The Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) in coordination with the Department of Agriculture IX Livestock Program are conducting a five-day training course on Statistics-based Decision Making.
According to Christopher E. Mojica, Statistician III of the PSRTI training division, the Training course on Statistics-based Decision Making will provide an understanding of the principles of inferential statistics. It will provide the basic knowledge in data processing, analysis of survey results using the PhSTAT/MegaSTAT, an add-in module of MS Excel; and derive evidence-based decision-making from using the statistics generated from the data collected. Mojica mentioned the benefits of the training, “the hands-on application techniques and skills learned in this training will allow them to do an informed decision-making with the aid-of a computing tool.”

DA9 Livestock Regional Coordinator Dr. Darwin Lloyd D. Sulay said that the Statistics training is a continuation of last years’ first and second steps in achieving the final result. “We have two more trainings coming up before we would finally come up with a collective data to be used for statistics-based decisions for Livestock and Poultry for region IX.” he said. Also a participant himself, Dr. Sulay revealed that the training is meticulous and needs undivided attention. “At the end of the training, we will be given a certificate of completion if we satisfy the requirements of the PSRTI that includes a pre-and post-tests. PRSTI and UPLB Speakers demand our focus on every subject matter.” he added.
DA partner-participants attending the training are from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Local Government Units – Office of the Provincial Veterinarians of Dipolog, Dapitan, Isabela City, Zamboanga City and Zamboanga del Sur, including DA research, regulatory and agribusiness divisions.
During the opening program held at City Boulevard hotel, DA9 Asst Director Maria Melba Wee expressed pleasure on the training saying, “Statistics can make or break a program. Based on research and statistics, we are able to draw conclusions if a certain program implementation would be successful or futile. This is an important tool for management and use of data and survey results. We hope what will be learned will be learned correctly.”she said.
The training opened on Monday and will terminate on Friday for its third leg of the course. Two more trainings are scheduled to finally complete the first statistics-based decision making training. The course coverage includes introduction to statistics, basic and descriptive concepts; statistical interference methods, sampling, point and interval and hypothesis testing; and data analysis for decision making, predictions using regression analysis, among others. It is classroom type training with recitation, discussion, and submission of assignments and written reports.# (DA9)

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