10.22.2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

PSA-13 initiates 1st Caraga Secondary Students Statistics Forum

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA) – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) here conducted recently the 1st Caraga Secondary Students Statistics Forum with 60 participants from various divisions held at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Multipurpose Hall, J.C Aquino, Libertad, this city.

The forum which highlighted on the “Demonetization, Statistical Uses and Management and Economic Performance of Caraga” was co-sponsored by the BSP Butuan Branch. Dr. Amelita Givertz, head of the Planning and Project Research Division of Department of Education (DepEd) – Caraga Region together with the teachers and students actively participated in the said forum.

During the opening ceremony, Dir. Beta Cervantes said that “this forum, in line with the 26th National Statistics Month Celebration, provides a new venue for students and teachers to channel for exchanges and cooperation in statistics and builds collaboration for future cooperation.” 

“With this forum, they (students) would collaborate and establish a statistics cooperation platform and exchange of statistics data thus shaping a statistics monitoring framework that will promote economic and social development of Caraga,” she added.

Glizriel Rose Zarate, one of the speakers, on her talk “Know Your Money” emphasized the start of the BSP’s demonetization process for the old banknotes (New Design Series, NDS).

“It is a part of the BSP's objectives to preserve the integrity of the Philippine currency. This move is in line with the provisions of Section 57 of Republic Act No. 7653, otherwise known as the New Central Bank Act, which authorizes the BSP to replace banknotes that are more than 5 years old. The NDS banknotes have been in circulation for almost three decades,” she said.

Zarate also added that the demonetization of the NDS will result in the circulation of a single currency series in the country – the New Generation Currency (NGC) Series. The NGC banknotes which were issued on 16 December 2010 use new and enhanced security features to protect the safety of the public against counterfeiters.

Melchor Bautista, chief of the Statistical Operation and Coordination Division of PSA RSSO13, during his talk on “Statistics in Good Governance,” highlighted the little or lack of appreciation at political and policy level of the role and importance of statistics that led to under-funding statistical production.

“Statistics in Good Governance has led to the production of statistics which in turn has led to low priority and lack of demand for statistics making it extremely difficult for data providers to meet user requirements in the country,” he said.

Bautistia also reported the Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) of Caraga Region. He further stressed that Caraga’s economic growth slowed down from 8.1 percent in 2013 to 7.8 percent in 2014. The slowdown was attributed to downturns in Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing (AHFF) and Services. (PSA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Team AgSur tops inter-high school statistics quiz bowl

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA) – The Agusan del Sur National High School team recently topped this year’s Statistics Quiz Bowl held at the BSP Multipurpose Hall, J.C Aquino, Libertad, this city.

Organized by the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga, in cooperation with Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Regional Statistics Services Office (RSSO) No. 13 and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Butuan Branch, the Inter High School Statistics Quiz Bowl is designed to test the knowledge of statistics among high school students.

A team of Grade 10 students composed of Hazel Mae Rufilo, Carlo Jay Rivera and Samson Bernard Carpio II emerged as the regional champion after they beat 11 teams of statistics enthusiast. The regional participants that competed in the statistics quiz bowl were the division champions. The eliminations were conducted from October 2 to 12 in all the divisions of Caraga.

It was a neck-to-neck fight between Agusan del Sur National High School and second-placer Team Tagbina National High School of Surigao del Sur Division composed of Charaine Paulco, Cedric Cyril Polizon and Grezel Vemb Repoylo. Placing third was Team Tandag National High School with Myrvic Laorden, Eldridge Ace Bobiles and Ellesse Nicole Cabuga at the helm.

Winners and their coaches shared a cash, trophy and special gift packs courtesy of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Dr. Rosalinda Celeste Apura from Philippine Statistics Authority Regional Statistics Services Offices No. 13 chaired the three-member board of judges for the Statistics Quiz Bowl. Other judges were Dr. Adrilene Mae CastaƱos, Program Development Officer IV of Department of Education – Caraga, and Glizriel Rose Zarate, Research Analyst II of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas – Butuan. Ms. Bernadeth I Bonachita and Alfred Francis Bokingo were the Quizmasters. (PSA-13/PIA-Caraga)


FDA warns against use of unregistered ProMatrix 7 Multiple Source Protein

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct 21 (PIA) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in its Advisory No. 2015-055 dated July 30, 2015 advises the public against the use of unregistered ProMatrix 7 Source Protein with variants Triple Chocolate and Strawberry Ice Cream.

FDA warned that the use of such unregistered health products may cause harm to the consumer’s health.

The public is advised not to purchase nor patronize any unregistered health products found online and in the market.

All establishments and outlets are warned against selling any unregistered health products and anyone selling shall be sanctioned according to Republic Act No. 9711 and other pertinent laws.

Furthermore, FDA encouraged the public to visit their website at www.fda.gov.ph to verify health products purchased in the market by using the search bar located at the upper right corner of the website.


If the search produces no result, then the products might not be registered with FDA. (SDR/DTI-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)