WHEREAS, in the interest of a more progressive and prosperous Philippines, it is desirable to encourage and promote the use of statistical data in the solution of social and economic problems;
WHEREAS, to attain this objective, it is necessary to fully inform the public of the benefits to be derived from a program of statistical promotion and development and to disseminate applications of statistics to the service of human welfare; and
WHEREAS, it is essential that this program of statistical development in government and research necessary for wise administration and planning be assured of the widest possible public support;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ramon Magsaysay, President of the Philippines, do hereby declare the period from January 9 to 15, as Statistics Week, I call upon all government offices and instrumentalities throughout the country as well as all private entities and individuals to participate in the proper observance of said period, to give fullest publicity to the statistical promotion activities organized in connection therewith, and otherwise to generously support the Philippine Statistical Association, Inc. in its task of fostering statistics and its applications, of promoting unity and effectiveness of effort among all concerned with statistical problems, and of increasing the contribution of statistics to human welfare, I especially call on the schools, various chambers, professional organizations’ and societies, civic organizations and service clubs to devote one day of said period to a program of education for the promotion of knowledge of facts and figures as a healthy basis for knowing our social and economic status and progress and that democracy laid by well informed citizens and administrators is a true democracy in action.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
Done in the City of Manila, this 2nd day of January, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and fifty four, and of the Independence of the Philippines, the eighth.
President of the Philippines
By the President:
FRED RUIZ CASTRO