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PIA Press Release
2006/10/02

NSO intensifies registration of birth in Mt Province

by Juliet Saley

BONTOC, Mt. Province (2 October) -- Despite the intensified campaign on birth registration conducted by the Local Civil Registrars and the National Statistics Office (NSO) in the province, there are still residents who are not yet registered.

Provincial Statistics Officer Peter Saguilot, Jr. cited some reasons for non-registration as due to negligence. This includes failure of the midwife/traditional birth attendant as well as the parents to register the child even if they know that the child is unregistered; lack of awareness on the importance of birth registration and the procedure on how to register the child.

In some barangays, registering birth is not inherent/common practice among the tribe or culture and traditional birth attendant are not trained to register birth.

Other factors are; parents were unmarried during the birth of the child or the child was abandoned by real parents and the distance to Civil Registry Office and registration related fees.

To attain a 100% registration rate on births and other vital events that occurred to all residents of the province, the NSO has strengthened its Birth Registration Program.

Saguilot said the Local Civil Registrars, instead of waiting for the parents to go to their office to register their children, are the ones going out with the assistance of some trained NSO personnel and the Barangay Health Workers to conduct survey in the different barangays to determine unregistered people and have them be registered.

In municipalities where an ordinance requiring registration fee exists, the NSO asked them to repeal such ordinance to give everybody the chance to be registered.

According to Saguilot, a person who is not registered with the Civil Registry Office where he is born is considered non-existing because he is not listed among those people who were born in said place. Hence, his identity and nationality are not established and this closes his doors for opportunities.

There are six municipalities in this province that have already implemented the Birth Registration Program but with only the municipality of Natonin attaining 100% registration rate of births. The towns of Bauko, Tadian, Sagada, Barlig and Bontoc attained between 96 % - 99% registration rate of births.

Saguilot said the reason given why these municipalities cannot attain 100% registration rate is that those who moved out of town cannot be located.

The municipality of Sadanga is expected to implement this program in October.

Saguilot informed that the NSO after validating the reports of the Local Civil Registrars released one unit of computer set to each LCR for them to use to input their data so that it would be easier to access reports. (PIA-MP) [top]

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