29th National Statistics Month kicks off at SM City Legazpi


The Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 5 hosted this year’s opening ceremony of the 29th National Statistics Month (NSM). It was held last October 1, 2018 at the 3rd Floor, SM City Legazpi with the theme “Exploring Philippine Wonders in Numbers: Statistics Towards Sustainable Tourism Development”. The ceremony included the oath-taking of the Student Tourism Ambassador of Region 5 officers administered by Atty. Emma J. Guillermo. Winners of the mobile photography contest and quiz bowl were also awarded during the occasion.

Dir. Agnes E. Tolentino of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 5 and Chairperson of the Regional Statistics Committee (RSC) 5 highlighted in her welcome remarks the importance of statistics in planning, project development, monitoring and evaluation. Director Tolentino said “We want statistics that is accurate. We need to come up with timely and relevant statistics on tourism sector.”


In the same event, the Bicol Regional Statistical Development Program 2018-2023, the local version of the Philippine Statistical Development Program (PSDP) 2018-2023, was launched. The copies of the publication will be provided to the regional line agencies and local government units. Dir. Cynthia L. Perdiz of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Region 5 and Vice Chairperson of the RSC 5 highlighted the PSDP 2018-2023 planning framework taglines “Better statistics. Better policies. Better lives.” and “#StatsPaMore”.


The event was highlighted with the opening of statistical exhibit that will run from October 1 to 3 at 10 am to 9 pm at the 3rd Floor, SM City Legazpi. Joining the exhibit were the NEDA Region 5, PSA Region 5, DOT Region 5, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Legazpi, Department of Health Region 5, Commission on Higher Education Region 5 and the City of Legazpi.


NEDA Bicol holds press conference on rising inflation rate


[L-R]: Ms. Menna C. Andaya (NFA), RD Agnes E. Tolentino (NEDA), RD Cynthia L. Perdiz (PSA), Regional Executive Director Elena B. de los Santos (DA) during the presscon on the August 2018 inflation rate.

NEDA Bicol Regional Director Agnes E. Tolentino spearheaded the conduct of a press conference on the latest inflation data for the print, broadcast and television media on Friday (September 7) at NEDA Region 5, Legazpi City. She was joined during the media conference by Regional Executive Director Elena B. de los Santos of DA, Regional Director Cynthia L. Perdiz of PSA, and Ms. Menna C. Endaya of NFA. The press conference was held to explain the rising cost of basic goods and services. Among the regions, Bicol posted the highest rate of 9 percent, up from 7.4 percent in July 2018.

Director Perdiz explained that the (a) increase in food prices especially rice, meat, fish and vegetables and (b) increase in utility costs such as housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels are the highest contributors to inflation. The increase in food prices is attributed to increased demand in food commodities within and outside the region. Contrary to the claims of shortage in food supply, Director de los Santos announced that the region recorded an increase in the production of fish and agricultural commodities. She declared that since 2017, the region is fish sufficient. On the same note, Ms. Menna C. Endaya of NFA stated that the region has 75 days rice consumption buffer. Director Tolentino concluded that the government is committed to lower the inflation rate through policy reforms aimed at lowering food prices such as heightened support on agricultural production, press_conf2stricter monitoring of prices, and rice tariffication among others. She added that the increase in prices can be expected to slow down in the succeeding months with the government reforms in place, but not with calamities affecting the region.



Bicol RDC Recognizes the Most Competitive LGUs in 2018

Seven local government units (LGUs) in Bicol were awarded with plaques of commendation during the Regional Development Council meeting last September 7, 2018, for making it to the Top 20 in Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) survey in 2018.

The CMCI is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities based on an overall competitiveness score which is the sum of scores on four main pillars: (a) economic dynamism; (b) government efficiency; (c) infrastructure; and (d) resiliency. Scores in each sub-indicator are determined by the values and completeness of the actual data submitted by the LGUs. The higher the score of a city or municipality, the more competitive it is.

Legazpi City was awarded as the Most Competitive Component City in the Philippines in 2018. It is also first in infrastructure, second in economic dynamism, 14th in government efficiency, and 16th in resiliency.


Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal receives the Plaque of Commendation from RDC Chairperson Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara. With them are RDC Vice Chairperson RD Agnes Tolentino of NEDA Region 5, and Bicol Competitiveness Committee Chairperson RD Joy Blanco of DTI Region 5.

Naga City remains as the second Most Competitive Component City. It also ranked first in economic dynamism, second in infrastructure, sixth in resiliency, and ninth in government efficiency. Iriga City is the ninth Most Competitive Component City, fourth in resiliency, 10th in government efficiency, 13th in infrastructure, 16th in economic dynamism, and 10 th most improved component city in 2018, while Tabaco City was recognized as 11th Most Improved Component City in 2018.


From left to right: Bicol RDC Chairperson, Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara with Mayor Noel Rosal of Legazpi City, Acting Mayor Nestor San Pablo of Tabaco City, Mayor Tomas Bongalonta, Jr. of Pili, Camarines Sur, Ms. Rosemarie Cuidadano of Naga City, Mayor Josephine Alcantara of Donsol, Sorsogon, RD Jocelyn Blanco of DTI Region 5, and RD Agnes Tolentino of NEDA Region 5.

Among the first and second class municipalities, Polangui, Albay ranked second Most Competitive in government efficiency, while Pili, Camarines Sur as sixth Most Competitive in economic dynamism. Donsol, Sorsogon, on the other hand, is 18th most improved municipality among the third to sixth class municipalities.


Acting Mayor Noli Samlero of Polangui, Albay received the Plaque of Commendation


Representatives of Iriga City, headed by Arch. Sofronio Sonny Magestrado during the awarding of Plaque of Commendation, with RDC Chairperson Bichara, Director Tolentino, and Dir. Elouisa Pastor of DILG Region 5 (2nd to the left).

The RDC acknowledges the exemplary accomplishments of the LGUs to encourage other local chief executives to improve competitiveness, thus, contribute to the achievement of AmBisyon Natin 2040 vision of a Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay para sa Lahat.




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