World Renowned Professor visits the UP School of Statistics

   Professor Emeritus Roberto S. Mariano of the Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and the School of Economics, Singapore Management University (SMU) visited the UP School of Statistics last 10 February 2017 where he gave a lecture on High-Mixed Frequency Forecasting of GDP and Inflation in the Philippines. His lecture explicated on the technical and practical issues involved in the use of data at mixed and high frequencies (monthly, weekly and daily data) to forecast monthly and quarterly economic activity in a country. Moreover, there is a renewed interest in this topic for timely utilization of high-frequency indicators to update market assessments and forecasts used by government policy makers, investors, industry and business leaders, and analysts.

   Dr. Mariano was also conferred by the Philippine Statistics Association, Inc. (PSAI) the medallion as recipient of the 2005 Tito Mijares Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to distinguished statisticians who have spent many years of sustained excellent statistical work and recognized by his peers for their contribution in the field of statistics.

   Professor Emeritus Roberto S. Mariano was the Founding Dean of the School of Economics of Singapore Management University. He has also been with the Economics faculty of the University of Pennsylvania since 1971 and he has held visiting positions in various academic institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. He has authored numerous research papers and books on econometric methodology and applications and has served on the editorial board of several international professional journals in economics and statistics. Dr. Mariano is a Fellow of the Econometric Society. He is known for his contribution in the evaluation of forecasts through the popular Diebold-Mariano Test.

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UP School of Statistics' Professor wins at the Annual SAS Philippines Academic Analytics Conference

   Prof. Francisco N. delos Reyes, Director for Undergraduate Studies of the School, emerged as the champion in the Faculty Division, for his paper entitled "Copula-Based Segmentation of Land-Cover Types in Satellite Image Radiometric Multispectral Pixel Data" in the Annual SAS Philippines Academic Analytics Conference held last February 9, 2017 at One Esplanade Events Place, Pasay City.

   His work establishes a technique for lifting ground details as inferred from a high definition multispectral satellite image using copula as basis for establishing multivariate distribution of band color intensities.

   Another faculty member also topped the competition, Ms. Sabrina Romasoc placed runner-up for her paper entitled "A Regression Analysis on the Count of Malnourished Children Under the Age of Five Years Old in the Philippines." For the student division, Ms. Pauline Obach won runner – up for her paper titled "A Multivariate Analysis on Fertility Preferences and Family Planning Behavior of Filipino Women". Prof. delos Reyes won an all-expense-paid trip to SAS Global Forum 2017 which will be held in Orlando, Florida. The winners' school will also receive PhP 160,000.00 donation of products and services.

   The Annual SAS Philippines Academic Analytics Conference is the largest gathering of all SAS Academic Partners with the theme "Analytics: Paving the Way towards Nation Building… Drive Innovation. Make a Change." One of the highlights of the conference is the SAS Call for Papers Competition. The competition showcases the analytical skills of SAS Academic Partners in addressing business, government, and social issues in the country using SAS Technology.

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UPSS Dean Spoke at the 6th M&E Network Philippines Forum

   UP School of Statistics Dean and Professor Dr. Dennis S. Mapa was one of the panelists during the 6th Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Network Philippines Forum held last 06 December 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas Centre. This year’s theme of the forum is on the “Evaluation Practice in the Philippines: Challenges and Opportunities.”

   Dean Mapa discussed his reflections on the current practice in conduct of evaluations and utilization of evaluation findings of the Development Partners and Government Implementing Agencies. He emphasized the need to strengthen the capability of the technical staff of the government implementing agencies in the conduct of impact evaluation (IE). He also presented the initiatives of the UPSS in providing short-term trainings on the IE methodologies.

   The M&E Network Philippines was initially launched in November 2011 through the M&E Network Forum. The Network was envisaged to ensure the achievement of development results and, to mobilize development practitioners to utilize improved evaluation systems and processes in enhancing the likelihood of accomplishing development objectives. The Forum aims to highlight the role of the M&E Network in promoting the practice of evaluation towards engendering the culture of evaluation in the country. The 6th M&E Network Philippines Forum is spearheaded by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

   The other speakers in the panel were former NEDA Undersecretaries Wilfredo G. Nuqui and Ruperto P. Alonzo, and Dr. Anecito C. Orbeta of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). Those who presented the evaluation practices and findings from the development partners and government implementing agencies, included Mr. Jansen M. Mayor, Director for Monitoring and Evaluation Group of the Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines (MCA-P), Ms. Marian Theresia D. Valera, Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ms. Rhodora G. Alday, Director for Policy Development and Planning at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Ms. Maria Gloria A. Tango, Assistant Secretary for Regional Operations and General Administration at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Dean Mapa during the 6th M&E Network Philippines Forum together with (from L-R) Mr. Mayor (party hidden) of the MCA-P, Ms. Valera of the UNDP, Director Alday of the DSWD and Assistant Secretary Tango of the DOLE

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UPSS Dean Presented at the 3rd AsiaEngage Regional Conference

   UP School of Statistics Dean and Professor, Dr. Dennis S. Mapa, presented a paper at the 3rd AsiaEngage Regional Conference held last 21 to 23 November 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila. The theme of the conference is “Universities in an Integrating Regional Community: Engagement with Government, Communities, Industries and Civil Society.”

   Dean Mapa presented the paper "Consumption Patterns of Poor Households with Older (Senior) Citizens in the Philippines and its Impact on the Social Pension Program" that he co-authored with his students, Ms. Rowan Arielle S. Leano, Ms. Ma. Angelica P. Tatad and Ms. Sarah Louise E. Villaluz. The paper was presented under the Panel Session "Improving Policies through Greater Involvement of Stakeholders" of the said Conference.

   Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act provides the parameters on how government can "give full support to the improvement of the total well-being of the elderly and their full participation in society, considering that senior citizens are integral part of Philippine society." An important component of the law is the provision for social pension to indigent senior citizens, amounting to five hundred pesos (Php 500.00) per month.

   The paper of Dean Mapa and his students looks at this issue by analyzing the consumption patterns of poor households with and without older (senior) persons. The results of their study showed that the average expenditure in medicine is significantly higher for poor households with seniors compared to poor households without seniors. Given the limited budget of poor households, increasing expenditures in medicine for households with seniors must correspond to a reduction in the other household expenditures.

   One of the key results of the paper is that poor households with seniors experienced a reduction on their average food expenditures compared to poor households without seniors, controlling for other factors. The policy question posed by the paper is on how much should the annual social pension of poor seniors be, in order to alleviate the well-being of these households to the level of the households without seniors? The paper provided an alternative threshold for social pension and estimated its impact on the national budget, if implemented.

   The 3rd AsiaEngage Regional Conference was organized by the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). The conference is also supported by the ASEAN University Network (AUN) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

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UPSS Dean joined in the Energy Policy Briefing for Senator Win Gatchalian

   Philippine Senator Win Gatchalian, Chairperson of the Senate Committees on Economic Affairs and Energy, met with representatives of the Energy Policy and Development Program (EPDP) last 3 November 2016 in Pasig City to gain insights for his pursuit of addressing pressing energy issues in the country. The team from EPDP led by Dr. Majah Ravago and Dr. Ramon Clarete presented the EPDP papers, “Filipino 2040: Energy, Power Security and Competitiveness” and “The Value Added Tax and Red Tape: What Contributes More to Electricity Tariffs in the Philippines,” respectively, to Senator Gatchalian and his technical staff.

   One of the topics discussed during the briefing is the creation of an Institute of Energy that will serve as a think-tank for the government on policies related to energy concerns. The proposed institute will be composed of experts from the various disciplines such as Economics, Statistics, Law, Engineering and Science. Dean Mapa is a Research Fellow at the EPDP.

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UPSS elected to the PSAI Board for the CY 2017-2019

   Last December 2, 2016, the Philippine Statistical Association, Inc. (PSAI) conducted its 2016 Annual Meeting and Christmas at the new UP School of Statistics building, UP Diliman. During the said event, the UP School of Statistics emerged as the top choice to represent the Institutional Members to the Board of Directors (BOD). The UPSS will serve in the PSAI BOD for the Calendar Years (CY) 2017 to 2019.

   Furthermore, three individual members were also elected to the BOD for CY 2017-2019 namely, Ms. Evelyn R. Santos (former Deputy Director of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Dr. Vicente B. Valdepeñas, Jr. (former Monetary Board Member of the BSP) and Mr. Tomas P. Africa (former Administrator of the National Statistics Office).

   Also, recognition were given to UPSS Professor and former Dean Dr. Ana Maria L. Tabunda and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Deputy National Statistician Romeo S. Recide. They both received the Outstanding Service Awards from the PSAI for their exceptional contributions to the association.

   The PSAI is the Philippines' sole scientific society of professionals committed to the promotion of the proper use of statistics. UPSS Dean and Professor Dr. Dennis S. Mapa is currently the President of the PSAI.

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UPSS Dean joined the NAST 2016 Climate Conference

   In conjuction with the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) - National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) Workshop, the 2016 Climate Conference on Addressing Climate Risk for Sustainable Development was held last 28-29 September 2016 at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City. UPSS Dean and Professor Dr. Dennis S. Mapa served as a moderator for the session on “The Climate, Disasters and Development Nexus: The Case of the Philippines” with Academician Rodel D. Lasco as the principal speaker. Concluding the two-day event, a recommendation for actions in addressing the challenges posed by climate change and sustainable development was submitted to the Department of Science and Technology and the Climate Change Commission.

   The 2016 Climate Conference was organized by the NAST Philippines Task Force on Climate Change, led by Academician Lasco. Dr. Mapa is also a member of the said Task Force.

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UPSS Dean Presented Results of the Cost-Benefit Study of the Dual Training System at the 42nd Philippine Business Conference

   UP School of Statistics Dean and Professor Dr. Dennis S. Mapa presented the results of the CostBenefit Study of the Dual Training System (DTS) at the 42nd Philippine Business Conference (PBC) and Exposition of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) held last 13th October 2016. In his presentation he highlighted how the program can be valuable to DTS partner organizations and cited that results of the study will provide empirical evidence in identifying the critical constraints in running the country’s DTS program. During the event, Dr. Mapa handed over the publication of the said study to the PCCI, headed by its President, Mr. George Barcelon, PCCI- Human Resources Development Foundation (PCCI-HRDF) President Dr. Alberto Fenix Jr., PBC Chairman Mr. Angelito Colona, and PCCI TVET Committee Chairman Mr. Antonio Sayo. The study is supported by The K to 12 Plus Project, the PCCI-HRDF, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) of Germany, and other German partners. The study serves as input to the proposed amendments in the DTS Law of 1994 and existing regulations of TESDA related to the DTS program.

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National Economic and Financial Literacy Week

   In support of the first National Economic and Financial Literacy Week and recognition of the need to protect the welfare of the Filipino citizens, the Philippine Statistical Association, Inc. (PSAI) and UP School of Statistics in cooperation with the Financial Consumer Protection Department of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), invite you to a one-day forum on Financial Empowerment and Consumer Protection. The forum will be divided into two parts, with the first part dedicated to discussing Financial Empowerment Course for the Working, while the second part will be on Consumer Protection (w/ Credit Card Awareness Sessions & Fraud and Scams).

   The aim of the forum is to raise awareness on the importance of being financially empowered and educate the participants with the tools that promote financial well – being. Moreover, this forum will help individuals avoid financial fraud and allow them to gain understanding on how to resolve situations that can compromise consumers’ safety. Finally, the forum will provide the participants with insights and tools that will enable them to make appropriate investment decision.

   The forum will be held on Monday, 07 November 2016, from 8:00 to 4:30 p.m., at the University of the Philippines School of Statistics.

   In line with this, we would like to invite you to join us in the discussion. For inquiries, you may get in touch with Ms. Stephanie Rae C. Andres/Mr. Reynaldo B. Belluga, Jr. of PSAI at telephone nos. 920-6513 and 456-1928, or Ms. Nancy P. Angala of UP School of Statistics at telephone no. 928-0881. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

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UPSS hosts the 17th Faculty - Student Conference on Statistical Sciences

   Joining the 13th National Convention on Statistics, the UP School of Statistics hosted the 17th Faculty - Student Conference on Statistical Sciences last October 3, 2016 at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City with the theme "Sustainable Development: Making Statistics Count".

   The Faculty-Student Conference on Statistical Sciences is jointly organized by the University of the Philippines Diliman School of Statistics (UPSS), the University of the Philippines Los Banos Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) and the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI).

   From its humble beginnings since 1998, the UPSS organized the first conference with only a handful of papers and relatively few participants. Since then, it transformed into a highly successful national conference on statistical sciences and applied fields for faculty, undergraduate and graduate students.

   More than 200 faculty and students from UPSS, INSTAT, Central Luzon State University, and De La Salle University attended the conference. There were 20 paper presentations and the paper entitled "Spatial Analysis of HIV/AIDS Cases in the Philippines" of Lysette Corporal Aguila from INSTAT, emerged as the Best Undergraduate Student paper. Also, the papers "Inside Out: An experimental study on the effect of the induced emotion, social influence, race and sex of encoderdecoder on emotion recognition through facial expressions" of Gian Roy, Pauline Obach, and Dominic Pena from UPSS, and "Classifying Philippine earthquakes with reported felt intensities using K-means clustering and discriminant analysis" of Ron Aborita, Hazel Ayen, Cindy Balbag and Karl Rosales from INSTAT won 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. Finally, the paper of Kritine Alcaide from CLSU entitled "Developing rainfall and temperature based indices for rice crop insurance" won Special Award.

   This conference was made possible through the assistance of UP Statistical Center Research Foundation, Inc., Philippines Statistics Authority, and the UP Diliman Office of the Chancellor.

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The Class of 1980 gives back!

   In celebration of its 35th anniversary, the UP School of Statistics (formerly the Statistical Center) class of 1980, headed by Mr. Henry Herrera, turned over the check worth PhP 200,000 to Dean Mapa. The class members contributed to provide aid to deserving but underprivileged undergraduate students of UPSS. Second year student Sofia Lora C. Santiago, a High School Class Valedictorian, is a recipient of the scholarship. The support from the class of 1980 will help ensure that she finishes her undergraduate degree without worrying about the financial burden.

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UP School of Statistics Professor is SEARCA's 2016 Regional Professorial Chair Awardee

   University of the Philippines School of Statistics (UPSS) Professor Dr. Erniel B. Barrios has been awarded the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) Regional Professorial Chair for 2016.

   The objective of the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair, which started in 2011, is to give due recognition to outstanding Southeast Asian experts in the academe who have championed Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) in Southeast Asia. The study areas include, but are not limited to, social sciences, marine and fishery sciences, environmental sciences, economics, and rural development-oriented fields.

   Dr. Barrios has been awarded for his research on "Effect of Rural Infrastructure and Capacity – Building on Agricultural Production and Agricultural Prices". His study will explore how rural infrastructure and capacity building activities enhances efficiency of farmers in accessing production resources that leads to higher productivity and lower prices. The SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair carries a grant of Five Thousand US Dollars (US$ 5,000.00).

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UPD Statistics Faculty Member Wins the Cochran-Hansen Prize

 Asst. Prof. Kevin Carl Santos wins the Cochran-Hansen Prize to be awarded by the International Association of Survey Statistician (IASS) in World Statistics Congress 2015.

 IASS aims to promote progress in the practice and theory of sample surveys and censuses. The international organization awards the Cochran-Hansen Prize every two years to best paper/s on survey methods conducted by a young statistician from a developing or transition country.

 Asst. Prof. Santos is a faculty member and currently a PhD student of UP School of Statistics. He submitted his research on ranked set samples entitled "Improving Predictive Accuracy of Logistic Regression Model Using Ranked Set Samples". His paper was selected to be one of this year's two winners and is first from the Philippines to ever win the competition.

 The winners of the competition will be presenting their works in Word Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2015. In addition, they will also be receiving books and journal subscriptions worth € 500.

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Dr. Lansangan Received the Award of UP Scientist I

 December 16, 2014 - Dr. Joseph Ryan Lansangan received the recognition of UP Scientist I in the Awarding Ceremony of the Gawad sa Natatanging Publikasyon sa Filipino and the UP Scientific Productivity System. The awarding ceremony was held at the Executive House, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City.

 The UP Scientist recognition is given to UP professors who have made exceptional productivity in terms of scientific research and publications. Within the UP System, the UP Scientific Productivity System recognized 8 new UP Scientists III, 9 new UP Scientists II, and 31 new UP Scientists I for 2014-2016.

 Dr. Lansangan received the UP Scientist I award in recognition of his contributions in various fields of Statistics (Computational Statistics, High Dimensional Data etc.).

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The School's BS Statistics Program receives ASEAN University Network - Quality Assurance Certificate of Accreditation

 The ASEAN University Network (AUN) sent the certificate of accreditation for the BS Statistics program after successfully completing the AUN actual quality assessment at the programme level.

 The AUN Quality Assurance Assessment team visited UP Diliman to review the BS Statistics program last January 13-15, 2014, as a response to the School's application for an AUN accreditation. The certification has been approved last February 18, 2014 and is valid for four years from the date of approval and is subject to renewal.

 The ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) Network is created to develop quality assurance networking as mechanism to reach and maintain high standard education, not just for one particular country but for ASEAN as a whole. QA should be an instrument for mutual recognition to and respect of differences among individual institutions including their diversified cultural and basic resources. Currently, AUN is composed of 30 universities across 10 ASEAN countries where three of the universities is from the Philippines which is comprised of University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University.

 Upon completion of the AUN-QA Actual Assessment, the University qualified with any of the certification status can use the relevant AUN-QA logo and certificates within the validity period. The AUN-QA Logo and Certificates can only be used on corporate materials, brochures, publicity materials, website and premises of the awarded university. Here is the AUN-QA Certificate for the School's BS Statistics program.   ↑ clear and back to top

The Best Undergraduate Student Paper Awardees of 2015

 One of the highlights of the 2015 UP School of Statistics Recognition Rites was the announcement of the recipients of the Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award. Out of the eighteen competing groups, only three emerged as the winners.

 This year's winning paper is entitled Modeling Rainfall Extrema in Metro Manila and in Vulnerable Provinces in the Philippines Using Block Maxima and Peaks-Over-Threshold Approaches, authored by Kathleen Aira M. Belarga, Faith I. Marcelino and Brian Angelo D. Salonga.

Winners of the 2015 Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award.
Faith I. Marcelino, Brian Angelo D. Salonga and Kathleen Aira M. Belarga.

 First runner-up goes to the paper entitled Incidence of Crimes and Effectiveness of Interventions in the National Capital Region: Evidence from Panel Data, a paper by Lianne S. dela Cruz, Jecca V. Narvasa, Micah Jane A. Paglicawan and Jerizza P. Pepito. The paper entitled On Inclusive Growth: Estimating Inflation and Food Inflation Volatility using Markov Regime-Switching GARCH on the other hand bagged the second runner-up with Jonathan Rod S. de Guzman and Lianne S. dela Cruz as the authors. The winner, first runner-up and the second runner-up received certificates of recognition and cash prizes.

 The competition's panel of judges for this year is Dr. Jeffry Tejada (chair of the panel of Judges), Dr. Joselito Magadia and Dr. Alex de Leon of the University of Calgary, basing the scores on the manuscript and the oral presentation.

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UP opens campus in BGC

   The UP Professional Schools in Bonifacio Global City finally opened its doors this academic year 2016 - 2017. The donation of SM Investments Corporation led to the construction of Henry Sy Sr. Hall housing 29 classrooms, three computer laboratories, libraries, faculty lounges, and an auditorium

   With UP system's proactive role in making education accessible to everyone, the creation of UP BGC allows for more individuals especially professionals, and those living in southern NCR to be able to pursue higher studies. Pioneering their presence at the BGC campus are the School of Statistics and the College of Law. This semester, the School of Statistics is offering two graduate classes namely, Elements of Data Science Analytics and Applied Multivariate Analysis under Dr. Joselito Magadia and Prof. Francisco de los Reyes, respectively.

   It is expected that in the coming years, along with the increase of number of enrollees, more graduate classes will be offered by UPSS in BGC.

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UPSS Graduates wins Best Student Paper at 2016 PSAI Annual Conference

   University of the Philippines School of Statistics (UPSS) graduates ROWAN ARIELLE S. LEANO, MA. ANGELICA P. TATAD and SARAH LOUISE E. VILLALUZ won First Place in the Best Student Paper Competition during the 2016 Philippine Statistical Association, Inc. (PSAI) Annual Conference held last August 31 to September 2 at the Avenue Hotel in Naga City with the theme "Role of Statistics in Monitoring Progress of Social Protection."

   The UPSS students won First Prize for their senior undergraduate paper entitled, "Consumption Patterns of Poor Households with Older (Senior) Citizens in the Philippines and its Impact on the Social Pension Program."

   Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act provides the parameters on how government can "give full support to the improvement of the total well-being of the elderly and their full participation in society, considering that senior citizens are integral part of Philippine society." An important component of the law is the provision for social pension to indigent senior citizens, amounting to five hundred pesos (Php 500.00) per month.

   The paper looks at this issue by analyzing the consumption patterns of poor households with and without older (senior) persons. The results of their study showed that the average expenditure in medicine is significantly higher for poor households with seniors compared to poor households without seniors. Given the limited budget of poor households, increasing expenditures in medicine for households with seniors must correspond to a reduction in the other household expenditures.

   Leano, Tatad and Villaluz analyzed the important expenditure items that are sacrificed by the poor households with senior persons using the merged data from the 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012 Family Income and Expenditure Surveys (FIES) and Labor Force Surveys (LFS) of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Applying econometric models, the researchers concluded that the social pension of five hundred pesos per month for poor senior citizens is inadequate. Moreover, using the same econometric models, they provided recommendation for the amount needed to increase the welfare of poor household with seniors to the level of welfare of the poor households without seniors. The results of the study are helpful inputs in refining the Social Pension Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

   The top prize carried a cash award of Php 25,000.00. The second and third placers are Joshua Reno S. Cantuba of De La Salle University (DLSU), and Juliette Anne B. Dijan of the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), UP Los Banos respectively. They won Php 15,000.00 and Php 10,000.00, courtesy of the Asia United Bank (AUB), the main sponsor of the Best Student Paper Competition.

   UPSS Dean and Professor Dr. Dennis S. Mapa supervised the paper under his Advanced Linear Models (Applied Econometrics) class.

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The Class of 1980 gives back!

   UP School of Statistics faculty members and students presented papers and organized sessions during the 13th National Convention on Statistics last October 3-4, 2016 at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City.

   Celebrating the 26th National Statistics Month, the NCS theme this year is “Sustainable Development: Making Statistics Count”.

   In the Computational Statistics sessions organized by Erniel Barrios, the following papers were presented: Weather and Prevalence Diseases in the Philippines: Evidence of Climate Change and Does Government Matter to Health of its People? A Cross-Country Linkage between Health Indicators, Health Expenditure and the Macro Economy by Angela Nalica, Paulo Victor Redondo, Stephen Jun Villejo and Erniel Barrios, Mining Insights on the Quality of Life Across Countries: Learning from Official Statistics by Joseph Ryan Lansangan and Erniel Barrios, An Exponentially Weighted Moving Average Control Chart for Zero-Truncated Poisson Processes: A Design and Analytic Framework with Fast Initial Response Feature by Robert Neil Leong, Frumencio Co and Daniel Stanley Tan, Multilevel Principal Component Regression Model for High Dimensional Data: A Simulation Study by Ella Joyce Paragas and Erniel Barrios.

   The papers titled Results of an Impact Evaluation Study of DepEd’s School-Based Feeding Program by Jose Ramon Albert, Ana Maria Tabunda and Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa and Cost and Benefit Study on the Dual Training System in the Philippines by Claire Dennis Mapa, Josefina Almeda and Manuel Leonard Albis were discussed in the Education Statistics session.

   Moreover, Peter Julian Cayton presented his paper Forecasting Extreme Storm Conditions using Multivariate Extreme Value Theory in the Econometric session organized by Joselito Magadia and Dennis Mapa.

   In the Leading Economics Indicator session chaired by Genelyn Ma. Sarte, the studies titled Enhancement of the Composite Leading Economic Indicator System of the Philippines and Composite Leading Economic Indicator using Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) Model by Claire Dennis Mapa, Divina Gracia Del Prado, Ibarra Aaron Poliquit and Al-Ahmadgaid Asaad, and Constructing Leading Economic Indicators for the Philippine Economy by Claire Dennis Mapa, Manuel Leonard Albis and Joselito Magadia were discussed.

   The Financial Education and Financial Inclusion session featured the papers authored by Mynard Bryan Mojica and Claire Dennis Mapa titled An Index of Financial Inclusion in the Philippines: Construction and Analysis and by Claire Dennis Mapa, Majah-Leah Ravago, Angelie Grace Aycardo, Justine Maria Regina Galandines and Pamela Macasaet titled Awards and Financial Literacy: Effects of the Metrobank Foundation Award for Outstanding Teachers on Financial Literacy. The study Factors Affecting Employment Outcomes of Filipino Jobseekers: A Duration Analysis of Unemployment in the Philippines authored by Claire Dennis Mapa, and Jeremy De Jesus was presented in the session on Labor, Employment and Productivity Statistics.

   In this conference, the UP Statistical Society received the Best Youth Advocate of Statistics for two consecutive years.

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, the UP School of Statistics (formerly the Statistical Center) class of 1980, headed by Mr. Henry Herrera, turned over the check worth PhP 200,000 to Dean Mapa. The class members contributed to provide aid to deserving but underprivileged undergraduate students of UPSS. Second year student Sofia Lora C. Santiago, a High School Class Valedictorian, is a recipient of the scholarship. The support from the class of 1980 will help ensure that she finishes her undergraduate degree without worrying about the financial burden.

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School of Statistics Welcomes Freshies, Shiftees, Transferees and Graduate Students

   Last August 8, 2016, the UP School of Statistics conducted the Freshie, Shiftee, Transferee and Graduate Orientation at the School of Statistics Auditorium. The college administration along with the UPSS Student Council warmly welcomed 30 new undergraduate students and 75 new graduate students into the college

   Dean Dennis S. Mapa officially opened the orientation by sharing the mission and vision of the college. He also provided an overview of the programs offered and how these programs have produced prominent statisticians in the country. He believes that the UPSS curriculum will ensure rigor in training both in academic and practical fields allowing students to able to choose in wide array of opportunities after graduation. Lastly, he introduced the new building and the state of the art facilities that await students when the building is ready for occupancy.

   The college secretary, Dr. Josefina V. Almeda, was also present during the undergraduate orientation. Upon welcoming the students, she discussed the university policies that will guide the students in their entire stay in the university. Likewise, she prompted everyone on the important dates in the university calendar. She was also particular in discussing organization engagement of the students and grade maintenance.

   Prof. Francisco Delos Reyes, the Director for Undergraduate Studies, was also present during the orientation to provide guidance to new undergraduate students. He opened his discussion by sharing his personal experience when he first entered the university. Similar to Dr. Almeda's presentation he stressed the importance of maintaining good grades and being attentive to failing marks. Likewise, he discussed how his office can provide academic assistance to undergraduate students of UPSS warmly entertained questions from the new students.

   For the Graduate Orientation, the program was officially opened by Dean Mapa and afterwards the graduate students were engaged to participate in an "Introduce Yourself" ice breaker. Most of the new students are from government offices and universities. To support the new graduate students in their journeys, Director for Graduate Studies, Dr. Joselito Magadia discussed the overview of the different graduate programs offered in UPSS. He discussed the curriculum of the programs, as well as the guidelines for candidacy to graduation and retention in the programs.

   Other members of the UP Community who were also in the orientation are Ms. Delia Laguyo from Office of Counselling and Guidance, Mr. RJ Belen from UP DIliman University Student Council, Mr. Jaime J. Cabante from UPSS Library, and members of UP Statistical Society and UP Variates, Inc.

 


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Dr. Mapa and his Plans for the School

 The sole nominee for Deanship of UP School of Statistics (UPSS), Dr. Claire Dennis S. Mapa, discussed his plans for the School last August 26, 2014 in a public forum attended by several stakeholders.

Dr. Mapa in a Public Forum for Deanship Nominees.

 An external search committee was formed to facilitate the nomination and selection activities for the next dean of the School. The external search committee was composed of the committee head, Dr. Josefina Natividad (UPPI); its members, Dr. Alyssa Peleo-Alampay (NIGS), Prof. Kathleen Lourdes Obille (SLIS), Dr. Manuel Ramos Jr. (UPCC), and Dr. Nimfa Mendoza (UPSE).

 Dr. Mapa started his presentation by highlighting two major improvements from the recent years - Infrastructure Development and Faculty Development. He cited the new building and improving faculty profile as evidence to such achievements. He then opened his plans regarding research programs, faculty and staff development, academic programs and extension services. Here are some of the plans he discussed in the public forum

Dr. Natividad opening the floor for Dr. Mapa during the Public Forum

On Research and Its Benefits

 Most of his plans were guided and taken from the recent faculty-and-staff planning workshop, but one of the new plans that he highlighted is the "Research Laboratory" program. He said that the "Research Labs" will be one of his flagship programs, if ever he'll be given the opportunity to serve.

 The "Research Labs" is an extension of the currently existing "study groups", wherein there are groups of graduate students headed by a senior faculty member that work on researches in a specific field of interest (e.g. computational statistics, high dimensional data, economic statistics, etc.). He aims to improve the existing program by giving incentives for every quality research. The "Research Labs" aims to target both boosting the School's research outputs and improving the completion rates in the graduate-level programs. He said that faculty members tend to react positively from incentives; hence, it may serve as an opportunity to engage not only the faculty members but also students in research.

 In addition, he pointed out that doing research will not only improve the School's profile but will also help the School in attaining its obligation to the nation. He said, "There's no inconsistency between doing research and solving problems of the country. ... We can use research to impact society."

On Faculty and Staff Development

 Dr. Mapa plans to use more resources in developing both teaching and non-teaching staff. He said that the number of faculty members in the PhD program has improved over the years, and he plans to keep the momentum. Moreover, he pointed out that several faculty members are currently taking PhD Degrees in different stages of completion, and it is expected to increase the proportion of PhD-holders among the faculty to about 75% by 2020.

 He also pointed out that most of the non-teaching staff are still young and are likely to stay for so many more years. Thus, he finds it important to channel resources for the development and advancement of the skills of the administrative staff. He pointed out that the duties of the teachers were made easier with the help of the staff.

On Academic Programs and Extension Services

 For the undergraduate program, he identified the variety of available statistics electives as one area for improvement. He said that there should be more elective courses esp. on the areas of market research and biostatistics. Moreover, he said that one likely reason why BS Statistics graduates don't choose to work in government agencies is that they don't understand or appreciate official statistics. Hence, he said that it is important to strengthen the course offering related to official statistics. Dr. Mapa also plans to strengthen programs that stimulate competitive research outputs among undergraduate students such as the faculty-student conference and the best undergraduate student paper awards.

 For the graduate programs, he said that he will get the help of Dr. Barrios, current dean, to push through the plan for a new graduate program: the Professional Master's Degree in Data Science Analytics. The new degree is planned to be a major offering in the upcoming UP Professional Schools in BGC. In addition to the research lab program, he plans to conduct a biennial Graduate Students Research Conference to encourage research among graduate students. Moreover, Dr. Mapa said that his research programs will help graduate students in the completion of their thesis or special topic problem.

 For the extension services, Dr. Mapa plans to expand the short course offerings of the School.

 Dr. Mapa ended the presentation for plans for the School with the following quote: Let me assure you that this leadership, if given the opportunity to serve, is willing to listen and discuss issues affecting the welfare of the stakeholders of School of Statistics. Let us find common ground where we can work together to achieve our objectives and strengthen the institution.

Four UPSS Faculty Members presented in COMPSTAT 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland

 Last December 18, 2013, the School participated in the annual tradition of lantern parade. Students, faculty, alumni and staff paraded with a lantern inspired by the University, the School and the Country. But with the recent catastrophic events that hit the Philippines, the UP community had once again reshaped this annual event for the lanterns to serve a more significant purpose - to give help.

Dean Barrios discussing with Dr. P. Buhlmann during a session on High-Dimensional Data Statistics

 Dean Erniel B. Barrios and 3 other members of the School of Statistics faculty presented their research papers in the 21st International Conference on Computational Statistics (COMPSTAT 2014) which is held at Geneva, Switzerland last August 19-22. This conference is a biennial event organized all over Europe, which aims to bring together statistical researchers and practitioners to discuss the current developments in computational methods, approaches for data analysis, and applications in statistics. A number of tutorials are conducted at the conference. COMPSTAT is celebrating its 40th anniversary which was first held in Vienna in 1974 and has been organized all over Europe.

Dr. Joseph Ryan Lansangan discussing his paper entitled
Simultaneous Dimension Reduction and Variable Selection in Modeling High Dimensional Data

 This year, more than 400 participants from around 30 countries participated in the conference. Around 370 presentations were given for the entire duration of the conference. Also this year, the conference hosted the 5th International Association for Statistical Computing (IASC) world congress. There were 3 keynote talks that were delivered by some of the most acclaimed personalities who deal with computation statistics: Peter Buhlmann from the Swiss Federal Institute in Zurich, Anthony Davison from the Swiss Federal Institute in Lausanne, and Xuming He from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Michael Daniel Lucagbo presenting his paper in a session on Computational Statistics

 Invited, organized and contributed oral presentations were grouped into several sessions and about 5 to 7 parallel sessions that lasted for about an hour and a half were conducted simultaneously. There were 4 batches of parallel sessions a day for the 4-day conference, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Mr. John Eustaquio discussing his research on nonparametric hypothesis testing for clustered survival model

 For those who wanted to have a brief background on some of the recent commonly-used statistical methods by the practitioners, two tutorials were conducted along with the afternoon presentations during the 1st and 3rd day of the conference. Aside from the tutorials and oral presentations, there were poster presentations were set up in the morning of the 2nd day of the conference, which allowed more research works to be presented. At the end of the parallel session on the last day of the conference, 2 awards were given which are for European Regional Section - International Association for Statistical Computing (ERS-IASC) Young Researchers Award, and for the winner of the Data Analysis Competition, sponsored by the International Association for Statistical Computing (IASC).

 Papers presented by UPSS faculty members in COMPSTAT 2014 will be presented in a colloquia series on the statistical sciences this September. On September 12, Mr. John Eustaquio and Mr. Michael Daniel Lucagbo will present their respective researches on conducting inference on data with clustering. On September 19, Dr. Joseph Ryan Lansangan and Dr. Erniel Barrios will share some of the methods they developed for high-dimensional data.

Former UPSS Dean Appointed as the First National Statistician

By Peter Cayton

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan and Newly Appointed National Statistician Dr. Lisa Grace S. Bersales
during the oath taking ceremony last April 22, 2014. (Photo from NEDA)

 Dr. Lisa Grace S. Bersales, former Dean of the UP School of Statistics and Vice President for Planning and Finance of the University of the Philippines System is appointed as the country's first National Statistician and head of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

 Dr. Bersales is one of the esteemed statisticians of contemporary Philippines, having published researches in locally and internationally recognized journals. One of her recent researches involved the review and restructuring of the socio-economic classification of the Philippines, which she presented in the most recent National Convention in Statistics. In addition, she has an extensive administrative work experience as a university official.

 The PSA is created in pursuant of the Republic Act No. 10625, or the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013. The Philippine Statistics Authority is the reorganization of four former agencies in the Philippine statistical system: National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), National Statistics Office (NSO), Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) of the Department of Agriculture, and the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) of the Department of Labor and Employment. As the head of the PSA, Dr. Bersales entails tasks that vary from that of a former NSCB Secretary General to that of a former Civil Registration Officer.

BS Stat Program Reviewed for Potential ASEAN University Network Accreditation

 January 13, 2014 - the ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) Assessment team visited UP Diliman to review the BS Statistics program, as a response to the School's application for an AUN accreditation. The AUN-QA Assessment team is composed of an AUN staff, Mr. Korn Batanagosoon, AUN Assessors, Dr. Pimpan Vimolvan of Chulalongkorn University and Dr. Wan Ahmad Kamil Che Mahmood of Universiti Sains Malaysia, and the AUN Executive Director, Dr. Nantana Gajaseni.

 The BS Statistics program, offered by UP School of Statistics, is the second program in the UP System to be assessed by AUN for a quality assurance accreditation. The ASEAN University Network is an association of universities within the Southeast Asian region that aims to ensure an internationally competitive and quality higher education among ASEAN countries. AUN grants accreditation to all qualified institutions or higher education programs, based on the network's quality assessment system. Dr. Gajaseni did mention that the AUN-QA Assessment system is the only regional quality assurance assessment system that is designed according to the cultural context of ASEAN countries.

 The AUN-QA Assessment team did the School's evaluation last January 13-15, 2014. On the first day of assessment, the School (students, faculty, alumni and staff), together with some guests, welcomed the assessment team in an opening ceremony at GT Toyota. Dr. Marilou Nicolas, Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Caesar Saloma, UP Diliman Chancellor, were also present in the opening ceremony, expressing their full support for the program's accreditation.

 During the opening ceremony, Dr. Erniel B. Barrios said, "The AUN Quality Assurance provides another opportunity to revisit the long-standing mission of the School. The Quality Assurance will help us reassess and revalidate the BS Statistics Program to ensure that it serves its purpose consistent with the mission of the School."

 Dr. Alfredo Pascual, UP President, also sponsored a welcome dinner at the Executive House during the first day of assessment.

 The main task of the AUN team is to cross-validate the self-assessment report that the School submitted to the AUN and to make recommendations thereafter. As a part of the evaluation, the AUN team interviewed college officials and few of the School's stakeholders, composing of faculty members, support staff, students, alumni and employers. In addition, the team was toured around the School's facilities and new building.

 By the third day, the AUN team presented their initial assessment in front of the School's stakeholders. Dr. Mahmood led the presentation of their initial assessment, which was then followed by an open forum. The final results regarding accreditation will be sent to the University in at most one and a half months after the assessment.

 With its current undertakings, the School definitely aligns itself to the University's honorific aspirations and getting a program accreditation from the ASEAN University Network is just one of the School's conscious efforts to ensure a quality higher education and excellence in Statistics.

The Story Behind the Lantern of UP School of Statistics

By Dessa Louise Clemenia

UP School of Statistics presenting its lantern in the amphitheater.

 Last December 18, 2013, the School participated in the annual tradition of lantern parade. Students, faculty, alumni and staff paraded with a lantern inspired by the University, the School and the Country. But with the recent catastrophic events that hit the Philippines, the UP community had once again reshaped this annual event for the lanterns to serve a more significant purpose - to give help.

 A few months back, our country particularly the Visayas region faced a major climatic disaster. Everything the people from the region once had - from trees to rice fields, from domesticated dogs to carabaos used for farming, from old wooden homes to concrete ones - were all washed away by Typhoon Yolanda. This disaster has left our Visayan country men empty-handed, traumatized and pained at the loss of their hard-earned money and possessions, their home and most especially their loved ones.

 In light of the recent event, the UP administration decided not to push through the lantern parade, cut down all costs and save whatever that is left for the Typhoon Yolanda victims. A new scheme was planned and approved, devising a new way of celebrating the Christmas season without spending so much. With the theme, "Maalab na Serbisyo Publiko ng Mapagkalingang Kampus", this year's lanterns must be made up of relief goods and donations and the materials that must be used are encouraged to be recyclable.

(Photo by Eduard Siquioco)

 As the school celebrates its 60th year, the UPSSSC had created a lantern that will serve as an embodiment of the school's support for the renewed purpose of the annual parade and at the same time, a symbol of sympathy towards the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. Different relief items had been incorporated, one of which were mineral water in bottles, which lined the boat's gunwhale. These bottled waters spread and refract the lights given out by colored fluorescent lamps, further illuminating the whole lantern. The mast, a wooden pole wrapped with toothbrush packs, firmly holds a sail that is made up of hygienic products like shampoo and toothpaste. The waves at the bottom are cartons lined with biscuits, coffee and other snacks that are wrapped in blue cellophane while the waves on the front part is actually a blue mosquito net. Medicines in blister packs fully cover the front portion of the vessel that matches the silver-painted wooden bow. Plastic bottles and disposable cups, painted and formed into various flowers and shapes, adorn the surface of the boat. But the main attraction of the lantern is the 5-foot tall sculpture of The Oblation that is made out of dried branches and twigs, painted with silver. Together with the lantern, The Oblation symbolizes hope and the coming of a new tomorrow for the victims of the recent disaster.

 The lantern of the School of Statistics was a product of the united hands who are always ready to help and give aid to those who are in need and fruit of the combined minds who always seek to inspire people to rebuild their lives again. The school's 60th year lantern is special, for it has become a tangible representation of hope this Christmas, for the students and for the people whom the students made it for.

UPSS freshman, George Ringo S. Manapat, placed 2nd in the 22nd PSQ - NCR finals

 UPSS freshman, George Ringo S. Manapat, landed second place in the 22nd Philippine Statistics Quiz - NCR finals.

 The annual nationwide statistics competition was conducted since 1992, designed to challenge freshmen college students' knowledge of Statistics taken from secondary education. Having said so, the competition is only opened for first time freshmen college students. UP Diliman, through the School of Statistics, has been consistently participating in the annual search for young Statistics geniuses. This year, George, a graduate of Caloocan Science High School, was chosen to represent UP Diliman.

George Ringo Manapat and his coach, Prof. Joseph Ryan Lansangan, receiving the prizes in the 22nd PSQ regional championships.

 The 22nd PSQ NCR regional championship was held at the Technological University of the Philippines-IRTC Auditorium, last November 14, 2013. Eighteen students from different colleges and universities in Metro Manila competed for this year's regional championship title. After three rounds of tight competition, George ended up second best in the NCR finals. The top 3 contestants were awarded with cash prizes, freebies/gift checks from sponsors, a medal and a trophy.

 

UPSS in the 12th National Convention on Statistics

 Several Faculty members, Students and Alumni of the UP School of Statistics actively participated in the recently concluded National Convention on Statistics, held last Oct 1-2, 2013 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel.

The First Plenary Session was headed by Prof. Monsod.

 This year, the National Convention on Statistics aimed to promote and discuss the importance of statistics in the country, bannering "Statistics that matter to every Filipino" as this year's theme. The two day program of the convention was mainly composed of four plenary sessions withseveral small room sessions in between. The plenary sessions talked about statistics in relation to inclusive growth, big data analytics, and climate-risk reduction. Some of prominent members of the plenary included Johannes Juting of PARIS21, Dr. Jose Ramon Albert of NSCB, Governor Joey Salceda of Albay province and among others.

Mr. Nicco de Jesus (center), current president of the UPSSAA, and Dr. Lisa Grace Bersales (fourth from the left), current UP Vice-President for Planning and Finance, joined in a panel discussion of the new and harmonized socio-economic classification system (SEC 2012).

 UPSS faculty members presented a paper or spearheaded a small room session, which was mainly about one of the many applications ofand developments in Statistics such as spatial statistics, computational statistics, statistics in education, statistics in socio-economic classification, theoretical statistics, among others.

UPSS professors, Dr. JoselitoMagadia, Prof. Francisco Delos Reyes and Dr. Claire Dennis S. Mapa, spearheading the discussion of spatial statistics and its applications.

 Also, the 14th annual faculty-student conference (FSC) was held as a part of sessions for the first day of convention. Several undergraduate and graduate students of UPSS presented their research papers, which included all the best undergraduate papers of batch 2013. The paper of Michael Van Supranes, Joy Pauline Adrienne Padua and John Francis Guntanwas recognized as the 2nd best undergraduate paper in this year's best undergraduate paper contest of FSC.

UPSS graduate, Joy Pauline Padua, receiving the recognition for the best undergraduate paper contest.

 (Some photographs are contributed by Gerard Santos.)

 

UP School of Statistics, Advancing Excellence in Statistics for 60 years and beyond

 October 1, 2013 - In line with the 60th founding anniversary, UP School of Statistics went to the streets of UP Diliman last Sept. 20, 2013 to promote the culture of "Statistical Thinking" within the University.

UPSTAT@60 on the Streets of UP Diliman.

 The School of Statistics was established in 1953 through a bilateral agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the United Nations. 60 years later, School of Statistics stands as one of the progressive and contemporaneous statistical institutions in Asia Pacific producing over a thousand graduates, which have been successful in their respective fields around the world. The School is also one of the first statistical institutions to be established as an independent academic unit. It also remains to be the only CHED accredited Center of Excellence in Statistics in the Philippines. Moreover, the School continues to pursue its unwavering advocacy of Statistical literacy in the Country.

Promotional Streamers along the University Ave. (Left), Commemorative exhibit inside the School (Right).

 "Statistics. Know more. No limits." is this year's Stat's banner statement in its goal to push forward statistical literacy within the University. Started on thesecond week of September, the importance of Statistics in different fields, such as biostatistics, market research, economics, finance, psychometrics, government statistics and many more, was promoted through streamers hanged around the academic oval and along the University Avenue. In addition,an exhibit was displayed in the School showing the growth and success of Statistics in the country. The School also celebrated and bannered the success of its graduates in competitions, prestigious faculty recognitions, international conferences, international award-giving bodies such as the Jan Tinbergen awards and many more. Finally, the advocacy culminates through a grand parade and motorcade around the academic oval, participated by students (some were even wearing colorful costumes), faculty, staff and alumni of the School, spreading the words about the power of Statistics.

Statistics. Know more. No limits. is this year's Stat's banner statement.

 "Statistical Thinking" is still to be geared up in the Filipino culture and the School is always ready to continue educating and servicing Filipinos to make it happen. Moreover, the School has more exciting years to come.In the near future, the School of Statistics is about to enter another milestone with its new building rising and academic programs being globalized, continuing its legacy in embodying excellence in Statistics.

UPSTAT@60: fun and colorful parade around the academic oval.

 (Photographs contributed by: UP School of Statistics Student Council, Eduard Siquioco and Michael Van Supranes.)

 

UPSS Graduate Students Won ISI Young Statisticians Competition

 Iris Ivy M. Gauran and Ma. Sofia Criselda A. Poblador won the 2013 International Statistical Institute's Jan Tinbergen Awards based on their paper "Classification of Congenital Hypothyroidism using Artificial Neural Networks". The paper is a requirement for a graduate course in UP School of Statistics. They will present the paper and receive the award during the 59th ISI World Statistics Congress to be held in Hong Kong from 25-30 August 2013. Jan Tinbergen Awards is a biennial competition for young statisticians (less than 31 years old) worldwide based on a research paper in the theory and applications of statistics.

Iris Ivy M. Gauran and Ma. Sofia Criselda A. Poblador, 2013 awardees of the ISI Jan Tinbergen Awards for Young Statisticians.

 Asst. Prof. Gauran (BS 2009, Cum Laude and MS 2012) is a tenured faculty of UPSS. She will be pursuing her PhD in University of Maryland Baltimore County starting September 2013. Asst. Prof. Poblador (BS 2009, Cum Laude and MS 2012) is a faculty member of College of Arts and Sciences of UP Manila.

 

Stock-X Challenge

 In the recently concluded First Metro Investment Corporation - Philippine Stock Exchange - Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines "Stock X Challenge" Series 3, held at the Philippine Stock Exchange Plaza on May 29, 2013, two of the top ten teams are from the School of Statistics, UP Diliman.

 Biannca Baysa of Team Bulaga ranked 3 out of the more than 150 teams that participated in the competition. Millete Santos and Mark Frederick Herrera ranked 9. The two teams were helped by Raquel Celeste and Jhele Sadsad, the previous champions for series 2, as their team advisers.

 The top 10 teams were:

  1. Team Mago - University of the Philippines Cebu
  2. Team 4FM4 - University of Santo Tomas
  3. Team Bulaga - University of the Philippines Diliman
  4. Team F21 - University of the Philippines Diliman
  5. Team Starry - Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna
  6. Team Pole Run - University of the Philippines Diliman
  7. Team Me - University of Santo Tomas
  8. Team Adamson - Adamson University
  9. Team Mangez - University of the Philippines Diliman
  10. Team Dash - University of the Phillippines Cebu

 The intercollegiate competition is used to promote financial education for the young generation. The goal of the competition is to get high profits by trading stocks using virtual money provided on a 5 month duration exposing teams to take risks and apply fundamental and technical analysis on stocks.

   

Two UPSS Faculty Awarded as UP Scientist

 The UP Scientific Productivity System recognizes faculty with excellent research outputs. In 2012, two of the 40 UP Scientists awarded in UP Diliman were from the School of Statistics. Dr. Dennis S. Mapa was awarded UP Scientist 1 (2012-2014) for his work on Population and Economic Growth. This is the first appointment of Dr. Mapa as UP Scientist. Prof. Erniel B. Barrios was promoted to UP Scientist III (2012- 2014) from the previous appointment of UP Scientist I (2009-2011) for his work on Computational and Nonparametric Statistics. Congratulations Dr. Mapa and Prof. Barrios!

   

Junior Statistics Faculty of UP Diliman in International Conferences

 Four junior faculty members of the University of the Philippines School of Statistics would be presenting their research papers on international conferences in statistics and other fields of discipline. Assistant Professor Peter Julian Cayton will present his research paper on financial econometrics title "Time Varying Methods in Value-at-Risk Estimation" at the Bachelier Finance Society 7th World Congress 2012. The conference would be held at the Hilton Sydney Hotel in Sydney, Australia from June 19 to June 22, 2012. At the 2nd Asian Population Association Conference in Bangkok, Thailand from August 26 to 29, 2012, Mr. Michael Daniel Lucagbo would be presenting his research paper in population econometrics titled "The Link Between Subsistence Poor and Young Dependents: Evidence from Household Surveys". The research paper on computational statistics titled "Nonparametric Modeling of Clustered Survival Data" will be presented by Ms. Iris Ivy Gauran at the 20th International Conference on Computational Statistics at Amathus Beach Hotel in Limassol, Cyprus to be held from August 27 to 31, 2012. Assistant Professor Kevin Carl Santos will present at the 2012 International Conference on Methods of Surveying and Enumerating Hard-to-Reach Populations his research paper in sampling designs titled "Predicted Accuracy of Fitted Logistic Regression Model Using Ranked Set Sampling". The conference would be held at the New Orleans Marriot Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

   

UPSS Professor is Invited Speaker in Conference

 The International Conference on Advances in Probability and Statistics - Theory and Applications on December 28-31, 2011 will be hosted by The Chinese University of Hongkong in honor of Prof. N. Balakrishnan's 30 years of contributions to statistics. Prof. E. Barrios is an invited speaker in the session on Multivariate Statistical Analysis where he will present the paper Semiparametric Principal Components Poisson Regression on Clustered Data co-authored with K. Manalaysay.

   

Faculty Will Present Papers in International Conferences

 Four faculty members of the School of Statistics will present papers in different international conferences. Josefina V. Almeda will present the paper "Mathematics Anxiety Scale for Filipino Students: Reliability, Validity, and Bias Detection" in the 2011 International Meeting of the Psychometric Society in Hongkong on July 19-22, 2011. Manuel Albis will present "Determinants of Poverty in Elderly-Headed Households in the Philippines" in the 2011 Singapore Economic Review Conference on August 4-6, 2011. John Carlo Daquis will present "Nonparametric Transfer Function Models with Localized Temporal Effect" and Erniel Barrios will present "Nonparametric Principal Components Regression" during the 5th World Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute on August 22-26, 2011 in Ireland.

   

UP School of Statistics Professor and MOS Graduate to receive Awards from the NAST

 UP School of Statistics Associate Professor and Director for Research, Dr. Dennis S. Mapa, and Master of Statistics (MOS) Graduate, Mr. Jose Oliver Q. Suaiso, will receive the 2011 Outstanding Scientific Paper Awards from the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Dr. Mapa and Mr. Suaiso will receive the honour for the research paper they co-authored entitled Measuring Market Risk using Extreme Value Theory (EVT). The paper was published in The Philippine Review of Economics (PRE) in December 2009.

 This is the third time that Dr. Mapa will receive the Outstanding Scientific Paper Award, having won in the same category in 2007 and 2010.

 The awards will be given during the awarding ceremonies of the 33nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the NAST at the Manila Hotel on July 14, 2011.

   

UP School of Statistics Professors and Students won Awards from the NAST

 U.P. School of Statistics Professors, Dr. Dennis S. Mapa and Dr. Lisa Grace S. Bersales, received the 2010 Outstanding Scientific Publication Award from the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Drs. Mapa and Bersales received the honor for the research paper they co-authored entitled Population Dynamics and Household Savings: Evidence from the Philippines. The paper was published in The Philippine Statistician.

 In another category, the paper of Dr. Dennis S. Mapa and UP School of Statistics Students, Michael Daniel C. Lucagbo and Czarina Lei S. Ignacio, won the 2010 Best Sciencitic Poster Award for the their paper Is Income Growth Enough to Reduce Fertility Rate? Empirical Evidence from Regional Panel Data.

 The awards were given during the closing ceremonies of the 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the NAST held at the Manila Hotel last July 15, 2010.

   

UP School of Statistics Professors and Students won Awards from the NAST

 U.P. School of Statistics Professors, Dr. Dennis S. Mapa and Dr. Lisa Grace S. Bersales, received the 2010 Outstanding Scientific Publication Award from the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Drs. Mapa and Bersales received the honor for the research paper they co-authored entitled Population Dynamics and Household Savings: Evidence from the Philippines. The paper was published in The Philippine Statistician.

 In another category, the paper of Dr. Dennis S. Mapa and UP School of Statistics Students, Michael Daniel C. Lucagbo and Czarina Lei S. Ignacio, won the 2010 Best Sciencitic Poster Award for the their paper Is Income Growth Enough to Reduce Fertility Rate? Empirical Evidence from Regional Panel Data.

 The awards were given during the closing ceremonies of the 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the NAST held at the Manila Hotel last July 15, 2010.

   

UPSS Faculty and BS Statistics students to present papers at the Annual Scientific Conference of the Philippine Population Association (PPA)

 UP School of Statistics (UPSS) faculty members Dr. Dennis S. Mapa and Mr. Manuel Leonard F. Albis and BS Statistics students Manilyn L. Davila, Michael Daniel C. Lucagbo and Czarina Lei S. Ignacio are scheduled to present their papers at the Annual Scientific Conference of the Philippine Population Association (PPA) at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City on February 4 to 5, 2010.

 Dr. Dennis S. Mapa, Manuel Leonard F. Albis and Manilyn L. Davila will present their paper entitled "Getting Old before Getting Rich: An Analysis of the Economic State of the Elderly in the Philippines."

 Michael Daniel C. Lucagbo, Dr. Dennis S. Mapa and Czarina Lei S. Ignacio will present their paper entitled "Is Income Growth Enough to Reduce Fertility Rate in the Philippines? Empirical Evidence from Regional Panel Data".

 The Philippine Population Association is the association of Demographers and Population Scientists in the Philippines. The association is a dynamic, quality-driven organization of professionals who are engaged in population and population-related activities, which promotes a scientific base for addressing population and population-related issues through research and dissemination, training and extension, and keeps population issues at the forefront of public consciousness.

   

UPSS Faculty and BS Statistics students to present paper at the Roundtable Discussion on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)

 UP School of Statistics (UPSS) Associate Professor and Director for Research Dr. Dennis S. Mapa and BS Statistics students Fatima C. Han and Kristine Claire O. Estrada are scheduled to present their paper at the Roundtable Discussion on the MDG #1 (Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger): Reviewing the Data, Identifying Gaps, and Assessing Performance on 2 February 2010 at Traders Hotel, Roxas Blvd.

 In another category, the paper of Dr. Dennis S. Mapa and UP School of Statistics Students, Michael Daniel C. Lucagbo and Czarina Lei S. Ignacio, won the 2010 Best Sciencitic Poster Award for the their paper Is Income Growth Enough to Reduce Fertility Rate? Empirical Evidence from Regional Panel Data.

 Dr. Dennis S. Mapa, Fatima C. Han and Kristine Claire O. Estrada will present their paper entitled "Food Inflation, Underemployment and Hunger Incidence in the Philippines: A Vector AutoRegressive (VAR) Analysis."

 The roundtable discussion is one of the activities of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) which aims to support the Philippine Commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs assessment project of NAST aims to monitor progress toward their achievement in partnership with concerned agencies. The result of the project will be presented during the NAST Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) in July 2010 with the theme "The MDGs and the State of the Nation".

   

BS Statistics Freshman Won in PSQ

 Michael Van Supranes, a freshman BS Statistics student is the regional champion NCR) in the 18th Philippine Statistics Quiz. He also won 5th place in the national finals last December 4, 2009. His coach was Prof. Joseph Ryan Lansangan. Congratulations!

   

Prof. Lansangan Presents in ICCFE

 Prof. Joseph Ryan G. Lansangan will present a paper co-authored with E. Barrios entitled Sparse Principal Component Regression at the 3rd International Conference of Computational and Financial Econometrics on October 29-31 in Limassol, Cyprus. This conference is co-sponsored by the International Association of Statistical Computing (IASC), the largest international organization of computational statisticians and a section under the International Statistical Institute (ISI). The conference follows a workshop format, where participants present a working paper. Later on, a revised paper will be submitted and sent for review to be possibly included in the Special Issue of Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, one of the leading journals in this area. The paper is part of Prof. Lansangan's PhD Dissertation (on high dimensional data visualization and analysis).

   

Dr. Jeffry J. Tejada Will Present in the 57th Session of ISI

 Dr. Jeffry J. Tejada an Associate Professor and Director for Computing Laboratory of the UP School of Statistics will present his paper entitled Trend and Random Components of the Levy Fractional Brownian Motion at the 57th Session of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) on August 15-24, 2009 in Durban, South Africa. The ISI is the most prestigious international statistical organization and this conference is the most attended conference by statisticians worldwide. Dr. Tejada's paper is an important contribution in the growing literature of spatial statistics where he started working on for his PhD dissertation. Dr. Tejada will also serve as Chair of one Session in the said conference.

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