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Philippine Statistics Authority and the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century Launch the Formulation of the Country Report on Support to Statistics (CRESS) - Philippines
(PR-201506-PP1-05, Posted 19 June 2015)

 


The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in collaboration with the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) launched the formulation of the Country Report on Support to Statistics (CRESS) on 8 June 2015 at the AIM Conference Center in Makati City.  The launching forum was attended by 98 participants from 48 government agencies, development partner organizations, local government units, academe, and the private sector.  

The CRESS is a PARIS21 initiative which is aimed at encouraging national statistical offices (NSOs) and national statistical systems (NSSs) to document all data relating to the funding of the entire NSS whether derived from national resources or from external support. Along with the Partner report on Support to Statistics (PRESS), another initiative of PARIS21, which accounts for the financing provided by development partners to the NSOs/NSSs, CRESS aims to improve financing of the NSS and increase investments in statistics by facilitating donor coordination on funding statistics.

PSA National Statistician, Dr. Lisa Grace S. Bersales, welcomed the launching forum participants and highlighted the CRESS’ crucial role in statistical development in the country.  In particular, she noted that the CRESS formulation is very timely as the PSS like other NSSs need greater support from the government and the development partners to undertake activities to generate global indicators for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The CRESS-Philippines shall provide an empirical evidence for financing statistical activities in the Philippines not only to monitor the SDGs but also to support the information needs of the decisionmakers and program implementers.  The implementation of CRESS will likewise help improve the PSS statistical budget review process.

The message of the Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and PSA Board Chairperson, Dr. Arsenio M. Balisacan, was delivered by Director Nerissa T. Esguerra of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). In his message, Secretary Balisacan highlighted the invaluable participation of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the legislature, the budget officers, human resource managers, and international and local development partners in national statistical development and in guaranteeing uninterrupted services to the users of statistics.  He likewise expressed his interest in joining the PSA in its efforts to mainstream financing for statistics generation and dissemination by setting the appropriate legal bases and necessary collaborations.

The concept of CRESS, its rationale and objectives was introduced by PARIS21 Regional Coordinator, Ms. Millicent Gay B. Tejada.  The CRESS project in the Philippines aims to improve efficiency of the PSS through better coordination and better information sharing on investments in statistics.

As the PARIS21 Consultant for CRESS-Philippines, Dr. Romulo A. Virola, explained to the attendees the CRESS methodology, expected project outputs and the questionnaires forms for the government agencies/units and development partners.  An open forum was held thereafter to solicit comments and feedback from the forum participants.  PSA Interim Assistant National Statistician Regina S. Reyes delivered a summary of the open forum proceedings and concluded the event with her closing remarks by particularly underscoring the significance of CRESS initiative in the updating of the Philippine Statistical Development Program (PSDP) 2011-2017 that is currently being prepared by PSA.  

The PSA will be distributing the questionnaire forms to various government agencies with designated statistical activities and statistical units, member agencies of the PSA Board, public and private research and training institutions, local government units, academe, media and development partners from June 8 to 15, 2015.  E-copy of the questionnaires for the government agencies and development partners can be downloaded at: http://nap.psa.gov.ph/ pressreleases/2015/CRESS-Philippines Blank Questionnaires_FINAL.xls.  The questionnaire for the private sector organizations involved in statistics-related activities will be distributed soon to prospective respondents.

The PSA requests respondents to forward their CRESS questionnaire submissions to PSA thru email at F.Talento@psa.gov.ph and P.Rivera@psa.gov.ph on or before 29 June 2015.  A forum with CRESS respondents to discuss the issues/concerns in accomplishing the questionnaires will also be conducted by the PSA on 22 June 2015 (for respondents from the government) and 23 June 2015 (for development partners) at 1:30 PM, PSA-Makati Operations Room, 5th Floor, Midland Buendia Bldg., 403 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.  After collecting the submissions of the respondents, the PSA and the PARIS21 Consultant will be undertaking validation and consultation meetings with agencies/institutions to provide further information needed in the preparation of the CRESS-Philippines.

Further inquiries on the CRESS-Philippines may be coursed through the PSA Staff at telephone numbered 895-2436 and 462-6600 local 822/824, telefax numbered 896-1730 and 462-6600 local 827, or email addresses F.Talento@psa.gov.ph and P.Rivera@psa.gov.ph.

 

 

JOSIE B. PEREZ
Deputy National Statistician
Censuses and Technical Coordination Office

 

 

 

1 Contact Persons

Ms. Maria Fe M. Talento and Ms. Patricia Anne L. Rivera
Telephone Nos.:      (632) 895-2436; 462-6600 local 822
E-mail:  F.Talento@psa.gov.ph, P.Rivera@psa.gov.ph

 

 

 


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