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PIA-8 underscores importance of statistics thru 'siday' contest

By Neil D. Lopido

Tacloban City (October 10) -- In response to the National Statistical Coordination Board Memorandum Circular No. 002-07 enjoining all government agencies at the national and sub-national level to actively participate and support the 18th National Statistics Month, the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office 8 through its Regional Director Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu, underscores the importance and value of statistics through a siday competition centered on the theme, "Statistics and Actions: A Road to a Better Life through the MDGs."

According to Director Tiu, the contest is open to all siday enthusiasts. Entries must be written in Waray language composed of not less than three stanzas and not more than five stanzas.

A participant may submit more than one entry and win more than once during the duration of the contest. Airing of the siday has already started in partnership with the DYVL Aksyon Radyo thru its Manager Babes Custodio and will end on October 31, 2007.

Director Tiu said that relevance to the theme will cover 50% of the criteria while the other 50% will be based on the creativity of the entry. Daily winners will receive P100.00 and among the entries aired, the selection committee will pick three grand prize winners who will receive P500 each.

Director Tiu further emphasized that PIA still accepts entries on the said contest to focus on the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 which includes eradication extreme poverty and hunger; achieving universal primary education; promoting gender equality and empowering women; reducing child mortality; improving maternal health; combatting HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability; and developing a global partnership for development.

The month of October is celebrated as National Statistics Month pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 647. It aims to promote, enhance and instill nationwide awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics to the different sectors of society. (PIA-8) [top]

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