Philippine Forestry Statistics Assessment Workshop 2018

The Forest Management Bureau (FMB) through the Forest Policy, Planning and Knowledge Management Division (FPPKMD) conducted the Philippine Forestry Statistics Assessment Workshop at The Linden Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City on August 15-17, 2018. The workshop was attended by the Chiefs and representatives from the DENR field offices generating forestry statistics.

In her welcome remarks, FMB Assistant Director Mayumi Quintos-Natividad stressed the relevance of forestry statistics and the availability of these information in support to policy formulation and decision-making.

DENR Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Information Systems, Bresilda M. Gervacio emphasized in her keynote message the Department’s initiatives to improve the reporting and generation of ENR statistics including its automation and conduct of capacity building. The Assistant Secretary also discussed the importance of the Philippine Statistical Development Program (PSDP) 2018-2023 as a tool for integrating and coordinating the statistical activities for the government particularly Chapter 21: Environment and Natural Resources Statistics (ENRS).

Ms. Virginia Bathan, OIC Chief of Environment and Natural Resources Accounts Division of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) tackled the Compilation of ENR Statistics and Environmental Accounts and quoted that “good statistics is cheaper than bad decisions” during the conclusion of her presentation.

The three-day workshop includes the reporting of forestry statistical data gathered in the Regional Offices and discussion of pertinent issues with regards to the data collection, processing, and report generation of forestry statistics from DENR Regional Offices. Also, these issues were addressed through recommendations and agreements to improve the Philippine Forestry Statistics. Before the year ends, the Bureau will provide the field offices with instruction manuals, conversion guidelines, and revised statistical forms.
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