The national steering committee as well as the various working groups created for the annual conduct of the Philippine Statistics Quiz (PSQ) are now all green and go preparing for the Quiz' National Finals which will be held on 05 December at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
NSO Administrator Carmelita Ericta and Chairperson of this year's undertaking said that "the PSQ is becoming an institution in itself" because it has lasted more than a decade long. The Quiz is now on its 15th year since it was started in 1992. It aims to instill the value of statistics among students and to elicit awareness on its importance in national development planning and thereby generate support and public cooperation in government statistical activities. The Commission on Higher Education began endorsing the annual competition in 1994.
Prior to the national finals, regional championships were simultaneously held on 14 November all over the country spearheaded by the PSQ Regional Steering Committees with the support of local officials, government agencies and private institutions. First-time freshmen representing various colleges and universities, both public and private, and who are Filipino citizens participated in the contest. The Regional Champion in each region shall be the official representative to the PSQ National Finals if he/she meets the cut-off cumulative score set forth in the Contest Mechanics.
The 17 young statistics whizzes that will be competing in three rounds of questions and answers on statistical theories and problems are as follows:
|NCR||Emmanuel Lance Christopher
|Ateneo de Manila University||BS Mathematics|
|CAR||Leah Grace B. Nasak||University of the Cordilleras||BS Information Technology|
|I||Jervy Baklayan||Union Christian College
|II||Neil Bryan U. Aglugub||University of St. Louis
|III||Alvin Jay Perdio||Bataan Polytechnic State College
|IV-A||Raymon M. Manalo||Batangas State University||General Engineering|
|IV-B||Rosemelyn Ricaflanca||Marinduque State College||BS Civil Engineering|
|V||Richard B. Barajas||Bicol University||BS Chemical Engineering|
|VI||Jesreal L. Arcillas||University of the Philippines
in the Visayas
|BS Applied Mathematics|
|VII||Ranyah Dawn R. Dablo||University of San Carlos||BS Accountancy|
|VIII||Ma. Leah M. Briones||Leyte State University||BS Chemistry|
|IX||Alan Ja D. Nono||Western Mindanao State University||BS Nursing|
|X||Carlo C. Minon||Xavier University
Cagayan de Oro
|BS Electronics and
|XI||Jade Ventura||University of the Philippines
|BS Applied Mathematics|
|XII||Yzer Paul L. Pasaporte||Mindanao State University||BS Mechanical Engineering|
|Caraga||Queen Gesa T. Mordeno||Butuan Doctors College||BS Medical Technology|
|ARMM||Mohammad Muariff S. Balang||Mindanao State University - Marawi||BS Accountancy|
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.
This year's contest is foreseen to be eventful as the Quiz marks its one decade-and-a-half run. At stake for the top five placers are cash awards, trophies, certificates of recognition and several gift items from various sponsors and donors.