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esponding to the country’s need for an electronic compilation of basic information on farmers, farm laborers and fishermen, the RSBSA or the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) is undertaken by the Good Governance and Anti-Corruption (GGAC) Cluster through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) since the third quarter of 2011. The GGAC is chaired by President Benigno S. Aquino III. Other agencies involved are the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the National Statistics Office (NSO). Results will be used as benchmark for various data and information needs of economic development planners, policymakers, and project implementers focused for the beneficiaries of national and/or sub-national agriculture-related programs and services. Continued on Page 2



his year’s 20 Philippine Statistics Quiz (PSQ) Regional Steering Committee, composed of the NSO XII and memberagencies from DOST, CHED, DepEd, DOLE, NEDA, BAS, BSP and NSCB, is very fortunate for the generous sponsorship of the Provincial Government of Sultan Kudarat thru the Provincial Planning and Development Office to this year’s PSQ Regional Finals. It was held at King’s Hall of the Provincial Capitol of Sultan Kudarat last November 17, 2011. It was made possible through the generous support of the Honorable STATDOSCOOP VOL. 12 NO. 2 JULY - DECEMBER 2011

Provincial Governor, Datu Suharto T. Mangudadatu, Al Haj and actively coordinated with by his Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, Engr. Romeo B. Zaragoza and staff. Total sponsorship costs about PhP111,500. th

The sponsorship of the 20 PSQ Regional Finals was made in time for the Province’s celebration of its 38th Foundation Anniversary and 13th Kalimudan Festival. The generous governor thought of the sponsorship as a thanksgiving of their twin activity and as a way of promoting their province.

NSO XII hails 5th in the 2011 Field Awards


Is it legal? Can a change of name of an adopted minor child be included to complement the surname he acquired consequent to his adoption?


2009 Annual Survey on Philippine Business and Industry (Preliminary Results—Region XII; Economy-wide)


MSUan still emerges as Regional Champion in SOCCSKSARGEN’s 20th Philippine Statistics Quiz


2009 Survey on Information and Communication Technology (SICT) Initial Results - R12; Information Economy


3 Statistical Quizzes held during 22nd National Statistics Month made possible with strong LGU support


3rd Statlympics celebrated


2010 Survey on Overseas Filipinos (SOF) revealed 2M OFWs


Population (August 2007)


Projected Population (2010)


Inflation Rate (December 2011)


Balance of Trade (October 2011)


Exports (November 2011)


Imports (October 2011)


Unemployment (October 2011)


Underemployment (October 2011)


Simple Literacy (2000)


Functional Literacy (2008)


Average Family Income (2009)


GNP (Q4 2010)


GDP (Q4 2010)

P2,421.9B Source:


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The NSO takes the lead in the nationwide registration activity that will run for 20 days beginning January 2, 2012 until January 24, 2012. Aimed to be completed in 2012, registration phase at the barangay level will be done in batches of provinces. For the initial batch, it will cover twenty (20) pilot provinces from nine (9) regions of the country, namely Abra, Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province for Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Romblon and Siquijor for Region IV-B (MIMAROPA), Camarines Sur and Masbate for Region V (Bicol), Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Samar (Western Samar) for Region VIII (Eastern Visayas), Zamboanga del Norte for Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula), Davao Oriental for Region XI (Davao), Cotabato (North), Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat for Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN), and Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte for Caraga Region. Selection of the said areas was done at the Central Office using various indicators. Second (provincial) and third (city/municipal) level trainings were already conducted on December 12 to 14, 2011 and December 20 to 22, 2011, respectively. Respective representatives from the NSO, DAR, BAS, DBM, DILG, and all LGUs of the three pilot provinces in SOCCSKSARGEN, particularly the Provincial/City/Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators and Agriculturist were convened for the 3-day provincial training held simultaneously in the Cities of Tacurong, Kidapawan and General Santos. They spearheaded and supervised the conduct of the city/ municipal level trainings for the Barangay Captains, Barangay Secretaries and Field Interviewers (FIs) who were hired to do the actual house-to-house registration activity using the prescribed forms.


or the second time in a row, SOCCSKSARGEN, under the headship of Director Maqtahar L. Manulon, joined the circle of top five performing regions of NSO’s 2011 Field Awards (FA). Awarding ceremony was held at Tagaytay City’s finest Taal Vista Hotel during the last day of the 2012 National Planning Workshop held from December 1 to 2, 2011. All key officials from the Central Office, Regional and Provincial Offices witnessed the said occasion. All at once and in high spirits, Director Manulon received the trophy and modest cash prize from Administrator Carmelita N. Ericta. Region XII’s previous recognition was on year 2009 where it finished off fourth in the said annual awards. Taking this year’s top plum for the regional category is Region X (Northern Mindanao) that has been undisputed since the FA was established in 1993. It was followed by Region IV-B (MIMAROPA), National Capital Region (NCR), Region XI (Davao Region) and Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN), respectively. In the provincial category, SOCSARGEN, led by PSO Ruben D. Abaro, Jr., made it still to the top 15 list. It also received commendation as 3rd and 5th placers in partnership and linkages (P&L) and information dissemination categories, respectively. Earlier years, 2009 and 2010, SOCSARGEN sited itself in the 2nd and 6th places, respectively. Meanwhile, for history, Cotabato, under the direction of PSO Belinda R. Penuela, was conferred 5th in its outstanding performance in line with P&L. For this cycle, NSO Quezon bested 79 other contenders in the provincial category.

All accomplished forms will be submitted through the City/ Municipal Planning and Development Offices prior to submission to NSO for manual and machine processing for the period February to May 2012.

AGRICULTURAL SECTOR – the sector engaged in the cultivation of the soil, planting of crops, growing of fruit trees, raising of livestock or poultry including the harvesting and marketing of such farm products and other farm activities and practices. FISHERIES SECTOR – the sector engaged in the production, growing, harvesting, processing, marketing, developing, conserving, and managing of aquatic resources and fisheries areas. --as defined in Republic Act 8435 (Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997)


BEAM OF UNISON AND STRENGTH. Director Manulon and his three PSOs (L-R: Rafael T. Sambrano of Sultan Kudarat, Belinda R. Penuela of Cotabato and Ruben D. Abaro, Jr. of SOCSARGEN) during the ceremonial signing of commitments. Photo on the right shows Director Manulon receiving the award from Administrator Ericta.

A management tool and incentive system, the FA aims to give year on year recognition to field offices that proved first-rate performances in various fields to ascertain quality outputs in the completion of activities and mandates of the Office. It drives the field offices to do things out of the box while developing skills and values of its workforce in pursuit of the Office’s vision, mission, and goals. Main activities for the period October 2010 to September 2011 were rated for this year’s FA cycle. STATDOSCOOP VOL. 12 NO. 2 JULY - DECEMBER 2011

by Atty. Maqtahar L. Manulon

Atty. Maqtahar L. Manulon Regional Director, NSO XII


n a show of competence, hard work and dedication, the NSO region 12 once again landed fifth in the 2011 Field Awards – the summary of over all annual performance of NSO regional and provincial offices nationwide. The recognition was given during the 2012 National Planning Workshop held at Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City on December 2, 2011. The regional management credited the remarkable performance of the region to the thirteen (13) regional staff backed by three (3) dedicated Provincial Statistics Officers who managed to improve the ratings of their respective provinces in that same award system with Cotabato Province took a giant step from rank 65 in 2010 to rank 22 recently. Apart from pursuing its mandates under Commonwealth Act 591 and other laws to produce general purpose statistics and administer civil registration laws, the NSO XII embarked on various over and above activities, walked extra miles to bring services more accessible, meaningful and fulfilling to data users, other stakeholders and the public. These include extending technical assistance to researchers, training of civil registrars, other local officials and solemnizing officers on marriage laws and the use of information technology specifically PhilCRIS 3.0 to enhance their capability to implement civil registration laws, copy issuance and data archiving. Dissemination of the results of various statistical surveys was also pursued like the 2010 Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI), 2010 Survey of Information and Communication Technology (SICT), 2009 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS), and the 2010 Household Survey of Domestic Visitors (HSDV). Similarly, the field offices actively involved in the pre-marriage counselling, kasalan ng bayan, appreciation of statistics in the academic community through lectures/ seminars and statistics challenges and quizzes. The sponsorship by Sultan Kudarat Provincial Government under Hon. Governor Teng Mangudadatu of the PSQ regional finals at Provincial Capitol, Isulan on November 17, 2011 clearly manifested strong partnership between NSO and LGU. Training of staff to enhance managerial and technical skills to improve quality of statistical work in the region was also given attention. We wish to thank all the partner agencies – government and private sectors, survey respondents and various establishments in the region for their untiring and invaluable support and cooperation extended to NSO surveys and other activities from which the quality statistical data was produced for the development of plans of different LGUs as well as the Philippines. Apparently, statistics can make or unmake a particular organization or political unit including the state depending on the reliability, accuracy and correct interpretation of data using conventional standards in the statistical community. This is the task that NSO region 12 wanted to take with excellence so that local planners and chief executives are guided to make right decisions and choices. To the men and women of NSO 12, congratulations and keep up the good work.

Happy New Year to all. STATDOSCOOP VOL. 12 NO. 2 JULY - DECEMBER 2011

In a petition for adoption of a minor child, can a change of his name be included to complement the surname he acquired consequent to his adoption? Let us find out from the case of Republic v. Hon. Jose Hernandez, et al (G.R. No. 117209, February 9, 1996). On March 10, 1994, herein private respondent spouses, Van Munson y Navarro and Regina Munson y Andrade, filed a petition to adopt the minor Kevin Earl Bartolome Moran under Rule 99 of the Rules of Court. In the same petition, private respondents prayed for the change of the first name of said minor adoptee to Aaron Joseph, the name with which he was baptized and by which he has been called by his adoptive family, relatives and friends since May 6, 1993. Continued on Page 8


tatistics, being the language of research, is one of the prime branches of learning fundamental to planners and data users. And mastery of statistical symbols is a must because these symbols are the standard nomenclature in statistical reasoning. Many statistical publications and research present variety of Greek letters commonly used as statistical notations. Why is this so?

numbers, and for functions and formulas, while the uppercase letters more usually denote sets and spaces, and occasionally for repeated arithmetic operations. The articulation given are not essentially the “correct” ones, but considered the most familiar pronunciations used in English speaking nations. ALPHA (AL-fuh) The intercept or a type I error

BETA (BAY-tuh) The slope or a type II error

Dating back history, we see Greek letters in statistics and other scientific fields to pay tribute to ancient Greek philosophers who invented science and scientific thinking. Prior to Socrates, in 6th Century BC, Thales and Pythagoras, among others, apply geometrical concepts to arithmetic, and Socrates is the discoverer of dialectic reasoning. The revival of scientific thinking that was started by Newton was prized and hence re-emerged about 2000 years later. Here are a few of the letters in the Greek alphabet, upper-case and lower-case, with their names, pronunciations and definitions. The lower-case letters are most often used for variables, such as angles and complex

MU (MYOO) The [arithmetic] Mean of the population

PI (PIE) The lower-case Pi is universally used to represent that number which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. The upper-case Pi is used as the “product” symbol.

SIGMA (SIG-muh) The capital Sigma is used as the “summation” symbol; summation is defined as the sum of all values in range of series. Lower-case sigma means standard deviation of a population

2 Ρρ

CHI-SQUARE (KISQUARE) Implies the distribution for multinomial experiments and contingency tables

RHO (ROW) The correlation coefficient


2009 Annual Survey on Philippine Business and Industry (Preliminary Results) - SOCCSKSARGEN

Figure 1. Percentage Distribution of Establishments with Total Employment of 20 and Over by Industry Major Division: SOCCSKSARGEN, 2009 Rest of the Sectors 29%

Wholesale and Retail Trade 22%

ECONOMY-WIDE (Total Employment of 20 and Over)

NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS (Figure 1) Results of the 2009 Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) registered a total of 479 establishments with total employment of 20 and over in SOCCSKSARGEN.

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Wholesale and Retail Trade comprised 22 percent of the total establishments in 2009 with 105. One-fifth of the total number of establishments was in Private Education or 98 establishments. The Rest of the Sectors is at 29 percent of the total establishments in the region.

Agriculture, Hunting and Forestry 8% Hotels and Restaurants 8%

Total employment in 2009 reached 86,006.

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Manufacturing 13%

Figure 2. Percentage Distribution of Employment with Total Employment of 20 and Over by Industry Major Division: SOCCSKSARGEN, 2009 Rest of the Sectors 19%

Fishing 7% Wholesale and Retail Trade 7%


Private Education 20%

Agriculture, Hunting and Forestry 12%

Manufacturing 39%

Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities 16%

Manufacturing had the most number of workers with 33,366. Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities ranked second with 13,731 (16%) workers. Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities had the least number of workers with only 84 (0.1%)

REVENUE AND VALUE ADDED (Figure 3) In SOCCSKSARGEN, the economy generated a total revenue of Php131.74 billion during the survey period. Value added was estimated at Php26.12 billion.

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Revenue earned from Manufacturing amounted to Php80.42 billion (61.3%) and generated value added of Php13.10 billion(50.1%). Wholesale and Retail Trade ranked second with Php15.42 billion (11.7%) and value added of Php2.13 billion (8.1%). Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities came last with 41.64 million (0.03%) and value added of Php22.3 million.

TOTAL COST The total cost of Region 12 amounted to Php110.71 billion.

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Manufacturing had the biggest total cost amounting to Php69.33 billion (62.6%). Wholesale and Retail Trade ranked second with a total cost of Php14.01 billion (12.7%). Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities had the least total cost amounting to only Php22.3 million.


Establishment - an economic unit which engages under a single ownership or control, i.e. under a single legal entity, in one or predominantly one kind of economic activity at a single fixed location. It is also defined as the unit that is engaged in the production of the most homogenous group of goods and services, usually at one location, sometimes over a wider area for which separate records are available that can provide data concerning the production of these goods and services and the materials, labor and physical resources used in the production. Total Employment - is the number of persons who worked in or for the establishment as of November 15, 2005. Revenue - refers to cash received and receivables for goods sold and services rendered by the establishment. Cost - refers to all expenses excluding compensation incurred during the year whether paid or payable. Valuation should be at market price including taxes and other charges, net of discounts, rebates, returns and allowances. Goods received from and services rendered by other establishment of the same enterprise are valued as though purchased. Value Added - is gross output less intermediate costs. Compensation - the sum of salaries and wages and employer’s contribution to SSS, GSIS, etc. STATDOSCOOP VOL. 12 NO. 2 JULY - DECEMBER 2011



On the average, there were 180 workers per establishment in SOCCSKSARGEN region.

SO CC S KS ARG E N h a d o n l y Php1.53 million labor productivity in 2009, eleventh in ranking among regions in the country.

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Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities had more workers than any other industry in the region, with 654 workers on the average.

Among industries, Mining and Quarrying had the highest revenue per worker and Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities is the least at Php77.00 million.

Manufacturing ranked second with an average worker of 547. Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities had the least average number of workers with only 21.

Table 1 Average Monthly Compensation Among Mindanao Regions, 2009 and 2008

AVERAGE MONTHLY COMPENSATION Among Mindanao Regions, Region 12 recorded to have the highest average monthly compensation, followed by Davao Region at Php13,331. Northern Mindanao which is the highest in average monthly compensation in 2008 is the only region in Mindanao that decreased in figure, from Php12,644 in 2008 to Php12,160 in 2009. ARMM had the lowest figure at Php6,754 per month on the average. Table 1 shows the Average Monthly Compensation among Mindanao Regions for years 2009 and 2008. Among industries in the region, the highest average monthly compensation is in Mining and Quarrying, with Php42,266, and lowest in Hotels and Restaurants, amounting to Php5,417.

Region PHILIPPINES IX – Zamboanga Peninsula X – Northern Mindanao XI – Davao Region XII – SOCCSKSARGEN XIII – Caraga ARMM

Average Monthly Compensation (PHP) 2009 2008 19,477 18,522 10,156 8,298 12,160 12,644 13,331 11,403 14,071 10,385 10,661 9,814 6,754 6,682

AVERAGE REVENUE PER ESTABLISHMENT The average revenue per establishment of SOCCSKSARGEN region amounted to Php274.06 million Billion marker industries in SOCCSKSARGEN (Php1.9 billion) and Manufacturing (Php1.3 billion).

are Mining

and Quarrying,

AVERAGE PROFIT PER ESTABLISHMENT Average profit per establishment is computed by dividing the total profit by the total number of establishments. SOCCSKSARGEN ranked thirteenth among regions in the country at Php13.4 million. The top industries in Region 12 are Electricity, Gas and Water Supply (Php134.4 million), Manufacturing (Php51.5 million), and Agriculture, Hunting and Forestry (Php17.8 million). PROFIT MARGIN Profit margin is a profitability indicator computed by dividing the Average Profit Per Establishment (APPE) by Average Revenue Per Establishment (ARPE). SOCCSKSARGEN has a low profit m ar gi n, posti ng at the fifteenth rank in all of the regions, that is at 4.9 percent. Outclassing the other industries for profit margin in the region are Electricity, Gas and Water Supply (24.7%), Construction (20.0 %) and Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities (19.0%). STATDOSCOOP VOL. 12 NO. 2 JULY - DECEMBER 2011

The 2009 Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) formerly known as Annual Survey of Establishments (ASE), the 40th in the series, was conducted to provide and generate information on levels of economic activities in the entire country for the year 2009. Covered were establishments in formal sector classified according to 14 economic sectors or major divisions as defined in amended 1994 Philippine Standard Industrial Classification (PSIC) and excluded establishments in the informal sector, as defined by NSCB Resolution No. 15, series of 2002, i.e. single proprietorship and single establishment with less than 10 employees. PAGE 5


hen and again, another MSUan from General Santos City turned up as Regional Champion for the 20th Philippine Statistics Quiz (PSQ) for SOCCSKSARGEN. Held at King’s Hall of the Provincial Capitol of Sultan Kudarat in Isulan last November 17, 2011, sixteen-year-old Felipe B. Santillan, Jr. consistently took the lead in the three rounds of the quiz and proven his edge on statistics among the 23 contestants from universities and colleges all-over the region.

Santillan finished-off the quiz with 29 points and was rewarded with the region’s first-ever grandest amount of cash prize worth Php10,000, a specially designed PSQ medal and trophy, and gift and goodies from sponsors from various public and private agencies and institutions that include DOT, NEDA, BSP, Sultan Kudarat Muscovado Farmers and Millers Corporation, Dole Philippines, Inc., Tupperware, Avon The Company for Women, Mercury Drug Corporation, among others. His coach, Jay D. Buscano, was also awarded PhP5,000 cash.

Over the past years since Region XII was reorganized in 2002, MSU-GenSan has demonstrated its excellence in statistics-building among the youth by producing eight Regional Champions namely Guillermo P. Pantuhan [BS Agricultural Engineering / 2002], Adrian Quilatan [BS Civil Engineering (BSCE) / 2004], Melvin John H. Banzuelo [BS Mechanical Engineering (BSME) / 2005], Yzer Paul Pasaporte [BS Electronics and Communications Engineering (BSECE) / 2006], Janaisha Bai M. Tito [BSECE / 2007], Mark Anthoy S. Matampac [BSECE / 2008], Fernnie M. Magalona [BSCE / 2010], and the latest, Felipe B. Santillan, Jr. [BSME / 2011]. Also in the spotlight during the regional finals were firstrunner-up Charlene Khate A. Alonzo, a BS Accountancy freshman from Notre Dame University (NDU), Cotabato City who wrapped up the contest with 21 points followed with 20 points by a BS Electrical Engineering student from University of Southern Mindanao, Kidapawan City (USMKidapawan) named Niño Marvin A. Reston. Aside from trophy, medals, and various presents from sponsors, the two received PhP7,000 and PhP5,000, respectively. The two were mentored by their respective coaches, Ms. Ellyne G. Lopez of NDU and Jimmy D. Rama of USM-Kidapawan. Other winners included in the top ten were also rewarded with modest cash prizes and mementos. Regional Director Maqtahar L. Manulon of the NSO, together with member-judge Chloe L. Lustica, Project Evaluation Officer IV of the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) of Sultan Kudarat who represented Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Romeo B. Zaragoza, other two judges and respective Provincial Statistics Officers, awarded the top ten regional finalists and their coaches with their respective cash prizes and other stuff. The two other judges were Dr. Evelyn N. Sotes, Education Supervisor II of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Region XII and Unit Head Herlita G. Caraan of the National Statistical Coordination Board Region XII who acted as Chairperson of this year’s Board of Judges. Aside from improving support from various organizations, both public and private, this year’s PSQ in Region XII received greater participation from a number of schools compared to the past years. In the provincial level PAGE 6

ON THE EDGE OF GLORY. Santillan (right photo) flaunting his medal of victory as the 20th PSQ Champion of Region XII after beating the rest of his co-contenders shown in the photo below. (Left photo, from L-R) PSO Abaro of SOCSARGEN, RD Manulon shared Regional Champion Santillan and coach Jay Buscano‘s shining seconds of success.

competitions, 45 schools sent their students to join the quiz. However, after the said qualifying level, only 17 schools with 24 contestants were able to join the regional tilt. The PSQ seeks to assess the competency and skills of college freshmen in statistics as acquired from high school. The NSO and the Philippine Statistical Association, Inc. have been conducting this annual contest since 1992 to promote public awareness and appreciation of statistics. The CHED started on supporting the yearly competition in 1994. The Provincial Government of Sultan Kudarat through its PPDO sponsored this year’s PSQ Regional Finals. For the brief, Santillan, backed up by his coach, represented the region in the National Finals held last December 5, 2011 at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Manila. Taking home the highest award was the regional finalist from Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula). STATDOSCOOP VOL. 12 NO. 2 JULY - DECEMBER 2011

2009 Survey on Information and Communication Technology (SICT) (Preliminary Results) - SOCCSKSARGEN INFORMATION ECONOMY ESTABLISHMENTS USING COMPUTER Among Mindanao Regions, lesser percentage of establishments using computers are reported in SOCCSKSARGEN region, posting only at 90 percent. EMPLOYEES USING COMPUTER ROUTINELY AT WORK Among Mindanao Regions, more employees in Davao and SOCCSKSARGEN regions are routinely using computers, that is approximately 12 for every 20 persons. While there are only about 7 for every 20 persons are routinely using computers in Northern Mindanao. ESTABLISHMENTS WITH INTERNET ACCESS Among Mindanao regions, more establishments in the Information Economy sector in Caraga region have access to the internet, that is at 88.9 percent of the establishments, while lesser percentage of establishments in Zamboanga Peninsula have internet access. SOCCSKSARGEN recorded to have only 72.5 percent of the establishments in the region have internet access. ESTABLISHMENTS WITH WEBSITE Highest percentage of establishments in ARMM have website among Mindanao regions. The lowest is recorded in Zamboanga Peninsula, with only 21.2 percent. SOCCSKSARGEN, a few percentage higher than Zamboanga Peninsula, recorded 22.5 percent of the establishments to have website. ESTABLISHMENTS WITH INTRANET, EXTRANET, WAN AND LAN More establishments in all of Mindanao Regions have established Local Area Network (LAN), Intranet, Extranet and Wide Area Network (WAN). Among Mindanao regions, LAN connection in establishments is more in Northern Mindanao, 55.8 percent, while lesser percentage in Caraga, 33.3 percent. SOCCSKSARGEN had 47.5 percent with LAN, 15.0 percent with Intranet, 10.0 percent with WAN, and 5.0 percent with Extranet. STATDOSCOOP VOL. 12 NO. 2 JULY - DECEMBER 2011


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At the hearing, the herein petitioner opposed the inclusion of the relief for change of name in the same petition for adoption arguing that these petitions should be conducted and pursued as two separate proceedings. The trial court however ruled in favor of the respondents in this wise:

“WHEREFORE, minor child Kevin Earl Bartolome Moran is freed from all legal obligations of obedience and maintenance with respect to his natural parents and for all legal intents and purposes shall be known as Aaron Joseph Munson y Andrade, the legally adopted child of Van Munson and Regina Munson effective upon the filing of the petition on March 10, 1994. As soon as the decree of adoption becomes final and executory, it shall be recorded in the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Pasig, Metro Manila pursuant to Section 8, Rule 99 and Section 6, Rule 103, respectively, of the Rules of Court, and shall be annotated in the record of birth of the adopted child, which in this case is in Valenzuela, Metro Manila, where the child was born. Likewise, send a copy of this Order to the National Census and Statistics Office, Manila, for its appropriate action consistent herewith.” No challenge has been raised by petitioner regarding the fitness of herein private respondents to be adopting parents nor the validity of the decree of adoption rendered in their favor. Notably, the factual findings of the lower court, when sufficiently buttressed by legal and evidential support, are accorded high respect and are binding and conclusive upon the Supreme Court which fully uphold the propriety of that portion of the order of the trial court. The only legal issues unresolved may then be synthesized into: (1) whether or not the court a quo erred in granting the prayer for the change of the registered proper or given name of the minor adoptee and (2) whether or not there was lawful ground for the change of name. I. It is the position of petitioner that respondent judge exceeded his jurisdiction when he additionally granted the prayer for the change of the given or proper name According to petitioner, only the laws and rules on adoption have been observed, but not those for a petition for change of name. Petitioner further contends that what the law allows is the change of the surname of the adoptee, as a matter of right, to conform with that of the adopter and as a natural consequence of the adoption thus granted. If what is sought is the change of the regisPAGE 8

tered given or proper name, and since this would involve a substantial change of one’s legal name, a petition for change of name under Rule 103 should accordingly be instituted, with the substantive and adjective requisites therefore being conformably satisfied. Private respondents, on the contrary, admittedly filed the petition for adoption with a prayer for change of name predicated upon Section 5, Rule 2 which allows permissive joinder of causes of action in order to avoid multiplicity of suits and in line with the policy of discouraging protracted and vexatious litigations. Clearly, the law allows the adoptee, as a matter of right and obligation, to bear the surname of the adopter, upon issuance of the decree of adoption. It is the change of the adoptee’s surname to follow that of the adopter which is the natural and necessary consequence of a grant of adoption. However, the given or proper name of the adoptee must remain as it was originally registered in the civil register. The creation of an adoptive relationship does not confer upon the adopter a license to change the adoptee’s registered first name. Changing the given or proper name of a person as recorded in the civil register is a substantial change in one’s official or legal name. The Solicitor General correctly points out the glaring defects of the subject petition insofar as it seeks the change of name of the adoptee all of which taken together cannot but lead to the conclusion that there was no petition sufficient in form and substance for change of name as would rightfully deserve an order therefore. While the right of a natural parent to name the child is recognized, guaranteed and protected under the law, the so-called right of an adoptive parent to re-name an adopted child by virtue or as a consequence of adoption, even for the most noble intentions and moving supplications, is unheard of in law and consequently cannot be favorably considered. To repeat, the change of the surname of the adoptee as a result of the adoption and to follow that of the adopter does not lawfully extend to or include the proper or given name. The legally adopted child of private respondents shall henceforth be officially known as Kevin Earl Munson y Andrade unless a change thereof is effected in accordance with law. The above question therefore is answered in the negative. STATDOSCOOP VOL. 12 NO. 2 JULY - DECEMBER 2011


SO Region XII, in coordination with its Provincial Offices in Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato, gained active support from three Local Government Units (LGUs) of the said provinces through its respective Local Civil Registrars in the conduct of the First Municipal-wide Statistics Challenge in the meaningful celebration of the 22nd National Statistics Month with the theme “Quality Social Protection Statistics for Focused Targeting: Improving Outcomes, Changing Lives” last October 2011.

Lebrilla, who served as Chairperson of the Board of Judges, represented Honorable Mayor Helen L. Latog who was away for an equally significant affair. Prior to ending the month-long observance, the last quiz was held in President Roxas in October 27. Stephen C. Valenzuela of Kamarahan High School bested the other 31 contestants from 8 secondary academic institutions in the town. Courtesy of the LGU, he received a medal, trophy and cash prize

souvenir items to all the contestants and coaches. The activity was open to all fourth-year high schools, both private or public, in the said LGUs. Every institution can send in at most 5 contestants who are 4th year graduating students. Each contestant has his coach, both to be duly endorsed by the school head. Questions revolved around basic concepts of statistics and data on Philippine figures (as of August 2011) on population, poverty,

Said LGUs were President Quirino and Esperanza, both of Sultan Kudarat Province and President Roxas in Cotabato. Taking the lead in the coordination with the secondary schools in the locality and the rest of the preparation for the activity were Municipal Civil Registrars Jeaneth P. Castañeda, Rosita B. Leabris and Teddie L. Dayo, respectively. For President Quirino, the quiz was held last October 18 at its Sangguniang Bayan Hall with 25 contestants, all fourth-year high school students from 5 secondary institutions, both private and public, in the municipality. Hailed First Placer was Jessie Deo Prado of Notre Dame of Katico, Inc. who took home a medal, trophy and cash prize of Php1,500. The event was graced with their Mayor, Honorable Emilio F. Salamanca, who was present to award the prizes to the winners. To relieve the tension brought by the quiz, the LGU served a hearty lunch to all the contestants and coaches. Alternatively, the quiz in Esperanza was conducted in a larger space the day after, October 19. The locality’s municipal gymnasium convened its 24 contestants from 6 high schools in the area. Declared winner was Donald L. Polilio of Notre Dame of Dukay, Inc. He was awarded with a medal and cash prize of Php2,000. Modest amount of cash were also given to all the non-winners. Municipal Planning and Development Officer, Engr. Richelda L. STATDOSCOOP VOL. 12 NO. 2 JULY - DECEMBER 2011

of Php1,500.00. Mayor Jaime H. Mahimpit expressed thankfulness to the NSO for choosing them as one of the pilot LGUs in Cotabato for the conduct of the quiz. He also gave gratitude to the strong support of the school administrators for accepting the challenge to join the contest despite the short notice. All of the Statistics Challenge was the firsts for the said LGUs. They have given their commitment to sustain the activity in the coming years for greater appreciation of the youth about the value of statistics. The said LGUs sponsored the cash prizes, medals, trophies, venue, meals and snacks of the participants. The NSO, on the other hand, prepared the quiz questions and gave out

income, expenditures, literacy, agriculture, prices, energy, tourism, business and industry, import, exports, vital statistics, functions and activities of the NSO and allied agencies like NEDA, NSCB, BLES, and BAS, policy implications of statistics among others.

Given that the Regional Finals of the 20th Philippine Statistics Quiz of the region will be held at the Provincial Capitol of Sultan Kudarat on November 17, 2011, the winners and coaches of President Quirino and Esperanza were invited to join the said affair to gain idea and preparation for the said annual contest open to first-time freshmen college students who excel in statistics.



ustaining the region’s tradition of celebrating each year’s National Statistics Month, NSO XII conducted its 3rd Statlympics last October 21 and 22, 2011 in Tacurong City. Designed to enhance camaraderie and sportsmanship among employees in the region, the participants were divided into four groups; Delta (Δ), Alpha (α), Sigma (∑) and Chi- square (x2). Kick-off activity was held at Edjin Hotel’s Conference Hall, where PSO Ruben D. Abaro Jr. of SOCSARGEN and Statistician III Ismael B. Ramos Jr. of the Regional Office XII presented a lecture about Management Conflict and Challenges and Threats to Filipino Families, respectively. Then, all went comic and electrified with Larong Pinoy games prepared by Cotabato that were adopted from a popular noon time show. After a funny, relaxing evening, all four teams, with their colored banners, enjoyed the morning breeze at Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU) campus grounds where the fun walk and foot parade went on. Raising of banners instantaneously succeeded. A dynamic hataw exercise came next with SOCSARGEN staff taking the lead. After breakfast and brief rest, everyone was refueled for the Cheering Contest. Judges were from SKSU campus who declared team Delta with the winning, unique chant. Then, indoor games and ball games were simultaneously started. The games played were Chess, Dart, Scrabble and Word Factory/ Boggle. Ball games include Basketball (Male),


Volleyball (Male / Female), Badminton (Male and Female), and Table Tennis (Male and Female). Delta (Δ) team shared similar fate this year as it still took home the over-all champion title. They received a cash prize of PhP 5,000. Teams Alpha (α), Sigma (∑) and Chi- square (x2) respectively followed with fitting amount of prizes. Awarding was headed by Director Maqtahar L. Manulon and assisted by the three PSOs. Exhausted muscles went away with the socialization party’s variety of fun-filled surprise numbers from the three provincial offices and the regional office. Excellent door prizes, commonly household items were received by lucky participants. Director Manulon, in his message, stressed the importance of constantly conducting the annual activity as it uncovers different skills and talents of the employees while it develops sportsmanship, companionship and teamwork. He also congratulated PSO Rafael T. Sambrano of Sultan Kudarat and all his staff for successfully taking up the challenge as this year’s host. The key of responsibility as host for the 4th Statlympics was picked by PSO Belinda R. Penuela of Cotabato. “Expect bowling and swimming as added events next year… and maybe gymnastics if our bodies can. See you all in Kidapawan City!”, the good PSO gladly stated. 





rior to wrapping-up year 2011, key personnel of the National Statistics Office XII re-evaluated its performance and outlined strategies for 2012 and beyond during the regional planning workshop (RPW) last December 15 to 16, 2011 in Koronadal City. The annual event adopted the agency’s 2012 National Planning Workshop theme, ”Exploring Possibilities, Inspiring Realities”. The presence Ms. Vilma S. Malumay, Chief, Administrative Services Division, who gave array of lectures on procurement and disposal, a few guiding principles on Field Awards, and string of inspiring powerpoint shows on life and work, made this year’s assessment and strategic planning more significant for Region XII. Few other Central Office’s personnel who went for RSBSA field supervision also joined the activity. Sustaining the region’s innovation of

presenting its yearly milestones and accomplishments through a creative audiovideo presentation (AVP) since the 2011 RPW at Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City, each province and the regional office skillfully crafted its respective presentations. Then, workshops on workload analysis, commitments, procurement plan, and gender and development consecutively followed. Field Awards Performance of the region and provinces and updates on human resource policies and administrative concerns were also given sufficient time. With the plenary session during the second day, issues and queries on work operations and upcoming activities were elucidated. “All we need is more action. With everything in placed, let us not falter and be limp with our duties. With God’s grace, may all our efforts and abilities unite for a better NSO 12!”, Director Manulon said in his final message during the closing ceremony for this year’s RPW.

PLEDGE OF COMMITMENT. PSO Penuela (on far right) led her team during the annual renewal of commitment for excellence.

KEEP AMUSED AND BEMUSED. Candidates for Miss Gay contest engrossed participants in their evening gowns. (L-R) SCO Sales (Cotabato), PAL-EE Ogalisco (SOCSARGEN), SCO Ganayo (Sultan Kudarat), AAide Fernandez (Regional Office), and CRS Contractual Seran (SOCSARGEN). SCO Sales brought home the crown.

TALENTS REVEALED. Discovery of abilities in assortment marked good waves during the Search for Talentadong Kawani ng NSO XII . (L-R) Couple of dancers from SOCSARGEN and Sultan Kudarat (SK). SCO Fornan of SK won with her singing prowess.

 The number of Overseas Filipino

percent, NCR with 13.8 percent and Region XII 4.2 percent?

Workers (OFW s) who worked abroad was estimated at 2.0  Saudi Arabia was the most million? preferred destination of OFWs with  There were more male OFWs 22.1 percent of the total OFWs? (52.3%) than female OFWs (47.7%)  The other favored destinations of with the largest proportion of age OFWs were United Arab Emirates group 25 to 29 years old (25%)? (15.1%); Qatar (6.3%); Singapore

 Nearly one-third of the total OFWs

(5.9%); and Hong Kong (5.7%)? unskill ed  The total remittance sent by OFWs was projected at 141.2 billion  A great number of OFWs came from pesos? CALABARZON with 16.0 percent Source: NSO’s 2010 SURVEY ON followed by Central Luzon with 14.4 were l aborers workers (32.0%)?



Note: The OFWs covered in the survey were those aged 15 years old and over and working abroad during the period April 1, 2010 to September 30, 2010. OFWs comprise overseas contract workers (OCWs) who were presently and temporarily out of the country during the reference period to fulfill an overseas contract for a definite length of time or who were presently PAGE 12

at home on vacation during the reference period but still had an existing contract to work abroad, and other Filipino workers abroad with valid working visa or work permits. Those who had no working visa or work permits (tourist, visitor, student, medical, and other types of non-immigrant visas) but were presently employed and working full time in other countries were also included.

is the official newsletter of National Statistics Office XII (SOCCSKSARGEN). No part of this publication shall be printed or quoted without proper citation.

QUERIES & SUGGESTIONS? NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE 12 2F Elena V. Co Building Don Rufino Alonzo St., Cotabato City Telefax 064-421-2827 •


Statdoscoop July to December 2011  

Statdoscoop July to December 2011

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