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Philippine Leadership Shaping Statistical Future in Asia-Pacific

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The Nineteenth Session of the United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (UNSIAP) Governing Council saw the Philippine delegation, under the leadership of Undersecretary Claire Dennis S Mapa, PhD, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, making pivotal contributions that will shape the future direction of the institute.

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The UNSIAP Governing Council, comprising representatives from the Government of Japan and elected members from the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), plays a crucial role in guiding the strategic direction of the institute.

The council reviews the administration and financial status of the institute, endorsing annual and long-term work plans. The Philippines, through the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), earned its place in the council, underscoring the nation’s commitment to advancing statistical capabilities.

Looking ahead to the 2024 work plan, the PSA is advocating for Leadership Training for Middle Managers in National Statistical Offices (NSOs). This forward-thinking approach recognises the need for empowered leadership within NSOs to navigate the complexities of data management.

Further, the PSA recommends expanding e-learning training courses, with a special emphasis on Gender Statistics and Data Visualisation, ensuring a holistic and inclusive approach to data training in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Philippines’ contribution went beyond proposing plans; it extended to actively participating in the Eighteenth Management Seminar for Heads of NSOs in Asia and the Pacific. The nation aimed to enhance leadership and management capabilities in data stewardship and governance. The discussions were not typical bureaucratic exchanges; they involved interactive methods, focusing on the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics (UNFPOS).

The UNFPOS, adopted in 2014, received crucial recognition at the highest political level during the seminar. This underscored the indispensable role of reliable and objective data in effective decision-making.

Undersecretary Claire played a key role as one of the lead discussants in sessions dedicated to implementing the UNFPOS. These sessions delved into the challenges faced by countries in implementing these principles, particularly in the context of a devolved system of governance.

The Philippines’ active engagement in UNSIAP serves as a reminder of the pivotal role strong statistical systems play in shaping a better future. It is not merely about numbers; it is about building a foundation for informed decision-making and sustainable development.

The global community continue to invest in data capacity building. Embracing data governance principles becomes not just a suggestion but a necessity. The power of data to bring about positive change is immense, but it necessitates a collective effort.

In the digital economy, data visualisation serves as a crucial catalyst for informed decision-making, offering a visually compelling means to distil and interpret complex information. This correlation is evident in its ability to enhance decision-making by providing real-time insights into vast datasets, enabling timely responses in the dynamic digital landscape.

Further, data visualisation facilitates effective communication and collaboration among diverse teams, simplifying the understanding of complex data through graphical representations. Within user experience and customer engagement, data visualisation contributes by enabling businesses to tell compelling stories with their data, tailoring information to individual preferences.

The association between data visualisation and the digital economy extends to cultivating a data-driven culture. Organisations embracing this mindset leverage visualisations to promote a culture where data becomes a fundamental driver of decision-making, crucial for navigating the complexities of the evolving digital landscape. As the digital economy continues to evolve, the role of effective data visualisation remains pivotal in driving innovation and competitiveness across industries.

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