NCRFW joins 2008 National Statistics Month celebration

The National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), the government’s machinery for women’s advancement, welcomes the celebration of the 19th National Statistics Month (NSM).

NCRFW as the chair of the inter-agency committee on gender statistics (NCRFW) advocates for the generation of accurate sex disaggregated data and other gender indicators that are valuable in the government’s decision making, crafting of policies for Filipino women and men, and monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This year’s theme is “Demand-Driven Statistics: Key to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development.” The celebration highlights the role of statistics in business promotion and development, specifically in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The celebration is aimed to “promote, enhance and instill awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics to the different sectors of society.”

The celebration’s opening ceremonies will be held on October 3, 2008 at the Megatrade Conference Center in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

NCRFW Chairperson Myrna T. Yao said sex disaggregated data is important in ensuring that women microentrepreneurs have access to financing resources, training, opportunities and other services. The NCRFW is currently implementing the the Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women or the GREAT Women Project, the agency’s main contribution to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Ten-Point Agenda, with support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). This five-year GREAT Women Project envisions a more accessible and friendlier business environment for women in microenterprises, in order to improve their quality of life and contribute to the attainment of equitable and sustainable national development.