The month-long celebration of the 32nd National Statistics Month with the theme “Revving up for Social and Economic Recovery Through Evidence-Based Policies” was officially capped off on 28 October 2021 via video conferencing.
During the closing ceremony, OIC Regional Director Arlene M. Divino underscored that decisions of policy makers must be anchored on official statistics. She also mentioned that relevant and timely statistics play an important role in crafting better policies to steer socioeconomic recovery that will include the creation of employment and other economic opportunities.
Moreover, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) San Fernando Branch Acting Area Director Ronaldo Bermudez seconded that data and statistics play vital role in policy making, assessment and analysis, decision making, and monitoring the effectiveness of policies implemented.
The closing ceremony was highlighted with awarding of winners of the various contests conducted in line with the celebration of NSM in the Region. These included the 2nd On-the-Zoom Essay Writing Contest, 2nd Infographic Making, 2nd Photo Contest which was participated in by the Regional Line Agencies (RLA), Private Sector Representatives (PSR), academes, and PSA provincial offices.
In addition to these, the launching of the first NSM Virtual Quiz Bee made the closing ceremony exciting wherein participants showcased their wit and knowledge on the different services of PSA, general statistics, and general information. The representative of Pampanga Chamber of Commerce (PamCham) emerged as this year’s grand champion.
The observance of NSM was also celebrated in the different provincial offices of PSA in Central Luzon wherein various activities were also held to promote and instill deeper appreciation on the importance of statistics.