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NSCB Visayas prepares for 2011-2016 PSDP

Cebu City (19 May) -- The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) of regions 6, 7 and 8 had prepared for the 5-year Philippine Statistical Development Program (2011-2016) through a consultative meeting on April 16 in Iloilo City.

The three Visayas regions went into a workshop with inputs from two World Bank consultants Dr. Alex Korns and Chit Marzan. These resource persons assisted the NSCB in its assessment of the 2005-2010 Philippine Statistical Development Program (PSDP) that served as inputs to improve the 2011-2016 PSDP.

Dr. Alex Korns assisted the participants by asking the questions, "what were the statistics they used and actually needed, and for what these were useful for," while Chit Marzan presented the assessment framework for the PSDP, and distributed the assessment forms for participants to accomplish.

The NSCB resource persons explained that those questions were being asked to guide them and to determine what statistical activities are to be prioritized in their programs.

Korns is a professional statistician and has helped many countries get a fresher view of the need for statistics and Marzan used to work with the Dept of Budget & Management (DBM) and the NSCB.

Another resource person, Karl Kendrick Chua, a young Filipino economist with the World Bank said he wants to involve DBM and NEDA in championing efforts to provide funding support for statistical activities, especially at the sub-national level.

Chua stressed that the power of statistics to rationalize program targeting and resource allocation decisions cannot be overestimated.

He added rapid response is a mark of good governance and the absence of statistics or bad statistics can mask inefficiencies in governance.

In the same consultation meeting, NSCB officials Dir. Candido Astrologo and Dir. Cynthia Regalado briefed the participants on the coverage of the 2005-2010 PSDP and its formulation process. The formulation of the next PSDP is scheduled to start in July 2010.

Towards the end of the consultation meeting, NSCB 6 & 8 division heads presented their initiatives, statistical outputs and activities. These included statistical publications and LGU-based information centers that will facilitate the dissemination of statistical information.

Participants from regions 6, 7 & 8 hammered the point that it is the provincial/local level data that is important and in demand, and that there is a need for quicker national-local linkage mechanisms to resolve statistical development concerns.

Central Visayas local planning coordinators also raised the need for provincial family income and expenditures data; sub-provincial data on poverty and on vulnerable groups; population data in disaster risk areas; and migration data.

Raised during the open forum was the need for the establishment of NSCB regional divisions nationwide and for the timely release of quarterly exports data.

Represented at the consultation meeting were regional offices of the NEDA and NSO, Provincial and City Planning & Development Officers, and NSCB regional divisions of Regions 6 and 8.

RSCC-7 participants included the Cebu Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator (PPDC) Engr Adolfo Quiroga; CPDC of Cebu City, Engr. Paul Villarete; Negros Oriental PPDC, Jocelyn Gongob; and the representative of Bohol PPDC, Trinidad Casenas; RSCC-PSR, Dr. Enriqueta Reston of USC and RSCC Secretary NEDA7 staff Ruth Cruz. (PIA-7/NEDA-7) [top]

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