6 November 2020 – Throughout the month-long celebration of the 31st National Statistics Month, the Department of Information and Communications Technology was given the opportunity by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to showcase the results of its first ever National ICT Household Survey (NICTHS). The DICT NICTHS Core team was invited to present virtually the NICTHS 2019 during the Regional Culminating Activities of the NSM.

Central Visayas had their Closing Ceremony on 20 October wherein Ms. Alexcenah S. Dela Vega from the National Planning and Corporate Management Bureau (NPCMB) presented the NICTHS highlighting the data specific to Regions 7 and 8. It was also attended by Mr. Ariel Florendo, PSA Regional Director for Regional Statistics Service Office (RSSO) 7.

On 28 October, the NICTHS results were presented by Mr. Romualdo Kuan during the Culminating Activity of the PSA National Capital Region (NCR).  Mr. Kuan presented the NICTHS results focusing on the NCR. The NCR presentation was attended by Mr. Paciano Dizon, PSA Regional Director for RSSO, NCR.

Lastly, Ms. Shaira Elize Flores was the resource speaker for the NICTHS Regional Presentation for Eastern Visayas. The Closing Ceremony for Region 8 was held on 30 October which was attended by Ms. Wilma Perante, PSA Regional Director for RSSO 8.

Among the other regional presentations was the PSA Survey on ICT (SICT) which also presented the highlights on each respective region.

The NSM celebration aimed to promote, enhance, and instill nationwide awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics to the different sectors of society and elicit the cooperation and support of the general public in upgrading the quality and standards of statistics in the country.

The celebration was first observed in 1990 pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 647 signed by then President Corazon C. Aquino on September 20, 1990, declaring the month of October of every year as the NSM.

Keywords: 31st National Statistics Month, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), National ICT Household Survey 2019 (NICTHS 2019)