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NSO Siquijor celebrates October as National Statistics Month

by Rizalyn Teodora S. Gaviola, NSO Siquijor

Siquijor (10 October) -- Statistics, both its practical and theoretical aspects take center stage during the month of October as the whole country.

Stressing the importance and value of statistics in the development efforts of the national and local governments, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo V. Puno today urged all local chief executives to conduct activities appropriate to the national observance of October as Statistics Month.

October has been declared National Statistics Month under Presidential Proclamation 647 dated of September 20, 1990.

Puno said the National Statistical Coordination Board will spearhead the celebration that coincides with the 10th National Convention on Statistics and the International Conference on the Millennium Development Goals Statistics on October 1 - 3, 2007.

Theme for this month's celebration is "Statistics and Actions: A Road to a Better Life Through the Millennium Development Goals."

Millennium Development Goals or MDGs are policies envisioned to eradicate poverty, ensure human development and build prosperity for the greatest number of Filipinos.

It has six priority areas of concern, namely: eradication of poverty and hunger, achievement of universal primary education, promotion of gender equality, reduction of child mortality, improvement of women's reproductive health, and combat HIV/AIDs, malaria and other diseases.

The DILG Chief explained that in order to assess our progress and the effectiveness of our programs on poverty eradication in achieving this goal, we need hard data and statistics.

Puno said decisions based on sound statistics will produce the best choices for program implementers of government. "It is for this reason that we must also put more investments in statistics to be able to generate qualitative information."

In the celebration of the month-long activity, Puno enjoined all provincial governors, city and municipal mayors to undertake simple activities like the conduct of symposia, workshops, orientation seminars, exhibits, slide shows and publication of statistical reports, indicators and other relevant information, with emphasis on the theme.

The observance of National Statistics Month each year is aimed to promote, enhance and instill awareness and appreciation on the importance of statistics in the formulation of policies for growth and development as well as elicit the cooperation and support of the general public in upgrading the quality of standards of statistics in the country. (PIA) [top]

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