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NSO, PSA invite college freshmen to join 15th PSQ

Larena, Siquijor (31 October) -- The National Statistics Office (NSO) and the Philippine Statistical Association (PSA) invite freshman students currently enrolled in colleges and universities all over the country to join this year's battle for the nation's young statistics whizzes.

"We are announcing the conduct of the 2006 PSQ this early to allow more time for schools to scout for statistical talents and to ensure that their bets are prepared for the competition, "said NSO Administrator Carmelita Ericta.

The PSQ is an annual countrywide competition open to Filipino first-time college freshmen currently enrolled in the second semester of the current school year in any recognized tertiary academic institution in the country. It aims to: assess the competency and skills of students in statistics as acquired from the secondary education curriculum; promote, enhance, and instill awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of science, statistics in particular, among the studentry; and, generate public awareness on the important uses of statistics in all development-planning activities and win overall support for all government statistical activities.

This is the 15th year that the competition will be conducted since it was first held on September 25, 1992. The 2006 PSQ regional championships, which are organized by the 15th PSQ Regional Steering Committee through the regional offices of the NSO, will be held simultaneously on November 14. The regional champions will then compete in the PSQ National Finals that will be held in Manila on December 5, 2006.

Round-trip transportation fares shall be given to the regional champions and their respective coaches from outside Metro Manila. All the 17 national finalists and their coaches shall be entitled to free overnight modest accommodation and meal allowances for the national championship. At stake for the national champion and the runners-up are cash, trophy, and other prizes. The coaches of all five national winners will also receive cash prizes and their respective schools will be awarded Certificates of Recognition.

Last year, prior to the National Finals, provincial and regional elimination round was conducted. The provincial champion represented the province at the regional championships which was held at DILG-7 Regional Office in Cebu City .

For all interested students and coaches, they should register with the PSQ Provincial Steering Committee through NSO Siquijor Provincial Office, Siquijor, Siquijor for the provincial elimination round.

For more information about this year's PSQ, please visit the PSQ Provincial Secretariat at NSO Siquijor Provincial Office or contact the office either by phone at 344-2002 and 480-9003 or via e-mail at (PIA) [top]

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