Market Monitor : The Analyser
By Mike G. Jamisola, Feb. 12, 2023
What was just a bold and creative digital design to create its own database has come to a solid realization and it looks like there's no stopping the National Commission of Senior Citizens (NCSC) from completing it. From a measly 31,241 registrants in its seniors’ online data collection on Dec . 11, 2022 -- NCSC set a new milestone by hitting the 500,000 benchmarks in its aggressive senior citizens' online registration campaign in the official ncsc.gov.ph website. The record feat was achieved last Feb. 10 at exactly 4:21 pm, barely 74 days after it was officially launched on Nov. 28, 2022. What is more encouraging is that from a gradual average of 4,000 to 6,000 registrants per day in the first month of the campaign, it has exponentially grown to a whopping 13,000 to 14,000 plus a day. NCSC IT experts confirm that the total number of senior citizen registrants could easily go up to 1 million in real-time after the manual registration process across the nation has been tallied. On January 16, Nueva Vizcaya became the first fully compliant in terms of manual accomplishment of senior citizen data forms with more provinces going the same way in just a matter of time. NCSC Northern Luzon Comm. Reymar Mansilungan has earlier cited Governor Carlos M. Padilla and the active leaders of senior citizens in the province for their untiring efforts led by FSCABCI Pres. Jovencita C. Balut in making this feat possible. Under the new improved and enhanced senior citizen data forms, the NCSC has added some vital features to include the older person’s source of income (if any), skill set, and health profile, among others. NCSC Chairman Atty. Franklin Quijano earlier said that the enhanced NCSC senior citizens data form can be accessed and downloaded via the official National Commission of Senior Citizens website – ncsc.gov.ph Under this process, internet-savvy users can fill up the forms and sign up for free without hassle. Quijano explained that NCSC’s aggressive online registration campaign is part of its effort to build an updated, enhanced, and reliable database of all Filipino senior citizens as it generates faster collection of data than manual registration. He, however, added that those who are digitally challenged or living in areas where there is no internet connectivity can still do it through regional NCSC coordinators, who bring with them hard copies of forms and physically interact with seniors and have them fill up the forms manually. A database is an organized collection of structured information, or data, typically stored electronically in a computer system. A database is usually controlled by a database management system (DBMS). Together, the data and the DBMS, along with the applications that are associated with them, are referred to as a database system, often shortened to just a database. Data within the most common types of databases in operation today is typically modeled in rows and columns in a series of tables to make processing and data querying efficient. The data can then be easily accessed, managed, modified, updated, controlled, and organized. Most databases use structured query language (SQL) for writing and querying data and in this case, it will be customized to determine the total number of senior citizens nationwide to include their enhanced and updated profile. According to the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, there were 12,336,355 Filipinos aged 60 years and above as of May 2020.
Photo # 1 -- NCSC hits a new milestone.
Photo # 2 -- NCSC Chairman Franklin Quijano, the brains behind the program.
Photo # 3 -- Nueva Vizcaya Gov. Carlos Padilla with NCSC officials and staff.