PSA-ARMM conducts POPCEN 2015 Data Dissemination Forum

November 20, 2017News Article Ref No.: NL-ARMM-17-033
Dr. Abubakar S. Asaad, Regional Director of PSA-ARMM, presents the population growth rate of the ARMM.

PSA-ARMM has successfully conducted the Regional Data Dissemination Forum on the Demographics and Socioeconomic Characteristics of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), based on the results of the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015). The forum was conducted last November 14, 2017 at EM Manor Hotel, Cotabato City.

In his Welcome Remarks, Dr. Medzhor A. Tan, Provincial Statistics Officer of PSA-Sulu acknowledged the more than 100 representatives from ARMM line agencies, local government units (LGUs), academic institutions, and media partners who attended the event. Dr. Abubakar S. Asaad, the Regional Director of PSA-ARMM, made a presentation on the annual growth rate of population, age and sex ratio, median age, average household size, dependency ratio, voting-age population, marital status, highest educational attainment, school attendance rate, simple literacy rate, religious affiliation, occupations and population of overseas workers in the Philippines and ARMM, as of August 1, 2017.

Dr. Asaad clarified that the POPCEN 2015 Data Dissemination Forum conducted last October 2016 was limited only to data on population count, population density and population by legislative districts; while this year’s forum provides more information on the social indicators of the region.

Mr. Naldo G. Pendaliday, Senior Statistical Specialist of PSA-ARMM, enumerated the data items covered by the POPCEN 2015. He also mentioned that the census can also supply statistics on the status of birth registration, cultural affiliation and housing status of households. Dr. Asaad explained that PSA-ARMM and other PSA Field Offices are not yet authorized to release such information. Data users who need these data may send their request to the PSA Central Office.

“Data is power,” Atty. Laisa M. Alamia, Executive Secretary to the Office of the Regional Governor of ARMM, said as she emphasized the importance of statistics in providing quality public services. Atty. Alamia said that having knowledge on statistics gives you the ability to determine whether a figure is desirable or not. The government uses statistics in planning, monitoring and evaluating its programs. She further explained that statistics is not just the planners’ basis in formulating evidence-based policies, statistics is the line agencies’ evidence of their legacy.

“PSA is just here noting down that legacy through statistics,” Atty. Alamia added.

Engr. Baintan A. Ampatuan, Executive Director of the Regional Planning and Development Office in ARMM (RPDO-ARMM), highlighted the statistics on dependency ratio by age group. According to her, this information will help us make evidence-based decisions on prioritization, targeting and allocation. The line agencies will be able to determine which population is the most vulnerable and what programs they need the most.

Moreover, representatives of the Department of Interior and Local Government in ARMM (DILG – ARMM) and the Commission on Population in Region XII (POPCOM – XII), Mr. Mauricio F. Civiles and Mr. Elban V. Iglupas, emphasized their delight on the establishment of the PSA-ARMM Website which was launched also during that day. Mr. Abdulbasit E. Abdulsamad, Statistical Specialist II of PSA-ARMM, is the website administrator. Mr. Civiles committed their support to PSA in the development of this website. On the other hand, Mr. Iglupas is relieved to have a more accessible local website given that their agency is an everyday user of PSA data. He also stated that this website will be their major source of information for their upcoming Population Quiz in ARMM.

Mr. Razulden A. Mangelen, Provincial Statistics Officer of PSA-Maguindanao, officially ended the program by expressing his gratitude for the participants’ appreciation of statistics and the establishment of linkages between the participants’ organization and the PSA.

“PSA’s task is to collect and release data, its utilization depends on you,” Mr. Mangelen said.