ARMM underscores role of statistics in the establishment of baseline database
Cotabato City (01 October 2014) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is pushing to increase the role of its Regional Statistics Coordination Committee (RSCC) in the establishment of reliable baseline database in the region.
The inter-agency committee sets policies on statistical matters and is headed by ARMM’s Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO).
Herlita Caraan, regional head of ARMM’s Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), commended the RPDO for setting a new direction for the RSCC during the kickoff ceremony today of the 25th National Statistics Month (NSM) at the region’s seat in this city.
“We are thankful they continue to steer the RSCC into a functional body in terms of addressing statistical issues and concern in the ARMM,” Caraan said.
She said ARMM’s planning office has encouraged better participation of regional line agencies in its program implementations.
Caraan underscored the importance of reliable and quality statistics, which she said is crucial to socio-economic development and good governance.
The country is observing the 25th NSM this month with the theme “NSM at 25 Years and Beyond: Solid and Responsive Philippine Statistical System in Support of Globalization and Regional Economic Integration”. The observance is aimed at instilling awareness and appreciation of different sectors on statistics and in securing the cooperation and support of the general public in the upgrading of statistics standards in the country.
The PSA, a convergence of the National Statistics Office (NSO), National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Bureau of Labor and Employment (BLE) and the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), was enacted on 29 December 2013 by virtue of Republic Act 10625 otherwise known as the Philippine Statistics Act of 2013. (Bureau of Public Information)