Theme Explanation

"Bridging Digital Gaps: Making Information Available to All"

Digital technology has transformed the way people communicate, learn and work in which sharing of information becomes quick and easy. Nowadays, technology has become part and parcel of our everyday lives. Digitalization quickens data transmission improving business efficiency and productivity, among others. With digitalization, production and dissemination of quality statistics are facilitated leading to better and immediate policy-and decision-making.

However, not everyone could adapt to the emerging technology due to social or geographical conditions, among other concerns. There exists a digital divide brought by existing gaps in the society. “Digital divide is any uneven distribution in the access to, use of, or impact of information and communications technologies (ICT) between any number of distinct groups, which can be defined based on social, geographical, or geopolitical criteria, or otherwise.”1

In this time of pandemic, many people are restricted from going to school or work, attending classes or making a living. With the current situation, technology serves as a vital tool in communicating information, particularly on CoViD-19 statistics. With the gap in mind and the vast network of data producer, providers and users, the Philippine Statistical System (PSS) is trying its best to harness modernization through digitalization to meet the demands and challenges arising from the emerging demands for more information and expansion of the data ecosystem.

In line with this, the 31st National Statistics Month adopts the theme – “Bridging Digital Gaps: Making Information Available to All.” The theme recognizes the importance of digitalization but emphasizes the need to address the social inequality in terms of access and use of ICT. It underscores that making quality information accessible and available to all enables leaders, policy- and decision-makers to
formulate better plans to serve our country’s economic and social needs. This is also true for the private sector, where decisions of private establishments, individuals and households are influenced by information they get through online/digital platforms.

 

1 U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). (1995)

NSM Jingle Lyric Video

National Statistics Month Jingle Lyric Video

Previous Events

Host of the 31st National Statistics Month

Opening Ceremony:
Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)
Date: 01 October 2020
Venue: TBA

Important Dates

Deadline of Submission of Entries for the 30th NSM Awards 28 August 2020
Deadline of Submission of Calendar of Activities 28 August 2020
31st NSM Closing Ceremony (30th NSM Awards) 20 October 2020

 

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