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ARMM National Statistics Month celebration in full blast

RICC Cotabato City (14 October) -- Highlights of the month-long national statistics celebration was tackled in a meeting called by the regional office of the National Statistics Office, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao over the weekend.

One of the first agenda discussed was the official release of the result of the 2007 census of population, Datu Razulden Mangelen, Provincial Director, NSO-Maguindanao, revealed Friday to the Philippine Information Agency.

An end-users data forum was likewise conducted and attended by concerned agencies, including those representatives of the non-government organizations.

Data that will be pooled by the participants will be evaluated for use in the forth-coming 2010 census of population. Data gathering for households will also coincide with the 2010 census of population.

Showcasing of statistical products, forum that will be called by members of the Regional Statistical Coordinating Committee, display of streamers giving prominence to the National Statistics Month (NSM), will also be part of the said celebration.

Mangelen disclosed that at the moment, there are already a good number of streamers being displaced in some government offices as well as private establishments.

In the absence of an accurate data from the NSO, it will be difficult to come up with good policies for planning even if you are with the government or private sector, Mangelen said.

"Data collection is really our mandate that is why our office is doing its best to give exact data to those who need it," he stressed.

This year's theme for the NSM month-long celebration is Demand-Driven Statistics, Key to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development. (MCD-PIA) [top]

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