The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Regional Statistical Services Office XIII (Caraga) hosted the 30th National Statistics Month (NSM) Opening Ceremony on October 9, 2019 at Robinsons Place Butuan South Atrium, J.C. Aquino Avenue, Butuan City. This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme, “Data Innovation: Key to a Better Nation”.
“In the age of data revolution, we and our users do not only depend on administrative reports, surveys and censuses results but had explored the use of citizen-generated data and big data through data gardening and web-scraping to support their data needs”, said Dr. Rosalinda C. Apura in her welcome remarks. She mentioned that this year’s theme is timely as we manage our data ecosystems in the changing data landscape.
The program underscored the importance of the Census of Population and Housing in the Changing Data Landscape. The presentation includes the basic concepts of the census of population and housing; its uses and importance of the census; and the results of the PopCen 2015.
Chief Statistical Specialist Guillermo M. Lipio who was the resource speaker said that census on population and housing aims to provide government planners, policymakers, and administrators with population and housing data on which to base their social and economic development plans, policies, and programs.
“Allocation of resources and revenues is one of the important uses of census data”, he said.
He added that census data is also used for the formulation of policies and plans concerning various segments of the population.
Other highlights of the program were the contests on Best Display of Statistical Practices Using Infographics, and Stats and Ladders.
The activity was participated in by the Regional Statistics Committee (RSC) members together with its line agencies and bureaus, Local Government Units (LGUs), academe, tri-media, PSA RSSO XIII and PSA Agusan del Norte personnel.
NSM was first observed in 1990 pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 647 signed by then President Corazon C. Aquino on September 20, 1990. The month of October of every year was declared as the National Statistics Month.
The annual celebration aims to promote, enhance, and instill awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics in planning and decision-making by both government and private sectors. It is also endeavored to elicit the support of the general public in upgrading the quality and standards of statistics in the country. (Contributed by Presa P. Villarina)