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Philippine Classification of Commodity By Broad Economic Categories

Country / Area: Philippines

Classification category: Product classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)1980 Philippine Classification of Commodity By Broad Economic Categories (PCCBEC)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.No
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?The classification consists of the following levels: Broad Categories and Sub-categories The 1980 PCCBEC has 7 broad categories and 19 sub-categories. The PCCBEC is defined in terms of the 1977 PSCC which has 5,624 items.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Example:
Oats, unmilled
PCCBEC Code: 221
1977 PSCC Code: 045.20-00

Broad category: 2 Industrial Supplies not elsewhere classified
Subcategory 21 Primary

Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes. It is aligned with the United Nations Classification By Broad Economic Categories issued in 1976.
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)Yes
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.Not Applicable
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)At the sub-categories level
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.N/A
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.1. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for the monitoring merchandise imports/exports, external accounts/ balance of payments
2. NSCB in the compilation of national accounts
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)1. National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) – To monitor performance of specific commodity or product groups by end use and their contribution to overall external trade performance.
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?Philippine Standard Commodity Classification (PSCC)
Philippine Central Product Classification (PCPC)
Philippine Classification of Individual Consumption Expenditure According to Purpose (PCOICOP)
They are available and useful for the Statistical Office.
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)The 1980 PCCBEC was approved for adoption by the Statistical Advisory Board (SAB) on 29 January, 1981 through SAB Resolution No. 1, Series of 2001.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Since 1981, it has been used by BSP, NEDA and NSCB in statistical programs mentioned in 4(a) and 4(b).
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Not Applicable. No former classification.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNot applicable
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))Not applicable
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Not applicable
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Not applicable
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.Yes
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Not applicable
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?No
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?No
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)No, publication only.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Not applicable because no previous classification.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNational Statistical Coordination Board, Philippines
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryNational Statistical Coordination Board
Midland Buendia Building, Sen Gil Puyat Avenue
Makati City 1200, Philippines
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNone.

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/28/2012