The Northern Mindanao RSDP 2018-2023, the region's first edition of the RSDP, is a compilation of statistical activities and their corresponding budgetary estimates to be undertaken by the RSS in response to the requirements of development planning and policy formulation in the region.
It is the region's equivalent of the Philippine Statistical Development Program DP 2017 (PSDP) 2018-2022, which aims to address the data requirements of the RDP 2017-2022 and Sustainable Development Goals. This RSDP serves as an input to the Local Statistics Development chapter of the PSDP.
Broadly, the RSDP envisions a responsive, effective and efficient Northern Mindanao regional statistical system that delivers quality statistics, products and services for evidence-based decision- and policy-making towards the attainment or the region’s development goals.
With political support and adequate resources, the RSDP shall facilitate and ensure the production of statistics in aid of good governance towards laying down the foundation for inclusive growth, a high-trust society and resilient society, and a globally-competitive knowledge economy.
The vision can be achieved by carrying out the RSS mission to provide quality statistics, products and services to the public; strengthen statistical planning, coordination, and capacities; and improve data generation and storage, access and dissemination.
The RSDP will focus on five strategic priorities: 1) data collection and production, 2) coordination of the regional/local statistical system (R/LSS), 3) data dissemination and use, 4) research and capacity-building, and 5) resources in the RSS.
The RSDP has seven chapters, with the first six chapters featuring key milestones of the RSS for the period 2016-2017, and issues and challenges faced by the sector. The last chapter Identifies priority statistical programs for 2018-2023.
In general, the RSDP acknowledges the need for improved standards and methodologies in data generation, local level or disaggregated statistics, timely release and easy access of statistics, establishment or improvement of database and information management systems, enhanced and strategic statistical financing, use of technology in the collection and processing of data, and effective communication and stakeholder engagement, among others.
It also takes into account recent developments and emerging issues such as the country's long-term vision or AmBisyon Natin 2040, the country and region's medium-term development plans, reorganization of the PSS and establishment of the PSA, climate change/disaster risk reduction and management, and international commitments such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The RSDP is a rolling document, and shall be reviewed annually in RSC meetings and other venues of exchange and sharing of knowledge among critical partners.
It is hoped that the statistical programs and priorities indicated here will be considered and implemented by the concerned stakeholders. Through this document, statistical development is expected to be harnessed with the development vision of Northern Mindanao as one of their primary inspirations.