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Thursday, September 25, 2014

PSA to spearhead 25th National Statistics Month celebration

By Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) through the Statistical Community of the Philippines will spearhead the observance of the 25th National Statistics Month come October this year.

This year’s theme is “NSM at 25 Years and Beyond: Solid and Responsive Philippine Statistical System in support of Globalization and Regional Economic Integration.”

Ms. Adelaida Cuarte, provincial statistics officer for the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay, said this year’s statistics month observance has two-fold objectives: to promote, enhance, and instill nationwide awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics to the different sectors of the society, and to elicit the support of the general public in upgrading the quality and standards of statistics in the country.

In line with the month-long celebration, the different government line agencies, local government units (LGUs) and other sectors were encouraged to hang streamers in their respective offices or vicinities, Cuarte said.

The PSA will also hold the 23rd Philippine Statistical Quiz (PSQ) that will be held in this city for Zamboanga del Sur and in Ipil town for Zamboanga Sibugay on Oct. 8 and 9, respectively.

This will be participated in by all freshmen or first year students currently enrolled in public or private colleges and universities.

“The top three winners will compete in the regional quiz in Zamboanga City in November, and the regional winners will also compete in the grand finals in Manila by first week of December this year,” Cuarte disclosed.

Other activities lined-up for the month-long celebration include the Quarterly Labor Force survey (QLF), the Consumers Expectation Survey (CES), Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE) and Occupational on Waste Survey (OSW). These activities were formerly a project of the then Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES).

Doctor Cuarte urged the public especially the respondents or clients of their projects to provide them the correct data and the most accurate information, “because these facts will be utilized by our policy makers, planners both national and local and for the Philippine government in general in making policies, decisions and laws.”

She also appealed to the municipal and barangay officials to support and cooperate in all the projects and programs undertaken by her office for the success of the statistical operations and, most of all, “for the good of our Philippine government.”