The Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) celebrated its 15th founding anniversary with a weeklong festivity which started on February 18, 2013. Traditional anniversary activities included the INSTAT Family Feud, Pasiklabatch and Sportfest and culminated with a symposium entitled “Statistics for an Informed Comprehensive Planning for Local Government Units” held on February 26. 
Three experts were invited to present papers in the symposium, namely Dr. Alice G. Laborte (UPLB BS Statistics ’90) from the International Rice Research Institute Geographic Information System, Wilfredo E. Cabezon (UPLB BSA major in Statistics ‘69), assistant director of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management, and Manuel Rangasa, executive director of Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development, Inc. 
Awarding ceremonies were also held to proclaim the winners of the different events and to recognize deserving students who have made it to the honor roll, the Dean’s List or the Chancellor’s List. Outstanding teachers in the Institute were also acknowledged with Mr. James Roldan S. Reyes garnering the Highest SET Award, Ms. Jhoanne C. Ynion the Outstanding Junior Faculty, and Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, the Outstanding Senior Faculty.
Members of the Disaster Risk Reduction Office of Bay Calamba, Famy, Los Baños, Lumban, Nagcarlan, San Pablo, Sta. Cruz and Victoria; students and faculty from the various colleges in UPLB and representatives from government institutions like PhilRice graced the symposium.
This year’s activities were in keeping with INSTAT’s mission for social relevance and social responsibility and ensuring an enabling environment for academic excellence and wellbeing among students, staff and the community.