The Philippine Statistics Authority – Regional Statistical Services Office VIII
(PSA – RSSO 8) will conduct the 2021 Survey on Innovation Activities (SIA) with rider questionnaire on 2022 Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) Private Firm Awareness Survey (PPFAS) on 19 December 2022 until 10 February 2023. The 2021 SIA is a joint collaboration between PSA and the Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS), while the PPFAS is a collaboration with the PCC.

The 2021 SIA aims to examine innovative performance of economic actors across all major sectors of the economy, including the extent of the platform economy. It will provide internationally comparable data on innovation that are systems-oriented and policy-relevant in the Philippine setting. It also aims to gather new information on use of digital platforms by Philippine businesses, recognizing that markets of all kinds are becoming more digitized and digitalized with rapid use of internet. The data collected from the 2021 SIA shall provide innovation data or information which business associations, national and local government authorities, and other stakeholders can use as empirical bases for policy and program recommendations.

The 2022 PPFAS is a nationwide survey of establishments that aims to determine the level of awareness on the Philippine Competition Act (PCA) or R.A.10667, the PCC, and its mandate. The survey aims to guide the PCC in designing strategies to enhance its advocacy, and to educate the public on the relevance of market competition. The results of PPFAS will be used to compare the annual targets set forth in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017 – 2022 and the General Appropriation Act (GAA).

The PSA – RSSO 8 enjoins all sample establishments to support the survey by providing the required information to authorized PSA interviewers who will distribute the addressed questionnaires personally to the sample establishments. A fillable PDF or Excel version of the 2021 SIA questionnaire is also available to those who will opt to respond to the survey through electronic means

The PSA adheres to the principles of transparency, legitimate purpose, and proportionality pursuant to R.A. No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 and R.A. No. 10625 or the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013. All information gathered from the survey will be held strictly confidential and shall not be used as evidence in court for purposes of taxation, regularities, or investigation. Moreover, PSA will release data only in the form of summaries or statistical tables.

The office assures the public that required public health and safety measures to contain COVID-19 will be strictly observed in all phases of field operations. All PSA personnel and hired statistical researchers who will be deployed are vaccinated, healthy and will strictly follow precautionary measures against COVID-19 and wearing of PSA ID. (PR)