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Requested from PSA by Hannah Luching at 10:25 PM on Sep 01, 2020.
Purpose: Research
Date of Coverage: 09/01/2020 - 09/01/2020
Tracking no: #PSA-648576399576

Hannah 10:25 PM, Sep 01, 2020

I have been provided a PUF file for the Labor Force Survey (LFS) and exporting the DCF file to STATA-ready files is relatively easy. However, extracting the STATA file is difficult because the STATA software has a limit of 32000 variables while my exported dcf file contains 42000 variables. Is there any other option how can I convert my dcf file to Stata-ready files?

FOI Receiving 09:42 PM, Sep 02, 2020

September 2, 2020

Dear Hannah,

Thank you for your request dated Sep 01, 2020 under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch, for Question.

We received your request on Sep 01, 2020 and will respond on or before Sep 22, 2020 10:25:19 PM, in accordance with the Executive Order's implementing rules and regulations.

Should you have any questions regarding your request, kindly contact me using the reply function on the eFOI portal at, for request with ticket number #PSA-648576399576.

Thank you.


FOI Officer

Simonette 09:42 PM, Sep 08, 2020

September 8, 2020

Dear Hannah Luching,


Thank you for your request dated Sep 01, 2020 10:25:19 PM under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch.

Your FOI request is approved. For your specific inquiry, you may adjust the configuration files of the STATA. Or you should not convert or export the data in one file. You may try to disaggregate the data by region first and then export the datasets.

We would love to hear your Feedback so we can improve our services.  Kindly fill out the PSA Customer feedback form from this link:

Thank you.


Mr. Noel G. Perez
(Information Technology Officer III)
Information Technology and Dissemination Service

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