Cotabato City-The Regional Statistical Coordination Committee (RSCC) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao convened its first regular meeting on May 2, 2013 at the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) Conference Room, ARMM Compound, Cotabato City.
The RPDO being the chair and technical secretariat of the committee facilitated the holding of the RSCC meeting attended by the member agencies: NSO, DILG, DOLE, DOH, DTI, DOST, DAF, ORT, OSCC, NSCB XII, PCA, RBMO, ORG (Cabsec and TMS), and representative from Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
The RSCC Chairperson Dir. Baintan A. Ampatuan, Executive Director of RPDO stressed the importance of convening the meeting by citing the open government policy of the present leadership of Regional Governor Mujiv S.Hataman and the need to come up with an accurate and timely data. She said that issues related to data can be better addressed by strengthening the RSCC in the region.
With the active participation of all members, the committee unanimously approved five resolutions, to wit: 1) Resolution approving the inclusion of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) as member of the RSCC, 2) Resolution approving the inclusion of National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB XII) as member of RSCC Executive Committee, 3) Resolution urging the members of the committee particularly those statistics producing agencies to provide the committee a copy of their statistical calendar, 4) Resolution approving in principle the proposed RSCC Work Program, and 5) Resolution urging the members to designate their permanent alternate representative to the RSCC.
Convening the RSCC meeting was also timely as this provided venue for the presentation and discussion on the latest 2012 first semester poverty estimates recently released by the NSCB.
As reported by Ms. Herlita Caraan of the NSCB XII, substantial increases in poverty incidence were observed in the ARMM from 49.7 percent to 52.9 percent, particularly in the provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur.
It is hoped that the RSCC meeting will hold its regular meeting in the succeeding months to address statistical concerns of the region.