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NSO celebrates civil registration month

General Santos City (13 February) -- The National Statistics Office-SOCSARGEN joins other stakeholders such as the Local Civil Registrar's Office (LCRO) and the League of Civil Registration Officers SOCSARGEN, and other agencies/ offices/ organizations concerned in the annual celebration of the Civil Registration Month this February 2008.

This year's theme "Tamang Rehistro, Daan Sa Kinabukasan Mo" intends to capture the youth which comprise the biggest fraction of the population.

The celebration also aims to elicit youth awareness as future nation builders and convey to public the significance and uses of civil registration as key to a better future.

Highlighting the month-long celebration is the National Birth Registration Day on February 23.

Mandated to carry out civil registration functions in the country, NSO's information dissemination activities aim to empower the general public on the importance of civil registration in Filipinos' lives.

Registration of vital events such as Birth, Marriage and Death affects our daily transactions as individuals. An undocumented child becomes invisible in society and is not counted in government's planning of benefits, said Provincial Officer Ruben Abarro.

Without a birth certificate, an individual may not be enrolled in school, vote, travel or work abroad, he added.

Also unregistered individual is not allowed to get a driver's license; take a professional exam such as board exams and bar exams; open a bank account; get married; be employed in an office or apply for military training; claim inheritance and be entitled to other benefits given by the government (tax exemptions, retirement benefits, senior citizen's benefits).

More importantly, when falling victims to or committing a crime, unregistered children may be mistaken for adults, when in fact, they qualify for special treatment as children under Republic Act No. 9344, otherwise known as the Juvenile Justice System, NSO told PIA SarGen.

It added that children are extremely vulnerable to exploitations by people with nefarious intents like, drug traffickers, slave traders, unscrupulous employers, militia, criminal gangs and the like.

Civil Registration also affects the demographic and economic aspects of the nation. The registration of births gives us statistics on the crude birth rate or crude death rate and other statistics of the country, thus, it aids the government in putting up birth plans and other programs for the betterment of the country, NSO explained.

The data are also necessary for government budgetary provisions for adequate services and facilities.

NSO continues to provide civil registration products and services at its new office located at Partridge Bldg., J. Catolico Sr. Avenue, Lagao, General Santos City (Previously Sarangani Packaging Office). Clients may also call NSO at telephone Nos. (083) 552-2502 and Telefax 301-0495.

It also advised general public that payment for authenticated documents is still at P125 such as Converted Birth, Marriage, and Death while a Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) a requirement for wedding, legitimation to name a few, that proves that an individual is an eligible "single" is P180. (NSO SocSarGen/PIA SarGen) [top]

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