2020 research agenda

The PSRTI is guided by a comprehensive and integrated Research Agenda. The agenda is continuously updated to consider current and emerging needs of the Philippine Statistical System and carry out responsive and relevant research programs. The major thrusts of the current Research Agenda are:

  • Development or improvement of existing statistical concepts and definitions;
  • Development of methodologies and statistical techniques; and
  • Development of relevant indicators to address current and emerging needs of a particular sector, or PSS in general.


The Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute is conducting the following research studies:

  1. Big Data in the Philippines: How do we actually use them?
  2. Estimating Official Poverty Statistics in non-FIES Years
  3. E-commerce and Digital Economy
  4. Web Scraping for Price Statistics in the Philippines
  5. Review of the FIES Questionnaire
  6. Assessment of the Methodology in Determining the Minimum Wage of Domestic Workers
  7. Operationalization of the Proposed Methodology in Measuring Maternal Mortality using Civil Registry and Vital Statistics Data
  8. Simulation Study on the Estimation of Annual Number of Hours Worked for the Computation of Labor Productivity
  9. Team Approach in the Conduct of Household Surveys
  10. Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior of DSWD Beneficiaries on Financial Matters

The Department of Information and Communications Technology commissioned the PSRTI in conducting the 2019 National Information and Communications Technology Household Survey (NICTHS). The NICTHS is the inaugural national household survey on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Philippines that aims to bridge the gap from the lack of necessary ICT data by collecting baseline information on the access and usage of ICT infrastructures, products and services in the country.

The project focuses on the awareness, access, and usage of ICT at the community, household, and individual level. The sample consists of around 42,816 households across 2,940 barangays using the 2013 Master Sample of the Philippine Statistics Authority.

The data from this survey will be used mainly to describe the following:
  1. ICT infrastructure in the Community Level
  2. Household access to different ICT products and services
  3. Usage of the Internet and how it contributes to the digitization of economic activities
  4. Access to E-Government Services

This will serve as valuable information to support evidence-based policies and plans towards the improved implementation of ICT services in the succeeding years. At present, the field operation, which started in July 2019, is on-going and has covered around 50% of the target respondents.

The PSRTI was commissioned by the Philippine Statistics Authority in conducting an audit survey that will evaluate the data quality of the results of the Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) 2018. FIES is a nationwide survey of households undertaken every three years. It is the main source of data on family income and expenditure, which include among others, levels of consumption by item of expenditure as well as sources of income in cash and in kind. The results of FIES are used for policy and planning purposes, thus examination of the quality of survey data is highly important. A sample of 8,913 households was selected and interviewed in the FIES 2018 round for the audit, using a 39-page audit questionnaire which was also developed purposely for the audit during field operations. The audit commenced in June 2018 until February 2019. It was spearheaded by Dr. Dennis S. Mapa and Prof. Michael Dominic Del Mundo of the UP Population Institute (UPPI).