1,200 Participants Joined the 30th NSM Closing Ceremony to Celebrate Data Innovation in Cagayan Valley

Reference Number: 

PR-2019-017

Release Date: 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Body: 

The Philippine Statistics Authority Regional Statistical Services Office II (PSA RSSO II) in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas–Tuguegarao Branch (BSP-Tuguegarao) and the Isabela State University, Echague Campus (ISU-Echague) concluded the month-long celebration of the 30th National Statistics Month (NSM) with grand festivity of academic and arts activities. The culminating activity was conducted at ISU-Echague Amphitheatre, Echague, Isabela last October 30, 2019.

The activity a.k.a. Academe’s week: Promoting Data Innovation through Academic/Arts Competitions, constituted competitions such as on-the-spot infographic making,
spoken word poetry and statman model making contest.

In his welcome remarks, ISU President Ricmar C. Aquino greeted some 1,200 participants,
mostly students from various universities
and colleges including national high schools
in the region, members of the Regional Statistics
Committee 02 (RSC 02), ISU Faculty members 
and PSA-RSSO II officials and employees. President Aquino highlighted the importance of data innovation
through their school’s various researches. He said that Scientific Research and Statistical Analysis is imperative
in generating innovative outputs - outputs that could create impact to the lives of the people.

Meanwhile, Honorable Alfredo V. Alili, Sanggunian Panlalawigan Member from the 6th District of the province of Isabela, also delivered a message
on behalf of the 6th District Representative Faustino “Inno” A. Dy. He said that legislators need data to make informed decisions that will help
their constituents. “Statistics play an invaluable role in guiding our decision-making to ensure that we make the most out of government’s
limited resources. If we need funds to hire new teachers, we need to know how many students are enrolled in a particular area so we can determine
how many teachers we need to hire to achieve the ideal student-teacher ratio”, Alili said.

He also added that all the decisions nowadays need to be data-driven. “Bawal manghula, bawal ang “guesstimate”, without data, we cannot plan properly; and as the cliche goes, if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”
Alili added.

The breakout session for the academic and arts competitions transpired for almost 3 hours
after the opening program. In the same event, PSA RSSO II also initiated the 2ndyear of the “Pulso ng Rehiyon Dos”
which is a regional statistics quiz exhibition game among RSC members and government employees.
The exhibition game was divided into three rounds of easy, medium and difficult questions. Most of the questions were based on the results of a survey polled to 100 respondents. It aims to develop among participants a better awareness of and understanding
about the knowhow of the said 100 respondents regarding the different facts and trivia in the Region.

Before the announcement of winners, the talented singers and dancers of ISU Chorale, ISU Tremulous and ISU Kappiannan Dance Troupe
delighted the audience with their cultural production number. To reciprocate this fine gesture, PSA RSSO II awarded a Certificate of Appreciation
to the ISU family.

For her closing remarks, PSA Regional Director Marilyn T. Estrada thanked all the sponsors and donors
for the whole month celebration of statistics in the Region. She encouraged everyone to continue innovating statistical systems because this will eventually be used by data users, especially planners, policymakers
and program implementers that will contrive sound policies for the development of our country. “Let’s continue
to work hand in hand in promoting awareness of the importance of Statistics in nation building,
again Happy National Statistics Month,” Estrada said.

Meanwhile, in line with the celebration of the 30th NSM, the PSA also conducted a Colloquium on Best Data Gathering and Databasing Practices
of Data Sources / Producers in the region last October 24, 2019 at Casa Angela, Tuguegarao City. The activity was participated
by the different regional line agencies in the region and aimed to know what, how and why data are being collected / databased
by selected data producer agencies in the region. Chief Statistical Specialists Felicidad D. Hebron and Florande S. Polistico
of the Industry Statistics Division and Production Accounts Division of the PSA also graced the occasion with the presentation of the former
on the methodology and sample selection of the Quarterly Survey on Philippine Business and Industry (QSPBI) and the Monthly Integrated Survey
of Selected Industries (MISSI) as input Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) and the latter on the GRDP estimation process.

 

 

MARILYN T. ESTRADA
Regional Director
 
 
//GMB/MINM

 

 

 

LIST OF JUDGES AND WINNERS:

 

ACADEMIC
/ ARTS COMPETITION

JUDGES

WINNERS

PRIZE

Spokenword Poetry

  • Purita S. Licas
    Regional Director, PIA 02
  • Ma. Elena A Madriaga, BSP
  • Jollina V. Pelovello, DOLE2

 

CHAMPION

Mr. Jacob Narag
(CSU-Andrews Campus)

P7,000.00 & Gold medal

2nd

Kimberly Tababa
(CSU-Andrews Campus)

P5,000.00 & Silver medal

3rd

Mr. Mark Nigel Gamalog (ISU-Echague Campus)

P3,000.00 & Bronze medal

Infographics Contest

  • Marilyn T. Estrada, Regional Director, PSA
  • Ernesto De Peralta, NEDA
  • Richard T. Francisco, DAR

CHAMPION

Paul Harvey C. Suarnaba (SMU)

P7,000.00 & Gold medal

2nd

Ronnel T. Navasero (QSU)

P5,000.00 & Silver medal

3rd

Alec Jiro C. Saludes (SPUP)

P3,000.00 & Bronze medal

Statman Model Making Contest

  • Ernesto De Peralta, NEDA
  • Celia Ruma, DOH
  • Marivic Garcia, PSA

CHAMPION

Isabela State University Echague Campus (Group 7)

P7,000.00 & Gold medal

2nd

Cagayan National High School (Group 10)

P5,000.00 & Silver medal

3rd

Cauayan City National High School (Group 3)

P3,000.00 & Bronze medal

Pulso ng Rehiyon Dos Quiz Bee

  • Marilyn T. Estrada, Regional Director, PSA
  • Engr. Girme M. Bayucan, PSA

CHAMPION

TEAM DOLE

P7,000.00 & Gold medal

2nd

TEAM USL

P5,000.00 & Silver medal

3rd

TEAM Malaw (CSU, SMU,ISU)

P3,000.00 & Bronze medal