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. IbaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â±es||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. PreÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â±a||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.