“Bridging Digital Gaps: Making Information Available to All” was the theme of this year’s celebration of the National Statistics Month. This emphasizes the need to address social inequality in terms of access and use of information and communications technology.

During the opening ceremony of the 31st National Statistics Month celebration last October 5, 2020, NEDA Region IV-A Director Luis G. Banua said in his keynote speech “statistical data is very important in formulating responsive plans and policies as we transition to the new normal”. He emphasized the challenging times brought by the digital divide in the Region as well as the strategies and interventions in addressing the gap. He concluded by calling the support of all stakeholders towards a better statistical system in the Region.

The NSM celebration is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 647, “Declaring the Month of October of Every Year as the National Statistics Month.” This year’s opening ceremony was hosted by the PSA Region IV-A and the DICT FOO-LC2.

NEDA Region IV-A is scheduled to co-host with BSP Region IV-A and PSA Region IV-A the NSM Closing Ceremony on October 29, 2020.

Marlon T. Natividad, NEDA Region IV-A | October 22, 2020