THE statistical data arm of the government is gearing to update list of establishments (ULE) in Baguio City and Benguet province.

Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)-Benguet Provincial Statistical Office Imelda Buyuccan said the 2018 ULE will provide updated and reliable census of Philippine enterprise-based survey.

Two major phases will be conducted for the 2018 Comprehensive ULE.

Inquiry on the basic characteristics to update the statistical business register for the preparation of the sample census frame and phase 2 will be the actual census in 2019 collecting detailed information on employment, income, expense, capital expenditures, assets enterprise links and other data relevant to the establishments operation for the reference year 2018.

The ULE operation will cover 18 sectors -- agriculture, forestry and fishing; mining and quarrying; manufacturing; electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply; water supply, sewerage, waste management, and remediation activities; construction; wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; transportation and storage; accommodation and food service activities; information and communication; financial and insurance activities; real estate activities; professional, scientific, and technical services; administrative and support activities; education; human health and social work activities; arts, entertainment and recreation; and other service activities.

Buyuccan said the data to be collected would also serve as guide for government planning, policy making, and monitoring; basis of marketing plans, opportunities, and prospects; and input to evaluation, market research, and comparative studies.

PSA-Benguet Statistical Specialist Maria Theresa Bagsangi said they have sought the help of barangay officials in the conduct of ULE.

PSA records show that in the 2016 ULE operation, the wholesale and retail services sector dominated the percentage of business establishments in Benguet and Baguio, with 48.10 percent and 44.72 percent, respectively.