RSC-ARMM culminates 28th National Statistics Month

November 8, 2017News Article Ref No.: NL-ARMM-17-031
From left: Melanie Indar, OIC-Assistant Director of RPDO-ARMM and Dr. Abubakar S. Asaad, Regional Director of PSA-ARMM lead the culmination program of the 28th National Statistics Month celebration on October 30, 2017 at RPDO-ARMM Conference Hall, ORG-ARMM Compound, Cotabato City.

Regional Statistics Committee in the ARMM (RSC-ARMM) chaired by the Office of the Executive Secretary to the Regional Governor of ARMM (ORG-ARMM) and vice-chaired by the Philippine Statistics Authority - ARMM (PSA-ARMM) and Regional Planning and Development Office – ARMM (RPDO-ARMM), in partnership with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) – Cotabato Branch, spearheaded the culmination of the month-long celebration of the 28th National Statistics Month (NSM), with the theme “Facts and Figures for the Future: Statistics for Evidence-Based Decisions towards AmBisyon Natin 2040,” on October 30, 2017 at RPDO-ARMM Conference Hall, ORG-ARMM Compound, Cotabato City. About 80 representatives of RSC member-agencies, other line agencies and academic institutions participated in this event.

Melanie Indar, OIC-Assistant Director of RPDO-ARMM, in her welcome remarks, emphasized the importance of statistics in efficient and effective governance. According to her, ARMM, like all the regions in the country, is also gearing towards AmBisyon Natin 2040 – of having a Matatag, Maginhawa and Panatag na buhay. She believes that statistics is one of the primary tools that we can use in determining the most appropriate policies and programs to be implemented and also in monitoring the performance of projects.

She also highlighted the efforts of the line agencies in the establishment of database with timely and reliable information as this will serve as the ARMM government’s basis in formulating policies and programs aimed towards the recently drafted ARMM Regional Development Plan.

“Through this [statistics], we are able to strengthen our determination, build our wall of confidence, and give us hope that sooner or later, we will have the society that we all dream of,” Ms. Indar said.

In his message, Dr. Abubakar S. Asaad, Regional Director of PSA-ARMM hopes that ARMM line agencies shall always be guided by the 2017 NSM’s theme in the delivery of services to the people of ARMM towards AmBisyon Natin 2040.

According to Dr. Asaad, quoting PSA’s words, “The agency is mandated to ensure the sustained production and dissemination of statistics which are necessary for the achievement of the Filipino aspirations.” He hopes that the activities and programs identified under the Philippine Statistical Development Programs (PSDP) shall be implemented across different administrations and shall realize desired results for the Filipinos. Dr. Asaad is also glad to observe an increased appreciation of statistics among the ARMM line agencies, specifically in formulating evidence-based decisions.

The program also served as the awarding ceremony for the winners of Statistical Exhibit among line agencies and Poster/Slogan Making Contest among selected senior high school students in Maguindanao. PSA-ARMM won the first place for Statistical Exhibit, followed by RPDO-ARMM and BFAR-ARMM. Abdullaziz A. Nakan of Sultan Kudarat Islamic Academy and Norhamirudin S. Omar of Mindanao State University – Laboratory High School brought home trophies for being the first placers for the Poster and Slogan Making Contest, respectively. Winners of these contests received trophies, medals and cash prizes, while the non-winning participants also received consolation prizes.

Provincial Statistics Officer of PSA-Maguindanao Hji. Razulden A. Mangelen delivered the closing remarks and thanked the representatives of line agencies for participating in the culmination of the 28th NSM celebration.