NMP Joins the 30th National Statistics Month

Top photo: NMP Statistical Exhibit, Bottom Left photo: Ribbon cutting of the 30th NSM Data Garden, Right photo: NMP employees present during the NSM opening ceremony

TACLOBAN CITY- The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) a government owned maritime training and research institute, joins the various lined-up activities for the 30th National Statistics Month (NSM) bannering this year’s theme, “Data Innovation: Key to a Better Nation”.
In support to the NSM, NMP attended the NSM Opening Ceremony at the Robinsons North, Tacloban last 30 September 2019. The Regional Director of the Philippine Statistics Authority Regional Office VIII, Ms. Wilma A. Perante marked the start of the statistics celebration as she quoted “Government and developing agencies around the world is moving away from old models of problem solving. Before, we were just merely doing simple monitoring of our programs this time we do innovation by searching new network models of resilience. The challenge to us now is we have these multiple types of ways on how to use data like with the use of mobile devices with sensors, new technologies that will improve the delivery of our services with faster insights but sustainable development should always be our goal. So with the use of this data innovation, we discover new ways of developing, measuring regional development and interventions in times of crisis, so these data innovations are the key to a better nation”.
Subsequently, NMP participated in the 1st Eastern Visayas Data Festival (EV Data Fest) last 29 October 2019 with the theme, “Bringing Statistics Closer” in line with the NSM celebration. The EV Data Fest showcased statistical updates/innovations in data generation. In attendance were statisticians/designated statisticians of Regional Line Agencies, Local Government Units, and representatives from the private section, and state universities and colleges’ faculty and students enrolled in statistics and related programs in the region.
Some other activities of NMP include the display of the 30th NSM streamer/tarpaulin in the NMP’s façade and the NMP Statistical Exhibit on maritime facts and figures placed specifically at the lobby of the Training Building and at the entrance of the NMP Administration Building.
The said observance is in accordance with the Presidential Proclamation No. 647, “Declaring the Month of October of every year as the National Statistics Month,”. It is aimed in promoting, enhancing and instilling nation-wide awareness and appreciation of the importance and value that statistics provide the different sectors of our society, while at the same time insuring the support of the public at large in improving and enhancing the quality and standard of statistics in the country.
Statistics plays a vital role in NMP’s day to day operations most especially on the fulfillment of its second mandate of conducting relevant researches to the maritime industry, as it function as a tool in data collection, analysis, interpretation, explanation and presentation. Use of statistics guides NMP researchers in proper characterization, summarization, presentation, and interpretation of the result of the research.

Meanwhile, in its sound efforts to fulfill and realize its mandate, NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required pursuant to the STCW Convention as amended in 2010 including value-adding courses towards improving the qualifications of Filipino seafarers for their employment acceptability and enhanced competitiveness. It also regularly conducts maritime studies to come up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the industry.

Those interested in NMP research undertakings may visit the NMP website (www.nmp.gov.ph) and access the e-Research Information System Portal which is designed to disseminate NMP completed researches, present the Research Agenda and engage the industry stakeholders to collaborate in the research activities.

For more information about NMP trainings, viewers may visit the agency’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter) where all related information on NMP trainings are available.

Further, NMP encourages OWWA registered seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) and Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) which entitles the beneficiary to receive financial assistance for training costs from the OWWA.