14 December 2020 – QUEZON CITY. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) conducted the 5th Regional Statistics Committee (RSC) Summit on
The Summit, which adopted the theme “Evidence-Based Local Development Planning: Revitalizing the Economy Amidst the New Normal,” served as venue for sharing of good practices in monitoring and evaluating statistical programs and activities amidst the current health situation.
Undersecretary Dennis S. Mapa, Ph.D. welcomed the participants and emphasized that every region has a role to play with regard to recovery. He mentioned three important points to consider: 1) crisis also provides opportunities for transformation; 2) innovation in the way we communicate statistics; and 3) need for greater flexibility to be able to come up with best informed decisions and for policymakers to be supplied with up-to-date data. He also emphasized that national recovery is a shared responsibility of all that make up the nation and that we can only emerge victorious if we heal as one nation, committing to ensuring that no one will be left behind.
Undersecretary Rosemarie G. Edillon of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), in her Keynote Address, underscored the role of statistics in revitalizing the economy, particularly in crafting policies, programs or plans. She also discussed the status of COVID-19 transmission across the country and emphasized that “nuanced analysis” is important in addressing its effects on the economy. In the presentation of the Updated Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, Usec. Edillon cited that the long-term vision, while remaining the same, has become more pronounced given the unprecedented impact of the pandemic to development. She emphasized that strategies in the PDP will be redirected to focus on health system improvement, food resiliency and security, learning continuity, digital transformation and regional development.
Officer-In-Charge, Deputy National Statistician (DNS) Minerva Eloisa P. Esquivias of PSA provided the participants with an overview of the 5th RSC Summit as well as the various accomplishments made in the previous RSC summits. Ms. Lotis I. Ira of PSA also discussed the proposed RSC policy agenda for 2021. As champions of statistics in the region, the RSCs were also enjoined to address the following emerging challenges and concerns at the local level: (a) provide strong support to the generation of local indicators needed by the government to monitor and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, (b) support the development of the provincial core indicators from the core regional indicators, and (c) support the full implementation and adoption of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) in 2021.
This was followed by the sharing of regional best practices, statistical innovations/digitization under the new normal and actions taken on the 4th RSC Summit Declaration done by NEDA IV-A Regional Director (RD) Luis G. Banua, PSA-RSSO VIII RD Wilma A. Perante, and NEDA XI RD Ma. Lourdes D. Lim.
The regional presentations were followed by the most awaited Best RSC Awards for 2020 which recognize RSCs that excelled in the performance of their functions from the third quarter of 2019 to the second quarter of 2020.
The top five RSCs were: 1st place – RSC-IVA; 2nd place – RSC-XIII; 3rd place – RSC-VIII; 4th place – RSC-I; and 5th place – RSC-CAR. RSC-IVA, which also won the Best RSC in 2020, successfully retained the top spot after having garnered the highest overall score in 2020 among all the Regions.
In her Closing Remarks, Assistant Secretary Rosalinda P. Bautista thanked everyone who participated actively despite the limitations brought about by the pandemic. She commended the RSCs for taking lead in establishing mechanisms for coordination and cooperation in the regions. She also thanked them for lending support to the successful conduct of the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) and in the preparatory activities for the implementation of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) in line with the 4th RSC Summit Declaration.
The hybrid conduct of the RSC Summit was attended by national and regional participants from PSA Board member agencies, Regional Directors of NEDA who are also RSC Chairs, PSA Regional Directors, representatives from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority, Catanduanes State University, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Health, Department of National Defense, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, NEDA, Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute, Philippine Statistical Association, Inc., Provincial/City Planning and Development Offices, and PSA officials and staff.
For more information on the 5th RSC Summit, please contact the Statistical Policies and Programs Division of the Standards Service with telephone numbers (02) 8376-1928 and (02) 8376-1931, and email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Standards Service, Censuses and Technical Coordination Office