Stat Month highlights sustainable tourism

SAN JOSE, Antique, Oct. 2 (PIA) — The 28th National Statistics Month kicked-off October 1 with the theme “Exploring Philippine Wonders in Numbers: Statistics towards Sustainable Development.”

The theme highlights the importance of statistics in the tourism industry as one of the drivers of economy, said provincial statistics officer Jesus F. Escote, Jr. in an interview.

Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) statistical specialist Arnold Pernia said during the launching program at EBJ Freedom Park that the theme reflects the relevance of statistics in achieving sustainable and progressive tourism growth for the country.

Likewise, it emphasized the need for statistics to identify potential tourism havens and also areas which require intervention.

The Philippine Tourism Satellite Accounts compiled by the PSA showed that the tourism industry contributed 12.2 percent of the Philippine economy in 2017, which is 24.2 percent higher than the previous year. Around 5.3 million people were employed in this industry for the same year.

Pernia further explained that the country is currently facing a lot of challenges brought about by both natural and man-made calamities and the pressure to compete globally. 

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Quality statistics and evidenced-based decisions play significant roles toward achieving the Filipino aspirations.

A strong macroeconomic foundation enables the country to cope with the problems caused by these issues, namely poverty, instability and stagnation, among others.

He cited that sustainable tourism is about refocusing and re-adapting. A balance must be found between limits and usage so that continuous changing, monitoring and planning ensure that tourism can be managed.

Economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development must include the interest of all the stakeholders including indigenous people, local communities, visitors, the industry and the government.

Meanwhile, the opening of the statistical exhibits of various government agencies and stakeholders held yesterday was led by Governor Rhodora Cadiao and other local officials as a kick-off activity of the month-long celebration.

Caravan around the major thoroughfares of San Jose and Sibalom, Antique was also conducted to raise public awareness on the observance of the National Statistics Month. (LTP/PSM/PIA-Antique)

Source: PIA Feed