Malacañang appoints professor as new national statistician

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Posted at May 28 2019 06:00 PM | Updated as of May 28 2019 06:53 PM

National Statistician Dennis Mapa. Photo from UP School of Statistics Facebook page​

MANILA - Malacañang on Tuesday announced the appointment of a professor as the new statistician of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Claire Dennis Mapa will replace Lisa Bersales as national statistician. The latter's term ended last April 22, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said in a statement. The PSA is an attached agency of NEDA. 

Prior to his appointment, Mapa was a statistics professor and dean at the University of the Philippines School of Statistics, NEDA said. 

He has a bachelor's degree in statistics and master's degrees in both statistics and economics, NEDA said. 

As the national statistician, Mapa will lead the implementation and development of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) program and the Civil Registry Law, among others, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said in Tweet.