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‘Great challenge ahead, … data stewardship needed’ - PSA-CAR RD Alibuyug

Updated: Nov 30, 2023


Santiago, Ilocos Sur- "Let us exert extra effort to ensure quality statistics." This is the message of Philippine Statistics Authority Cordillera Regional Director Villafe Alibuyug as she disclosed challenges of gathering reliable data.


In this information driven world, quality statistics as basis for policy making and business decisions affect the success rate of endeavors.

Alibuyug, during the first day of the 3-day Regional Planning Workshop (RPW) held at Santiago Cove, in Santiago, Ilocos Sur from November 28 – 30, 2023, spoke before PSA personnel on 'Strengthening Data Stewardship towards a Responsive Public Service' aimed at discussing major planning workshop forms for fiscal year 2024 programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) not only for the agency's utilization and operations but also for better performance towards exemplar public service.


The event was also intended to showcase 2023 accomplishments of each division, discuss 2024 work program by service, present high impact activities of each service for year 2025, present updates on ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS), discuss procurement process and procedures, and improve work ethics and relationship with various agency personnel.


"Our organization faces great challenges but this RPW provided venue to create innovative methodologies, shared best practices and explores strategies through our collective wisdom and varied experiences to address some if not all of our concerns," the regional director said.

RD Alibuyug commended the Regional Statistical Services Office (RSSO-CAR), Civil Registration and Administrative Support Division (CRASD), Statistical Operations & Coordination Division (SOCD), and Provincial Statistical Offices (PSOs) for their outstanding accomplishments over the past six years, which have earned RSSO-CAR the title of top-performing Regional office nationwide.


National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, Claire Dennis Mapa likewise emphasized the importance of maintaining public trust in PSA as the agency strives to prioritize clients' interests.

"We always put the clients' interests ahead of our own, with the duty to maintain good faith across the agency," the undersecretary stated in a videotaped statement.


The six PSOs believe that the event shall re-energize their commitment towards reliable and quality statistics as data stewards.

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