By Lilibeth A. French
A wellness activity, opening program and a mobile clinic will kick off this year’s National Statistics Month (NSM) celebration in Western Visayas.
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) 6 Statistical Operations and Coordination Division Statistical Specialist II Jen Hisuan said the activities lined up will be held starting 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 4.
Hisuan said the opening activities will be participated in by representatives of the Regional Statistics Committee member agencies such as national government agencies, local government units, academe and the statistical organizations.
To further get the cooperation and support of the public to the celebration, the activities will be held at the activity center of SM City Iloilo here. The mobile clinic offering general health screening will be stationed at the vicinity.
DOH 6 Assistant Regional Director Ma. Sophia Pulmones will keynote the opening ceremonies which will also be attended by RSC 6 Chairperson and National Economic and Development Authority 6 director Arecio Casing and PSA 6 Officer-in-Charge Director Nelida Amolar.
The Department of Health (DOH) Western Visayas – Center for Health Development is spearheading the opening activities for this year’s celebration bearing the theme “Accelerating Progress: Promoting Data and Statistics for Healthy Philippines.”
On its 34th year, Hisuan said the celebration will highlight the importance of quality health and health-related statistics in accelerating the socioeconomic development of the country.
“Starting in 2020, the whole world experienced the COVID 19 pandemic and because of that gathering, collecting and generating quality statistics and data on health were given importance. Health is one of the sectors that contribute to the progress of the country’s economy and, human health is one of the vital resources in economic stability by productivity,” said Hisuan in an interview over PIA Kapihan Regionwide radio program.
The month-long celebration is in pursuant to President Proclamation No. 647 which declares the month of October of every year as the National Statistics Month primarily, to promote, enhance and instill awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics to the different sectors of the society.
Hisuan said various contests will be launched for the regional celebration designed to get the participation of the different sectors. These contests are the following: photography, essay writing, Infomercial, Infographics, E-poster making, Statistiktok, and quiz.
Guidelines and how to join these contests are posted on the official 34th National Statistics Month-Western Visayas Facebook page. (PIA6-Iloilo)