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PIA Press Release
2009/02/01

NSO spearheads celebration of Civil Registration Month in February

Tacloban City (February 1) -- Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 682, signed by then President Corazon Aquino on 28 January 1991, celebration of Civil Registration Month is observed this February.

Relative to the celebration, the National Statistics Office in coordination with some non-government organizations and the Local Registry Offices nationwide usually observes the event by initiating different activities like conduct of mass weddings, various information campaign, offer of free civil registration in the local areas, conduct of symposia, trainings, exhibits, radio and TV guestings, and other related activities that gives emphasis on the importance to civil registration.

NSO is encouraging everyone to be a part of their commitment and endeavor to educate and inculcate to the general public the real value of being a registered legal citizen of the country, and be conscious in registering vital event in our area. Observations have it that there are still a number of unregistered vital events nationwide.

Relative to the event, February 23 of every year is observed as Universal Birth Registration Day as declared by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It will be noted that birth records may be used in claiming some inheritance, training ancestry, and establishment of an identity, to name a few.

For an effective implementation of the civil registration, the local government units, the church, the different government and non-government organizations are urged to work hand-in-hand with the Local Civil Registrars to make this endeavor a fruitful one.

Civil Registration is a continuous, permanent and compulsory recording of vital events in the life of an individual as birth, marriage, death as well as decrees, legal instruments and judicial orders affecting his civil status in appropriate Registers as mandated by Civil Registry Law.

Civil Registration was made compulsory in the Philippines with the enactment of the Civil Registry Law (Act 3753) approved on 26 November 1930 and which took effect on 27 February 1931.

The Civil Registry Law requires the registration in appropriate civil registry books all facts and acts concerning the civil status of persons from birth to death, including subsequent modifications thereof. Registered documents have legal, administrative and statistical values. From legal point of view, they are considered prima facie evidence of the truth of the data contained therein.

It's also an ideal source of statistics in important demographic processes such as fertility, mortality and nuptiality which in turn are the basic important information needed for monitoring population growth. (PIA-8) [top]

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