Asec. Recide attends 2018 CRM Closing Ceremony in Tawi-Tawi
Assistant Secretary (Asec.) Romeo S. Recide, the Deputy National Statistician of PSA’s Sectoral Statistics Office, attended and served as the Keynote Speaker during the simultaneous conduct of the closing ceremony for the 2018 Civil Registration Month, with the theme “#napapanahongCRVS” and the opening ceremony of the 2018 National Women’s Month (NWM), with the theme “We Make Change Work for Women” on March 01, 2018 at PSA-Tawi-Tawi Provincial Office in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. The event was attended by Municipal Civil Registrars (MCRs), and the officials and employees of PSA lead by Chief Statistical Specialist (CSS) Masil H. Mohammadsha of PSA-Tawi-Tawi and Regional Director Dr. Abubakar S. Asaad of PSA-ARMM.
As the host of this event, CSS Mohammadsha welcomed the MCRs and the personnel from the central and regional offices of PSA to Tawi-Tawi. Dr. Asaad emphasized the importance of civil registration and the role of PSA personnel and MCRs in this endeavor. He also highlighted the significant participation of women in the different sectors of the country, specifically in PSA. According to him, “closing the celebration of CRM does not mean that we should also stop exerting effort for civil registration; likewise, opening the celebration of NWM does not mean that we have previously stopped commemorating it.” Dr. Asaad explained that the civil registration and women empowerment should be continuously celebrated throughout the year.
In his keynote speech, Asec. Recide provided a short background of how and why the four agencies, namely National Statistics Office (NSO), National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) and Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) were merged into one agency – the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), under the implementation of Republic Act No. 10625 in 2013. He also explained how the employees of these four agencies were re-organized to have a single structure and how the functions were harmonized in accordance with the mandates of PSA. As the primary statistical institution in the country, Asec. Recide also emphasized that civil registration is a fundamental branch of the agency as it is the major source of vital statistics essential for policy-making and other development programs. He acknowledged the efforts of the MCRs and their strong coordination with PSA in the delivery of efficient civil registration services to the people.
Moreover, Asec. Recide greeted all the women in PSA and in Tawi-Tawi a Happy Women’s Month. He compared the situation of the Filipino women and the women in other countries where he said that as to human rights and economic opportunities, Filipino women are indeed more empowered.
CSS Medzhor A. Tan of PSA-Sulu recognized the attendance of participants and the efforts of PSA-Tawi-Tawi staff for making the event successful. He also thanked the 2nd Marine Brigade, headed by BGen. Custodio J. Parcon Jr., for their continuous support and partnership with PSA.