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PIA Press Release
2009/10/09

Successful programs, plans need accurate data, says Army brass

Iloilo City (9 October) -- Accuracy in reporting of statistical data was recently emphasized by Major General Vicente Porto, Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army in order to create efficient plans and realistic measures of success.

Porto, who was represented by Brig.Gen. Emmanuel I. Amat, was the keynote speaker during the opening of the 20th National Statistics Month celebration this October in Western Visayas with the theme "Enhancing Security Sector Statistics for Good Governance, Peace and Sustainable Development" which focuses on the security sector.

Porto, along with the theme of the celebration in his message, said that as they, in the security sector implement programs to ensure that the Rule of Law is upheld, they must be able to see its effect on Good Governance and Stability within the region.

"With stability comes sustainable development. And so it follows that as part of the State Security Sector, it is up to us to ensure that our own measures of success are realistic and attainable so that we can be confident in the performance of our mandate", added Porto.

Pursuant to the National Statistical Coordination Board(NSCB) Memorandum Circular No. 01-09 issued by then NSCB Chairman Ralph Recto, the Department of National Defense (DND) has been chosen as the host agency of the opening ceremony of the 20th NSM celebration while the Office of the Civil Defense was designated as the DND focal agency with regard to the regional celebrations.

Director Ro-Ann Bacal of the National Economic Development Authority who is also the Chairman of the Regional Statistical Coordination Committee in Western Visayas officially declared open the month-long celebration in the region during the ceremony held at Camp Martin Delgado, Fort San Pedro.

Also present during the event were OCD 6 Director Ma. Rosario Cabrera, PVAO 6 Head Janette Faderan and CHED 6 Director Rex Casiple.

A Hataw and a motorcade preceded the opening ceremonies. (PIA) [top]

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