October is National Statistics Month
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (16 October) -- The important role that statistics play in good governance, peace and sustainable development will be highlighted this year as the nation celebrates the 20th National Statistics Month this October.
The observance of National Statistics Month is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 647 declaring the month of October of every year as the National Statistics Month, issued on September 20, 1990.
The yearly observance of this activity aims to promote, enhance, and instill nationwide awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics to the different sectors of society, and to elicit the cooperation and support of the general public in upgrading the quality and standards of statistics in the country.
In Aklan, several activities had been lined to make this year's celebration impactful and meaningful by the National Statistics Office (NSO) here with the full support of the Provincial Government, national government agencies, GOCCs and local government units.
Since October 1, municipalities and local and national government agencies started hanging streamers in their respective areas and offices to announce the celebration.
The province, however, reserved major activities to be held in the last week of October. These include Data Exhibit of various government agencies at the Provincial Trade Hall to be launched on October 26; radio program guestings, Statistical Forum at the Provincial Trade Hall; Awarding of the Best Booth, and Awarding of Winners of the Vegetable Productivity Contest on October 30, and Statistical Quiz on October 27.
According to the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) here, cash prizes will be given to winners with the best booth (for the data exhibit) and winners in the vegetable productivity contest.
The Vegetable Productivity Contest was initiated by the PPDO, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), Department of Education and the Kalibo Jaycees since last year after Typhoon Frank devastated Aklan to encourage vegetable planting in all public schools in the province.
The Statistical Forum, on the other hand, aims to generate information and create awareness on good governance, peace and sustainable development and for this activity, the provincial government will be inviting the Academe and local government units to share their best practices in the forum.
The Statistical Quiz will be a contest among first year college students of Aklan's private and public colleges here. Venue for this year's quiz, according to Blas Solidum, Provincial Statistics Officer, is the ASU-Cafeteria of Aklan State University Kalibo Campus.
Winners in the quiz will then be pitted against winners of other provinces in Western Visayas.
"Enhancing Security Sector Statistics for Good Governance, Peace and Sustainable Development" is this year's theme of the Statistics Month observance. (PIA) [top]