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2002 Philippine Central Product Classification

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)2002 Philippine Central Product Classification (PCPC)
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.http://www.nscb.gov.ph/activestats/pcpc
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 2002 PCPC consists of the following levels: Section, Division, Group, Class, and Sub-class and Items (identified by first six digits, taken together).
The classification has 10 sections, 70 divisions, 302 groups, 1,172 classes, 2,313 subclasses and 5, 458 items. The coding system of PCPC is hierarchical and purely decimal.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Example: PCPC Code 012331 Tomatoes, fresh or chilled

This is classified into the following:
Section 0 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery
Division 01 Products of agriculture, horticulture and market gardening
Group 012 Vegetables, fresh chilled, frozen or simply preserved; roots, tubers and other edible vegetable products, n.e.c., fresh or dried.
Class 0123 Other vegetables, fresh or chilled
Sub-class 01233 Fruit-bearing and other flower-bearing vegetables
Item 012331 Tomatoes, fresh or chilled

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 patterned after the United Nations Central Product Classification (CPC) Version 1.1
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)The structure of the 2002 PCPC is patterned after the UN CPC up to the 5-digit level. An additional level (6-digit level) was added to provide more details and suit local conditions.
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.The 2002 PCPC adopted the UNCPC Ver. 1.0 with some deviations at the 2-digit level. For example Division 13 Uranium and thorium ores are given prominent importance under the UN - CPC, having been provided with 2-digit code in the classification hierarchy. However, in 2002 there was no production or trade on thorium and uranium in the Philippines, hence it is relegated to the lowest level or subsumed in the catch-all category.
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.)The 2002 PCPC is similar to the UN CPC Version 1.1 at the sub-class level ( 5-digit 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.Not applicable
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.The CPC is being used by the NSCB in preparing the supply and use tables, in compiling national accounts statistics and in preparing the satellite accounts on tourism statistics, IT services.
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.)It is being used by the Bureau of Export Trade Promotion (BETP) and Board of Investments under the Department of Trade and Industry ( DTI) as reference document to trace the basic industry of certain export and import commodities being monitored as well as in the development of the Philippine Business Registry.
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)
It is 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 2002 PCPC was officially approved for adoption in the Philippine Statistical System (PSS) through Board Resolution No. 13, Series of 2002.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.The PCPC was used in classifying tourism products for the 2000-2010 Philippine Satellite Accounts on Tourism as well as classifying IT services.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes. There is a plan to come up with a 2013 PCPC linking the 2009 PSIC and the 2012 PSCC.
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 previous central product 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.Not applicable
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)?Yes
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Yes, but the 2002 PCPC is linked to previous classifications, namely, the 1994 PSIC and the 1993 PSCC which is patterned after the SITC Revision 3.
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)Yes, EXCEL, PDF
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes
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, 403 Sen Gil Puyat Avenue,
Makati City 1200, Philippines
http://www.nscb.gov.ph or info@nscb.gov.ph
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNone

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/25/2012