PSA-BARMM employee presents at 2019 PSA Innovation Summit
Norhayyah A. Tula, Senior Statistical Specialsit of PSA-BARMM, presented a paper entitled “Online Statistical Reports Monitorig System (OSReMS)” during the 2019 PSA Innovation Summit of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) last 20 to 21 June 2019 at Heritage Hotel, Pasay City.
Tula’s study was one of the 32 carefully selected titles from PSA employees across the country presented during the summit, and among the 12 titles under the Statistical Processes and Methodologies category.
OSReMS was initiated and submmited by Tula as an Action Learning Project (ALP). It was a major requirement for the completion of the Leadership Management Certification Program (CPRo) of the Civil Service Commission in 2018. The system was developed by Tula and her team as a tool that enhances the present monitoring scheme and improve the performance of the Statistical Operations and Cooridnation Division (SOCD) of PSA-BARMM. The regional office had no established comprehensive monitoring system for all its statistical activities. The conventional way of monitoring the status of its statistical surveys and submitted reports was through manual recording in a speadsheet.
This project was developed using Personal Home Page (PHP) Tools and Structured Query Language (MySQL). OSReMS was first tested last 22 January 2019. Representatives from each of the provincial offices of PSA-BARMM simultaneously sent reports through this portal. Initial results showed that reports from the provinces were successfully uploaded to the system with proper documentation of date and time, as well as assessment based on the pre-assigned due date per report.
According to Tula, OSReMS paves way to an efficient method of monitoring the submission of all statistical reports from Provincial Statistics Offices (PSOs) to Regional Statistical Services Office (RSSO) and Central Office (CO). The report on the documentd status of submission of statistical reports may serve as the basis of PSOs on assessing their performance. The system helps increase productivity and performance of the employees in PSA-BARMM and its provincial offices. Moreover, OSReMS inspires PSA-BARMM to continually evolve and efficiently deliver its organizational matters.
Despite the promising performance of the system, Tula emphasized that OSReMS is still a work in progress. The team ensures that it can cater all of the requirements for the submission of reports. PSA-BARMM also needs to apply for a permanent domain name and web host to keep the system up and running. Moreover, the system is constrained by the poor internet connection in BARMM, especially in the island provinces.
Upon the completion of the system, Tula and her team will provide Manual of Operations and conduct orientation-workshop for the users with regular follow-up trainings to keep them updated of the system’s new developments. The aesthetics of OSReMS should also be further simplified to provide a more user-friendly experience to its users. In response to the poor internet connection in the region, the team will design a lighter version of the system to allow access in the island provinces. When these plans and developments are realized, OSReMS may be declared as the official channel for the submission of statistical reports of PSA-BARMM from PSOs to RSSO and CO.