of the 25th PSQ Regional Finals (L-R): Mr. Ben Julian M.
Merales, Mr. Adonis Rancie G. Handog and Mr. Filbert M.
UPVTC’s Comp Sci
student is the 25th PSQ regional champ!
November 13, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – Mr.
Ben Julian M. Merales, BS Computer Science student of the University
of the Philippines -Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC), won the 25th
Philippine Statistics Quiz (PSQ) Regional Finals conducted on 12
November 2019 at Leyte Park Hotel, Tacloban City.
Mr. Merales emerged as
regional champion, besting 18 other contestants, after scoring 24
points in the three (3) rounds of questions and answers on
statistical theories and problems. Completing the top three (3) were
Mr. Adonis Rancie G. Handog of the Visayas State University Main
Campus - second place, and Mr. Filbert M. Abalon of the University
of Eastern Philippines - third place. Winners were given cash prize
of P15,000, P12,000 and P10,000, respectively, and certificate of
recognition. Likewise, respective winning coaches received cash
prize equivalent to half of their contestant’s prize aside from the
certificate of recognition from the PSQ organizers.
The PSQ is a nationwide
annual contest conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
in partnership with the Philippine Statistical Association Inc. (PSAI),
in line with the National Statistics Month (NSM) Celebration. It is
designed to test the knowledge in statistics of freshmen students
enrolled in colleges and universities and to identify and nurture
talents especially in the field of statistics. It also aims to
contribute to the advocacy in the use of statistics for
evidence-based decision making. The results of the contest can also
provide indications of the effectiveness of the statistics component
of mathematics as a subject in the secondary curriculum.
The 25th PSQ Regional
Finals was conducted simultaneously with the 16 regions in the
country. Mr. Merales will represent Eastern Visayas to the 25th PSQ
National Finals which will be conducted on 29 November 2019 in Metro