Amid hacking spree, NSO beefs up website

MANILA, Philippine (UPDATED) - A day after the Anti-Cybercrime Law took effect, the National Statistics Office (NSO) launched the redesign of its website,, that incorporates safeguards against hacking.

Various government sites have been hacked amid protests against the Anti-Cybercrime Law, which took effect on October 2.

"We incorporated better search capability and safeguards against hacking," NSO administrator Carmelita N. Ericta said, explaining the changes.

"We changed the website because we received comments that the site was not that user-friendly and that data users wanted more interactive data," she added.

This is the second time that the NSO changed the design of its website, which was launched on May 1, 1997. The first redesign was in 2004, Ericta said. 

The new website now featureas better search capabilities to help researchers, statisticians, experts, media, and other data users in obtaining official government data produced by the NSO.

The 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 is also responsible for carrying out and administering the provisions of the Civil Registry Law as provided for in Act No. 3753 dated February 1931.

It is an attached agency of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda). -