Organizers of the 15th PSQ gear up for the National Finals

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

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:

Region  Champion   School   Course 
NCR Emmanuel Lance Christopher
     M.Plan VI
Ateneo de Manila University BS Mathematics
CAR Leah Grace B. Nasak University of the Cordilleras BS Information Technology
I Jervy Baklayan Union Christian College
La Union
BS Accountancy
II Neil Bryan U. Aglugub University of St. Louis
BS Accountancy
III Alvin Jay Perdio Bataan Polytechnic State College
BS Accountancy
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
Communications Engineering
XI Jade Ventura University of the Philippines
in Mindanao
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.