The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) now has its first National Statistician in the person of Ms. Lisa Grace S. Bersales, a doctoral degree holder in statistics from the University of the Philippines.
Appointed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on April 11, 2014, Dr. Bersales took her oath of office on April 22, 2014. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and Director General Arsenio M. Balisacan of National Economic and Development Authority signed her assumption of duty at the NEDA in Pasig City.
National Statistician Bersales graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Statistics at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City in 1978 where she also completed her Master of Science in Statistics in 1981. Prior to her appointment as National Statistician, Dr. Bersales was the Vice President for Planning and Finance of the University of the Philippines since February 2011. She also served as Dean of the UP School of Statistics from 1996 to 1998 and from 2002 to 2008.
In recognition of her outstanding achievement and performance as University Professor, she was awarded the 2013 Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Centennial Professorial Chair Award, UP Diliman Centennial Professorial Chair Award for Academic Year 2011 to 2012, and the BSP Sterling Professorial Chair on Government and Official Statistics for Academic Year 2009 to 2010.
Dr. Bersales is a member of professional societies such as the International Statistical Institute, International Association for Statistics Education, Philippine Statistical Association Inc., and the National Research Council of the Philippines. She is also a Trustee of the University of the Philippines Statistical Center Research Foundation, Inc.
She served as Chairman/Technical Consultant of the Technical Committee and Technical Working Group to Oversee the Seasonal Adjustment for Philippine Time Series and Member of Technical Committee on Poverty Statistics of the former National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB).
Dr. Bersales also served as Consultant of various government projects, which include among others ,the Center for Economic Policy Research Baseline Survey for the World Bank Study on the Impact on Incentives and Information on Quality and Utilization in Primary Care; Enhancement of the Municipal Talakayan for the DSWD KALAHI ‐CIDDS Monitoring and Evaluation Team; Quantitative Assessment of the Project “Impact on Beneficiaries from Particularly Vulnerable Backgrounds” for the International Labor Organization (ILO); Impact Evaluation of the ABK3 LEAP Project in the Philippines for the ILO; and the Construction of a Socioeconomic Classifications for Philippine Households Based on 2009 Family Income and Expenditure Survey with Marketing and Opinion Research Society ‐ National Statistics Office (NSO).
The PSA was created from the merger of the NSO, NSCB, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics of the Department of Agriculture, and the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics of the Department of Labor and Employment pursuant to Republic Act No. 10625 also known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013.
LINA V. CASTRO
Interim Deputy National Statistician
Censuses and Technical Coordination Office