The PSRTI conducts virtually the regular training course on Statistics for Policy Analysis, with 23 participants attending. The original training schedule of November 9-13 was revised to November 9-11, and 16-17 due to the onslaught of typhoon Ulysses which prompted the suspension of government work for two days.

Government agencies represented include the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Department of Health (DOH), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The training also had a participant from the academe, the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), Davao City.

The resource persons of the 5-day training are former Deputy Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority, Nestor R. Mijares IV and Professor of the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) of the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos, James Roldan S. Reyes. They expertly handled the discussions and conferred the essentials in making policy briefs (Mijares) and the statistics (Reyes) part in drafting such policies.

The participants expressed favorable feedback during the impressions where they particularly mentioned the “wisdom and range of experience” that Mr. Mijares shared during the breakout sessions and preparation of the group outputs for the policy briefs. They appreciated the way Mr. Mijares encouraged them to simplify or “break down their thoughts” as they finalized their proposed policies. On the other hand, the statistics part was “made easy” by Professor Reyes as he gave out practical examples which the participants related to and hence, made them appreciate the statistics side in drafting evidence-based policies.

The resource persons themselves appreciated the open-mindedness of the participants not only in the lectures but also in the revision of the training schedule due to the typhoon and sudden suspension of government work. They lauded as well the active involvement of each one, in sharing experiences, asking questions and gamely doing the energizers.

It was another successful capacity building activity for the PSRTI, the research and training arm of the Philippine Statistical System, where it hopes that no public servant will be left behind when it comes to statistics training.