Top Manufacturer: National Statistics Office

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Top Manufacturer: National Statistics Office

By | Jan. 2013
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Manufacturing is the country’s top earner with total revenues of P3.55 trillion. It is also the top earner in Central Visayas at P401 billion. This is according to the National Statistics Office (NSO) 2010 Annual Survey on Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) and Survey on Information and Communications Technology (SICT). Provincial Statistics Officer Jessamyn Anne Alcazaren said the 2010 survey covered 18 economics sectors. Mining and quarrying sector employs the highest average number of workers in the country. University of San Carlos professor Fernando Fajardo was amused to learn that mining and quarrying sector recorded the highest employment when several Filipinos are against mining because it can destroy the environment. Employees in the electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply, and ICT are the highest paid, Alcazaren said. Fajardo, however, said these sectors are relatively small. The 2010 ASPBI is the 41st in a series of annual surveys of establishments aimed at providing and generating information on levels of economics activities and performance of businesses in the country. The 2010 SICT, on the other hand, is the fourth in series if rider-surveys to the 2010 ASPBI. In the survey frame, 610,000 establishments were classified as informal, while 168,000 are classifies as formal. Alcazaren said that only 89 percent or 150,000 establishments are wherein the ASPBI coverage and comprise the frame of the survey. Provincial Statistics Officer Leopoldo Alfanta said Central Visayas has 140 establishments categorized as Core ICT industries, employing about 34,111 people. Businessman Robert Go, who belongs to the wholesale and retail sector, and chairperson of the Economic Development Committee of the Regional Development Council, questioned why small and medium enterprises were not included in the survey when these accounted for 80 percent of economics activities. Their family-owned Prince Warehouse chains are not included in the ASPBI because...