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    Phl to track population, social growth

    RELIABLE and timely population and social statistics are crucial in monitoring the country’s progress in meeting development targets under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and estimating the impact of disasters in the Philippines.
    Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan on Friday said the demand for official statistics, both at the national and local levels, will grow as the Philippine government continues to rely on statistical data and hard evidence for crafting its policy-decisions and actions.
    “The MDGs include verifiable targets that need to be monitored. This has promoted dialogue among policymakers, civil society and statisticians not only in the design of national goals but also in the preparation of regular monitoring reports using statistics,” Balisacan said.
    He also expressed support for enhancing government’s capacity to provide high-quality statistical information. He noted the greater awareness on the potential of new data sources for generating reliable and useful statistics.
    “In the Philippines, there has been an increase in the demand for and the production of local-level statistics to support the Aquino government’s poverty reduction programs and projects.
    Balisacan also underscored the importance of more timely and relevant statistics in minimizing the impact of natural disasters.
    “This need for data cannot be overemphasized in the Philippines after the recent devastation by Typhoon Yolanda. As recovery efforts continue, we need better information so that we can identify the most vulnerable groups in need of ongoing support,” the official said.
    Balisacan added that statistics are instrumental in designing appropriate support for rebuilding affected communities and people’s lives.
    “They also enable us to monitor the effectiveness of the assistance the government is providing and point us in the right direction for making appropriate adjustments,” Balisacan concluded.
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