LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The 28th National Statistics Month (NSM) celebration in Pangasinan has formally started.
Sixth district Board Member Noel Bince, NSM provincial steering committee chairperson, urged Pangasinenses during the regular flag-raising ceremony of the provincial government on October 2 to actively engage to various lined-up activities of local government units, national government agencies and private partners relative to NSM observance.
“All NSM activities and events are anchored on the theme “Facts and Figures for the Future: Statistics for Evidence-based Decisions Towards Ambisyon Natin 2040,” Bince said.
BM Bince said the province of Pangasinan this year is vying for the second Hall of Fame (HOF) regional award as ‘Best NSM Province Implementer’.
The performance of Pangasinan will be calibrated accordingly based on NSM activities of the province (70%), and performance of the province in the regional contests (30%).
Provincial Planning and Development Officer Benita Pizarro, however, clarified that Pangasinan, being nominated for the HOF, should have a score of at least 85 percent in this year’s NSM regional validation.
NSM celebration regional closing ceremony is set on October 26 where winners will be recognized.
It was last year (2016) when the province of Pangasinan under the leadership of Governor Amado I. Espino, III posted its second three-year-straight over-all championship in the regional NSM contests (2014, 2015 and 2016).
In 2011, the Regional Development Council conferred Pangasinan its first NSM province implementer HOF regional award for being over-all regional champion in 2008, 2009 and 2010 under the leadership of former governor and now 5th district Representative Amado T. Espino, Jr.
As HOF awardee, the province of Pangasinan was exempted to join the selection for the best NSM province from 2011 to 2013.
Provincial winners of NSM contests, namely: oration, essay writing, poster and slogan making, statistics quiz and jingle-making will advance to the regional level.
Present during the regular flag-raising ceremony to express support to the NSM steering committee were Sangguniang Panlalawigan members led by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr., several department and office heads of the provincial government, and Capitol employees.
Major events of the provincial NSM celebration include: Statistical exhibit (Oct 2-31); Coastal Resource Education Seminar (Oct 3-4, 12, 24-25); Ligtas at Aktibong Pamayanan symposium (1st week of October); Anti-illegal Recruitment seminar (Oct 4); Collapse Structure Search and Rescue training-workshop (2nd week of Oct); Contingency Plan Formulation workshop (3rd week of October); Socio-Economic Profile Preparation seminar-writeshop (Oct 17); Productivity training for Business Establishments (Oct 20); Jobs Fair (Oct 26); DRRM training for Media Practitioners (4th week of Oct); and Indigenous Early Warning System dissemination for flood-prone municipalities (Oct 31).
Provincial NSM contests for secondary and tertiary students include: jingle singing (Oct 3 at the PESO conference room); poster-slogan making (Malong building conference room), stats quiz (Pangasinan Training and Development Center), oratorical contest (PESO conference room), and essay writing (Palaris building conference room) on Oct 12.
By Dexter A. See