SAN FERNANDO CITY, Oct. 20 (PIA) - In celebration of the 30th National Statistics Month (NSM) with the theme: "Data Innovation: Key to a Better Nation" this October, the Philippine Statistics Authority - Regional Statistical Services Office 1 (PSA-RSSO1) led the conduct of various activities in Ilocos Region.
"Our celebration highlights the innovations in statistical processes and data that are used for creation of effective policies," said PSA division chief of the Statistical Policies and Program Division and keynote speaker Lotis Ira during the regional kick-off ceremony held on October 8 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas - La Union Regional Office (BSP-LURO).
30TH NSM REGIONAL OPENING CEREMONY - Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) division chief of the Statistical Policies and Program Division and keynote speaker Lotis Ira delivers her speech during the regional opening ceremony of the 30th National Statistics Month celebration held on October 8, 2019 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas-La Union Regional Office (BSP-LURO) in San Fernando City, La Union. (AHFF/PIA1)
She also mentioned that PSA will remain relevant and responsive to the people by way of improving their conventional surveys and releasing accurate and timely information through various social media platforms for wider awareness.
"Statistical data is the lifeblood of our decisions to provide effective and efficient government services, and our stakeholders' involvement in our programs and activities will help make statistics a reliable tool for a better quality of life," she added.
Part of the activities for the whole month were jingle singing competition, essay writing, poster-slogan making and oratorical contests participated by senior high school and tertiary level students and government employees on October 8 and 18.
Further, a statistical symposium was held at the Regional Science High School in Bangar, La Union attended by more than a hundred students on October 9.
The same shall also be staged at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University-Mid La Union Campus (DMMMSU-MLUC) on October 23.
Various partners of PSA for the observance include the BSP, Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), and Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC).
30th NSM REGIONAL OPENING CEREMONY - More than a hundred representatives from partner government agencies and non-government organizations join the 30th National Statistics Month celebration on October 8, 2019 held at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas-La Union Regional Office (BSP-LURO) in San Fernando City, La Union. (AHFF/PIA1)
Moreover, other partner-government agencies involved are the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The Philippine Statistics Association, Inc. (PSAI), a non-government organization-partner of PSA, also supported the celebration by spearheading a Gender and Development (GAD) Statistical Training slated on October 8-11.
Furthermore, the on-going search for the Best NSM Province Implementer shall be determined by the end of the month in the closing ceremonies scheduled on October 29.
The annual celebration aims to promote, enhance and instill awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics to the different sectors of society pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 647 declaring the month of October of every year as the NSM.
It is also endeavored to elicit support of the general public in upgrading the quality and standards of statistics in the country. (JCR/AMB/AHFF/PIA-1)