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RSCC: Better statistics, assessment of economic and environmental impact needed

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (17 October) -- Every October of the year is being observed in the country as National Statistics Month (NSM). This year's NSM celebration is being spearheaded by the Department of National Defense, with a theme "Enhancing Security Sector Statistics for Good Governance, Peace and Sustainable Development."

The NSM theme recognizes the crucial role played by the security sector in ensuring economic stability and long term development in the country, through convergence in the strategies and activities of the security sector and highlighting the importance of generating accurate, reliable and timely statistics in formulating better plans, programs and policies.

In the region, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-CAR), in coordination with the Regional Statistical Coordination Committee (RSSC) and the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) Regional Division, held a kapihan forum, Wednesday, in line with the celebration.

Heading the panelists were Regional Development Council (RDC) acting chair and RSSC chairman Juan Ngalob, OCD-CAR Regional Director Olivia Luces, NSCB Regional Director Benjamin Navarro.

NSCB Regional Head Benjie Navarro explained that this year's NSM celebration focuses on the security sector because with the volume of diversities of the different regions of the country, there is a lack of standardization in terms of security concepts and definitions resulting in disparity of policies and programs.

Luces made a presentation on the damages wrought by Typhoon "Pepeng" in Cordillera and the importance of having Disaster Risk Reduction Plans. She also stressed the need for a better assessment of the economic and environmental impact of this disaster.

"With respect to disaster statistics, There is really is a need to improve on how the data is generated, so as to come out with better statistics, and we should also look not only into the direct impact of the disaster, we should also look into its implications on the economy and environment," Navarro added.

As per his assessment, Navarro said that with the damage brought by "Pepeng" in Cordillera, it would be a big challenge to maintain the 2.5 percent growth rate that the region posted last year, aside from the substantial impact of the said calamity on food security.

In line with this Ngalob stressed the importance of statistics on the development of the region beyond this recent calamity. "With statistical data and information we will make our analysis and decision based on real facts," he said.

In the same forum, Luces lauded the national government's assistance, in terms of relief and support, as she mentioned that the Office of the President gave a P2.6 Million, outright assistance, to grieving families in Cordillera aside from sending 38 Army trucks loaded with relief items and providing helicopters and Air Force airplanes that helped in hauling augmentation of relief supplies to the isolated areas in the region. (PIA) [top]

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