PSA Joins UNESCAP’s CST8 at Bangkok, Thailand
The Philippines, represented by delegates from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), participated in the 8th Session of the Committee on Statistics of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) held from 23 to 25 August 2022 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. PSA Undersecretary Dennis S. Mapa, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, led the delegation that included Officer-in-Charge (OIC)-Deputy National Statistician Divina Gracia L. Del Prado of the Sectoral Statistics Office, OIC-Assistant National Statistician Marizza B. Grande of the Civil Registration Service, Director Benjamin Arsenio Y. Navarro of the International Cooperation Unit, Ms. Chrisselle R. De Mesa of the Office of the National Statistician, and representatives from the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok, Ms. Beatriz Ines Herrera-Davila, and Ms. Rosette G. Razon. H.E. Millicent Cruz-Paredes, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative to the UNESCAP graced the first day.
The Committee discussed statistical development in the region, regional cooperation, and formulation of regional positions to advance official statistics in line with the existing commitments, including (a) the collective vision and framework for action by the Asia-Pacific statistical community endorsed by the Committee at its 5th Session in December 2016 and supported by UNESCAP in May 2017, and (b) the Declaration on Navigating Policy with Data to Leave No One Behind, adopted by the Committee at its 6th Session in October 2018 and endorsed by ESCAP in May 2019.
Usec. Mapa delivered the Philippine intervention for three agenda items (3a) Monitoring progress in line with the document entitled Advancing official statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: a collective vision and framework for action by the Asia-Pacific statistical community and the Declaration on Navigating Policy with Data to Leave No One Behind; (3b) Monitoring progress in response to the Get Every One in the Picture initiative on civil registration and vital statistics; and (4) Regional initiatives and partnerships for strengthening national statistical systems for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Philippine representatives participated in four side events, namely (1) Expert Dialogue 1: Strengthening national statistical systems - sharing country experiences on data governance; (2) Expert Dialogue 2: Strengthening national statistical systems - linking country experiences to global and regional initiatives; (3) Role of Regional Statistics Strategies in strengthening people-centered development; and (4) Expert Dialogue 3: PARIS21 Regional Fall Meeting in Asia and the Pacific. Usec. Mapa talked about the involvement of the Philippines in the regional CRVS initiative and the country’s experience with the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS).
The gathering also opened opportunities to reinforce international linkages through hosted coffee sessions for the heads of National Statistical Offices and Bureau members
The event adjourned with the adoption of the report of the Committee on its eighth session.
- International Cooperation Unit, Office of the National Statistician