2 October 2020 – This year marks the 31st Celebration of the National Statistics Month (NSM) with the theme: “Bridging Digital Gaps: Making Information Available to All”. This year’s theme is very timely due to the current situation caused by the pandemic, and the new normal has accelerated our digital transformation.
The celebration of 31st NSM kicked off last October 1 with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) hosting the first ever Virtual Opening Ceremony of National Statistics Month. The opening ceremony was conducted via Zoom Web Conference and broadcast nationwide through the DICT and PSA Facebook accounts via live streaming.
This momentous event was graced virtually by PSA Undersecretary Claire Dennis S. Mapa, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Acting Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua and DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II.
The Opening Ceremony was an opportunity to showcase the results of the National ICT Household Survey (NICTHS) 2019 and the way forward for ICT Statistics. DICT OIC-Assistant Secretary and Director for Legal Service Atty. Diana May V. Cabrales discussed the result highlights of the NICTHS 2019 through her presentation entitled “Data-Driven ICT Governance – National ICT Household Survey 2019”.
The PSA also presented results of the 2017 Survey on Information and Communications Technology by PSA Chief Statistical Specialist, Ms. Carole A. Blanco.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) also showed its support through the virtual message of the ITU Deputy Director for Telecommunication Development Bureau, Mr. Stephen Bereax. The ITU acknowledges the close and long standing partnership with the Philippines through the various branches of the Philippine Government including the DICT, National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the PSA.
Moreover, guest reactors from the local government, academe and private sector were invited to provide their insights and key takeaways from the presentations. Among these guests were Quezon City Officer-In-Charge for Information Technology Development, Mr. Paul Rene Padilla; Association of Local Colleges and Universities Region III – Research Council President, Mr. Jean Paolo Lacap; and Nielsen Company Executive Director for Media Ms. Ernestine Amper.
Participants from both Zoom Conference and Facebook live were also able to engage with our Open Forum Guest Panelists: DICT Director for National Planning and Communications Bureau, Ms. Maria Teresa Magno-Garcia; Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) Executive Director, Dr. Josefina V. Almeda and PSRTI Chief for Research Division, Ms. Jessa S. Lopez.
The event concluded with PSA OIC-Deputy National Statistician for Censuses and Technical Coordination Office, Ms. Minerva Eloisa P. Esquivias’ Closing Remarks and playing of the audio visual presentation of the National Statistics Month Jingle.
The NSM is an annual celebration organized by the Philippine Statistical System (PSS) through the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) which aims to promote, enhance and instill 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.
For more information on the 31st National Staistics Month, you may visit https://psa.gov.ph/nsm/announcements/31st
Keywords: National Statistics Month, Digital Transformation, ICT Data, National ICT Household Survey, Survey on Information and Communications Technology