PSA-ARMM to conduct Data Dissemination Forum for students

December 27, 2017News Article Ref No.: NL-ARMM-17-036
PSA Team (at the right side) headed by Dr. Asaad awards PSA information materials to MSU-Maguindanao Team (at the left side) headed by Dr. Sinsuat.

Philippine Statistics Authority in ARMM (PSA-ARMM) will be conducting a Data Dissemination Forum for the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and private academic institutions in the region in the following months. Regional Director Dr. Abubakar S. Asaad and Provincial Statistics Officer (PSO) Razulden A. Mangelen of PSA-Maguindanao shared this plan to Chancellor Dr. Bai Soraya Q. Sinsuat of Mindanao State University (MSU) – Maguindanao during their courtesy visit to the university last November 16, 2017.

Aside from the production of quality statistics and delivery of civil registration services, PSA is also mandated to disseminate information about these products and services to its stakeholders. Records of PSA have shown that a huge percentage of the data users, specifically in the agency’s libraries and data centers, are coming from the academe. Some of these researchers rely mainly on the statistics supplied by the PSA for their studies. In the case of PSA-ARMM, walk-in student researchers usually seek information on population, labor and employment, and health.

Dr. Sinsuat reported that MSU-Maguindanao specializes in agricultural courses, including fisheries and forestry. Their university statistics have also shown that population in education and social courses have been increasing.

PSA can provide annual, semestral, quarterly and even monthly statistics on the volume and value of production of major agricultural products including cereals and other crops, livestock and fisheries. These are accessible in the website of the agency. Moreover, Dr. Asaad gave a printed copy of PSA-ARMM’s Press Release on the Highlights of the Demographic and Socioeconomic Characteristics of ARMM based on the results of the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015) to Dr. Sinsuat. According to him, POPCEN 2015 and other statistics of PSA can offer various indicators that the stakeholders, especially the students, can use in providing evidence-based descriptions and analyses in different sectors of the region.

Dr. Sinsuat also raised the issue regarding some of their students who do not have Certificate of Live Birth (COLB). They have encountered delays on their transactions due to non-compliance of this document. In relation to this, Dr. Asaad and PSO Mangelen suggested to include orientation on the importance of civil registration during the planned forum.

After their appointment with Dr. Sinsuat, Dr. Asaad and his company also had the chance to visit the Office of the Local Civil Registrar (OLCR) of the Municipality of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao headed by LCR Princess Esnaira Mama-Nur.