In line with the celebration of the 25th National Statistics Month, the RDC through the Regional Statistical Coordination Committee (RSCC) and Regional Research Committee (RRC) jointly conducted the Calabarzon Statistics and Research Forum on 28 October held at the TESDA Women’s Center, Taguig City.

 

The forum was highlighted with the launching of the Calabarzon Regional Social and Economic Trends (RSET) 2007-2014 and the Calabarzon Regional Development Research Agenda (RDRA) 2014-2016. RDC Vice-Chairman and NEDA Dir. Luis Banua, RSCC Co-Chairperson and PSA-NSO Dir. Rosalinda Bautista, and RRC Chairperson, CHED IV-A Dir. Emmylou Yanga, and RDC Secretary and Asst. Dir. Fidel Udarbe graced the activity.

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The RSET features annual time-series of more than 200 statistical tables for Calabarzon Region. It is a special edition, since this is an output of the RSCC in collaboration with PSA-NSCB. The RDRA on the other hand, defines the research gaps identified in the Regional Development Plan. It aims to guide various research institutions on the priority researchable areas to further spur development and innovations towards improving the productivity and competitiveness of the region. The RDRA was prepared by the RRC,a committee under the RDC organized last year.

The program covered plenary presentations of research papers by PIDS and BatSU and 3 parallel sessions for 9 research papers related to the economic growth drivers of the region. The participants recommended that the forum be conducted regularly as a strategy not only to showcase the different researches available but likewise promote collaboration among research institutions in the region.

The forum was attended by representatives from the regional line agencies, state universities and colleges, local government units and private organizations in the region.