Recognizing the vital role of the Regional Statistics Committee (RSC) as the policymaking body on statistical matters at the local level, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) conducted the 4th RSC Summit on 14 to 15 November 2019 at the 1898 Hotel Colonia en Las Filipinas in Makati City.
The Summit, with the theme “Strengthening Local Development Planning through Enhanced Statistical Coordination and Community-Based Statistical Innovations,” served as venue for presentation and discussion on innovations on statistical development planning, implementation, and monitoring of programs and projects at the local level.
It was attended by 95 participants coming from member agencies of the PSA Board, Regional Directors of NEDA who are also RSC Chairs, representatives from City Planning and Development Offices, the Bureau of Local Government Development, Philippine National Police, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority, Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department and PSA officials and staff.
In the welcome remarks delivered by OIC-DNS Maqtahar L. Manulon, he emphasized the role of the RSCs in steering improvements in statistical planning, programming and coordination at the subnational level as well as strengthening the local data ecosystem as needed to raise the quality of life and standard of living of the people.
Undersecretary Rosemarie G. Edillon of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), in her keynote address, presented updates on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 underscoring the challenge for the RSCs to strengthen collaboration at the local level to have updated and granular data on who among the Filipinos are enjoying a life that is “matatag, “maginhawa” and “panatag.”
The first day of the Summit was highlighted by a panel discussion on Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) where the participants shared their thoughts and clarified concerns about the CBMS. This was followed by presentations on the following topics: a) Approved Core Regional Indicators for SDG Monitoring at the Local Level; b) 2020 Census of Population and Housing (CPH 2020); and c) Rural Access Index.
On the second day of the Summit, the following topics were presented: a) Quarterly Regional Development Index (RDI) Using CoRe-Is Updates; and b) Overview of Citizen-Generated Data (CGD) and Result of Case Study for Using CGD as Source of Official Statistics. This was followed by the sharing of good practices among regions in the area of monitoring the SDGs and RSDPs, statistical advocacy, emerging statistics, innovations and improved coordination.
An open forum was held after each session to provide the participants the opportunity to share their thoughts in line with the applicability of the topics to their respective regions and agencies and to clarify concerns with the resource persons and presenters.
Capping the Summit were the 4th RSC Summit Declaration encouraging RSCs to commit support to the conduct of the CPH 2020 and implementation of the CBMS and the most awaited Best Regional Statistics Committee (RSC) Award for 2019 recognizing the RSCs which excelled in the performance of their functions. The Declaration focuses mainly on widely promoting the significance of the CPH 2020 and CBMS especially in the formulation of better programs and policies for the improvement of lives of Filipinos. The Best RSC Awards for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao were given to RSC-IVA, RSC-VIII and RSC XI, respectively. The Best RSC Award (Overall) for 2019 was given to RSC-IVA which garnered the highest overall score.
The Closing Remarks was delivered by OIC-Assistant National Statistician Severa B. De Costo who reiterated the need for coordination and cooperation in the regions for the successful conduct of the CPH 2020 and CBMS. She expressed hope that the participants will share the learnings gained from this two day event with their respective regions and provinces.
For more information on the 4th 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.
CLAIRE DENNIS S. MAPA, Ph.D.
National Statistician and Civil Registrar General