schedule and form of business of the PSA in the collection, compilation and dissemination of statistics and other information and in the conduct of any census.
She will also provide the overall direction of the Civil Registry Law’s implementation, technical supervision over the civil registrars, and will act as ex-officio chairperson of the PSA Board Secretariat, among others.
Bersales has been with the UP Diliman faculty for more than 30 years, and was director of graduate studies and dean of the School of Statistics in the late 1990s. She was the UP System vice president for planning and finance since February 10, 2011.
Bersales earned her bachelor's degree in Statistics, cum laude from the UP, as well as her Masters and doctorate degree on the same course.
NEDA said in a statement that the publications and research papers of Bersales focus on applying statistical analysis on issues related to social development, agriculture, and the economy.
She has been involved in several projects with government agencies, such as the former National Statistics Office (NSO) that is now under PSA, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Department of Education (DepEd).
Bersales was also involved in government agency committees such as the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Technical Committee in Mathematics in 2008, and the Committee to Review the Philippine Statistical System in 2007.
Her most recent projects include the Enhancement of the Municipal Talakayan for the DSWD’s KALAHI-CIDDS Monitoring and Evaluation Team, and the Quantitative Assessment of the Project Impact on Beneficiaries from Particularly Vulnerable Backgrounds for the International Labor Organization (ILO).
The PSA was created on September 12, 2013. It consolidates the various statistical offices and bureaus of the different national government agencies under one authority.
It is comprised of the former National Statistics Office (NSO), the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), and the Department of Labor and Employment’s Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES). – Rappler.com