NSO Ifugao cites importance of statistics
by Jina Shirley G. Dacmay
LAGAWE, Ifugao (6 October) -- The National Statistics Office (NSO) here, in partnership with the Provincial Government Unit (PGU) and concerned agencies spearheading the eight millennium development goals(MGD) stressed the importance of statistics in the development efforts of the national and local governments.
Esther Dulnuan, NSO Provincial Director said sound statistics provides basis for government program implementers to assess progress and the effectiveness of programs on poverty eradication and come up with actions to address the MDG's priority areas of concerns.
With the theme " Statistics And Actions: A Road to Better Life through the MDGs", she said the observance of National Statistics Month is aimed to promote, enhance and instill awareness and appreciation on the importance of statistics in the formulation of policies for growth and development.
Carmelita Buyuccan, Provincial Planning Development Officer (PPDO) said in the MDG's 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 number one challenge in Ifugao development is poverty".
To address the eight millennium goals, relevant data of the province are on display at the Statistics Office as a one stop shop information center for researchers and for other stakeholders reference.
In the celebration of the month-long activity, the NSO and the PGU and other stakeholders undertake the following activities: Motorcade; Information Drives to the local government units of Alfonso Lista, Asipulo and Lamut; User's Forum Re- Poverty Mapping; MDGs and Community-Based Monitoring System Orientation; and Statistical Display at the NSO. (PIA Ifugao) [top]