16th PSQ regional champions known; Organizers gear up for the national finals

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Seventeen young statistics whizzes emerged as winners in this year's Philippine Statistics Quiz (PSQ) Regional Championships simultaneously held on November 13 in all the regions of the country. The champion in each region shall be the official representative to the PSQ National Finals to be held on December 4 at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management in Quezon City.

In preparation for the event, the National Statistics Office and the Philippine Statistical Association announced that they have already organized various committees that will help ensure the success of the undertaking. They said the National Steering Committee as well as its various working groups composed of NSO officials and employees and representatives from various statistical agencies are now busy preparing for the event.

"We are proud that the PSQ, which is now on its 16th year, continues to carry out its goal of instilling the value of statistics among students, eliciting awareness on its importance in national development planning, and generating support and public cooperation in government statistical activities," NSO Administrator and PSQ Chairperson Carmelita N. Ericta said.

The competition, which started in 1992 and has been endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education since 1994, is open to college freshmen from both public and private colleges and universities. During the contest, the regional champions put to test their statistical prowess as they compete in three rounds of tests on statistical theories and problems.

Competing in this year's National Finals are the following:

NCR Daniel Andrew O. Tan Ateneo de Manila University BS in Applied Mathematics
CAR Cesar E. Higoy, Jr. St. Louis University Baguio City BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering
I Jonas Paul B. Dela Cruz Mariano Marcos State University BS in Accountancy
II Shayne D. Ibañes University of St. Louis Tuguegarao BS in Accountancy
III Kenneth Jhim D. Infante Holy Angels University, Pampanga BS in Accountancy
IV-A Justine Angelo P. Alvarez University of Batangas BS in General Engineering
IV-B Althea D. Dagumampan Palawan State University BS in Accountancy
V Michael P. Preña Bicol University Legaspi City BS in Chemical Engineering
VI Joe Abad S. Lazaro, Jr. University of the Phil. in the Visayas, Iloilo BS in Applied Mathematics
VII Michael Angelo S. Joaquin University of the Phil. in the Visayas, Cebu BS in Mathematics
VIII Genesis G. Cuizon Visayas State University Leyte BS in Statistics
IX Fawsie A. Dagani Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Zamboanga City BS in Accountancy
X Benson E. Dusaran Central Mindanao University, Bukidnon BS in Chemistry
XI Melvin P. Baldonado, Jr. Ateneo de Davao University BS in Electrical Engineering
XII Janaisha Bai M. Tito Mindanao State University - Gen. Santos BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering
CARAGA Robelen Ann G. Callanta Father Saturnino Urios University BS in Nursing
ARMM Hannan A. Dagandar Sultan Kudarat Islamic Academy Foundation College - Maguindanao BS in Elementary Education

Roundtrip fares and allowances shall be given to the regional champions and their respective coaches from outside Metro Manila for the duration of the National Finals in Manila. Modest accommodation shall also be provided to them for free. At stake for the top five placers are modest cash awards, trophies, certificates of recognition, and several gift items from various sponsors and donors.