Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Catanduanes spearheads the celebration of 32nd National Statistics Month in the province this October 2021 with the theme “NSM@32: Revving up for Economic and Social Recovery Through Evidence-Based Policies.” It aims promote, enhance and instill awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics to the different sectors of society and to elicit the cooperation and support of the general public in upgrading the quality and standards of statistics in the country. The NSM was first observed in 1990 pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 647 signed by then President Corazon C. Aquino on 20 September 1990, Declaring the month of October every year as the National Statistics Month.
The theme was inspired by the “Recharge PH” Program of the government which rallies all sectors of the economy and all the Filipino people to adopt a “whole of society approach” to unite and contribute towards economic recovery. The theme also accentuates the importance of statistics as bases for policy decisions to address the socio-economic impact of Covid-19. It emphasizes that using relevant statistics as solid evidence will guide and support the nation’s efforts in navigating the pandemic towards socio-economic recovery.
In these uncertain times, the relevance and adequacy of information and statistics is crucial particularly in the close monitoring of Covid-19 active cases, recoveries and deaths and in identifying the group of people qualified for government financial aid. Decisions must be anchored on good official statistics. As the situation eases, relevant and timely statistics play an important role in crafting better policies to steer socio-economic recovery to include creating employment and other economic oppurtunities.
In line with this, PSA Catanduanes PSO have the following activities conducted related to the celebration: display streamer infront of the office premise; display exhibit with updated Statistics on resuts of 2020 Census of Population and Housing-total population, Vital Statistics for 2020 by municipality, Inflation rate on 2020 by month and Agricultural Statistics for 2020; conduct Radio Program at Bikol Peryodiko on 5 October 2021, 9:00 AM; launching of 2021 Countryside in Figures (TBA); data dissemination forum at Catanduanes State University on 6 October 2021; Virtual Statistics Symposium on 27 October 2021; Virtual PSQ Quiz on 22 October 2021; and Mobie Photography contest . Likewise, other agencies are encouraged to display streamer on the conduct of 32nd National Statistics Month.
(SGD.) ANAVI F. CAMACHO
Chief Statistical Specialist