Pangasinan hall of famer anew as best statistics implementer

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The province of Pangasinan bagged an unprecedented second hall of fame (HOF) regional award as best province implementer of the National Statistics Month in Region 1.

Sixth District Board Member Noel Bince, representing Governor Amado Espino III, received Pangasinan’s new HOF award from Socrates Ramores, PSA Region 1 director, during the closing ceremony Thursday of the NSM Regional celebration at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas auditorium in San Fernando City, La Union.

Pangasinan bested the provinces of La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte in terms of their own PSA celebrations when it exceeded its 85 percent target by posting a high 95 percent rating to bag its 2nd HOF regional award.

The province won the regional tilt consecutively in 2014, 2015, 2016.

Under the rules of this award, the nominee in this year’s search must reach an 85-percent rating based on the criteria: 70%– NSM activities of a province, and 30% – performance  in the NSM regional contests.

Pangasinan received its first HOF regional award in 2010, for its three-consecutive-year placement as best NSM province implementer in the region in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

After its three-year exemption from the search, Pangasinan came back as consecutive winner starting in 2014 to 2016 to bag its second HOF award.

Joining Board Member Bince in receiving the award were Provincial Planning and Development Officer Benita Pizarro, Provincial Information Officer Orpheus Velasco, some Capitol employees, and Provincial Statistics Officer Edgar Norberte.

Presenting the regional HOF award to the Pangasinan delegation during the regional closing ceremony in La Union were: Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Regional Director Socrates Ramores; Development and Research Division head Racquel Atawe of National Economic and Development Authority NEDA) in Region 1; and PSA Inc. president, Milagros Baldemor.

“The NSM celebration in Pangasinan heightens awareness on statistics which is relevant in formulating development programs in our province,” Bince said in his acceptance speech.

The NSM celebration in Pangasinan saw the implementation of diverse and statistics development–oriented activities, which were conducted in partnership with the provincial government’s partners: local government units, private sector, non-government organizations, national government agencies, and the League of Local Planning and Development Coordinators of the Philippines – Pangasinan Chapter.