SRTC Ends 2011 by Exceeding Targets
It was another eventful year for SRTC as it reached milestones in its research and training activities in 2011.
For statistical researches, seventeen (17) projects were completed and implemented. These are the: “Computation of Parameters from Survey on the Application, Implementation and Use of Energy Efficient Lighting Systems,” a research project contracted by the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers Of The Philippines, Inc. (IIEEI) in collaboration with DOE to conduct a survey on the “Application, Implementation and Use of Energy Efficient Lighting Systems (SAIUEELS)” by the residential, commercial and industrial sectors for the purpose of determining the energy and demand sav
ings/reductions that have been realized due to the implementation of energy efficient lighting systems from 2005 to 2010; “Re-thinking the Labor Force Survey,” a research undertaking with the BLES and NSO that aims to conduct a comprehensive examination or rethinking of the LFS indicators; three (3) Research Projects on Phase II of Broiler and Swine Information and Early Warning System of Regions III, IV-A and X that included completion, publication and dissemination of Regional Statistical Handbooks and Situation Report (SRs) on Broiler and Swine serving as a cohesive manual for government and private agribusiness sector on definition, metadata and data series and guide for regional and national policy-makers on the current market situation for the broiler and swine commodities in Regions III, IV-A and X; “Chain-type Measures of GDP and Price Indices,” a research undertaking that will serve as a venue for collaborative study on the measurement method and operational issues and statistical activities expected to make common recommendations for the generation of chain-type price indices and GDP volume measures for the Philippines; "Input-Output Multiplier Analysis for Major Industries utilizing Domestic type of I-O Tables,” an in-house research that provides information on the impact of the different sectors in the country’s economy in terms of output, income and employment through the method called input-output multiplier analysis using domestic type I-O tables; “Development of Alternative Sampling Design and Survey Strategies for the Conduct of the Census of Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF)”, a research project that hopes to find alternative sampling designs on CAF given the available frames or other frames to be constructed with the proposed sampling design and at the same time, provide assistance for NSO for the preparatory work of the Census; “Livestock and Poultry Information and Early Warning System Year 2,”a research study jointly conducted with BAS and other DA agencies that seeks to further enhance the appropriate methodologies developed in Phases I to III of Broiler and Swine Information and Early Warning System (BSI-EWS) projects for a more responsive early warning system that included livestock and poultry instead of only broiler and swine, where replication of concepts and approaches to three pilot regions of Regions III, IV-A and X were continued with the conduct of consultative meetings, workshops and training, as well as the commencement of similar project activities to the additional Regions of VI, VII, and XI; “Encoding, Data Processing and Analysis of 2011 Philippine IHBSS Results,” this activity developed a data-entry computer-based system on the 2011 IHBSS questionnaires, facilitated encoding and validation of encoding of the 2011 IHBSS results, prepared age and sex-specific profiling of each high-risk group, including characteristics, knowledge, behaviors, and practices, and conducted advance statistical analyses that determined risk factors, protective factors, and interventions significantly affecting high-risk groups; “6 Research Projects on Regional Broiler and Swine Information and Early Warning System of Region III, IV-A, VI, VII, X and XI,” where project activities were maintained and implemented that included monitoring of breeding/multiplier farms, conduct of meetings strengthening linkages with regional NEDA, local government units and private agribusiness sector, updated livestock and poultry databases, published Situationer Reports and held various statistical trainings; and “Development of Admin-based and Survey-based Data System of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sector,” a research project that developed an overall design of data and information system both for survey-based and administrative-based statistics of the HUD sector.
For statistical trainings, SRTC conducted sixty seven (67) training courses, broken down into 22 regular trainings; 36 customized trainings for staff of various national and regional government agencies, and 9 training courses for international clients such as the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea through UNESCAP and Republic of the Union of Myanmar through JICA. All training courses covered 1965 training hours benefitting 1139 participants where their statistical capacities were enhanced and awareness on the significance of statistics in various endeavors emphasized.
SRTC continued to extend its support to students enrolled in Masters and Doctorate Programs in Statistics through its Thesis and Dissertation Fellowship grants. Also, SRTC technical staff were active members of technical working and inter-agency committees which discussions address the emerging issues and concerns of the Philippine Statistical System. The lean staff complement of the agency did not derail its commitment to meet and exceed target outputs both in statistical research and training.
UNESCAP taps SRTC for Capacity Building Training for CBS-DPRK
The SRTC, in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), conducted a training course on Improving Statistical Capability for Assessing Progress in Achieving the MDGs for 15 officials of the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on May 23 to June 16, 2011. The training aimed to increase understanding of the DPRK statisticians on the use of statistics in the assessment of progress in achieving the MDGs as well as enhance and update knowledge on the statistical standards, frameworks, methods and data sources for producing, analyzing and disseminating MDG indicators. Resource persons were Dr. Margarita Guerrero of the UNESCAP, Mr. Ramon Paul Falcon of the National Economic and Development (NEDA) Central Office, Mr. Donald James Gawe of NEDA Region IV-A office, and Ms. Vivian Ilarina of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). Aside from lectures, discussions, and workshop activities, the 19-day training also included field visits to the statistical offices of the Philippine Statistical System (PSS) and local government office where participants were afforded an in-depth understanding of good practices in assessing progress of the MDGs. In addition, the DPRK delegation visited interesting places in Metro Manila and engaged in sports with some SRTC staff..
CAF Project Launches Pre-test in Batangas
In preparation of the actual conduct of the agricultural census, the research project “Development of Alternative Sampling Design and Survey Strategies for the Conduct of the Census of Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF),” a collaborative research effort of SRTC, NSO and BAS, recently launched its 1st pretest operation of the 2012 CAF Listing Booklet (Core and Community Census Module questionnaires) at Lian and Nasugbu in Batangas on June 9-10, 2011. The pretest was conducted to assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of the questionnaires in gathering structural data on agriculture, capture fishing and infrastructure services available in the community related to agriculture and fishing. The 2012 CAF is proposed to be conducted using a modular approach: a core census and census supplementary modules. The core census will be done on 2013 with 2012 as reference period, either on a complete enumeration or on large sample bases, while census supplementary modules will be done on a sample basis starting a year after the conduct of core census module.
SRTC Conducts Workshops for EWS Project
SRTC conductes workshops on technical writing and trainings on Advance Excel and Statistical Forecasting Using Regression Analysis in 2010 to enable project team members of the Department of Agricultural (DA) Regional Field Units from Regions III, IV-A and X obtain technical assistance on matters relating to database management and analysis. The workshops is still part of the Regional Broiler and Swine Information and Early Warning System that aims to come up with early warning indicators and publish them in semi-annual situation reports and a five-year statistical handbook. The Situation Reports will serve as guide for regional and national policy-makers on current market situation for the broiler and swine commodities in Regions III, IV-A and X. The handbook, on the other hand will serve as cohesive manual for both the government and the private agribusiness sector on concepts and definition, metadata and data series. For 2011, Regions VI, VII, and XI will also conduct the same activities with SRTC.