Iligan City observes Civil Registration Month
by Lorry V. Gabule
Cagayan de Oro City (11 February) -- February of every year has been declared as Civil Registration Month. For this year's observation bears the theme, "Civil Registration: Key to Global Opportunities".
Asuncion S. Avenido, Head, Iligan City Civil Registrar's Office, said the Barangay Civil Registration System (BCRS) Training will highlight the celebration.
The training, in coordination with the National Statistics Office (NSO), will be held at the pilot barangay, Kiwalan, Iligan City, on February 12.
Avenido said that they are aiming, through BCRS, at getting a 100% registration of births at the barangay level.
She said that the barangay secretary, midwives, and zone presidents will undergo the training.
There will also be a mass wedding program during the celebration.
"Despite the economic crisis and the suspension of acceptance of petition for correction of clerical error and change of first name in the previous months due to pending appointment of the city registrar, we were able to collect civil registry collections in the amount of P1,058,741.00 for year 2008," Avenido revealed.
Avenido added, "Our report showed that, for births, we have registered a total of 10,258; for marriages, 1,710; deaths, 2,074; out of town registration of birth, 60; and, request for electronic endorsement consisted of advance authentication with 360 for births, 73 for deaths and 129 for marriage."
For legal instruments, Avenido shared that the city have registered the following: authority to use the surname of the father,108; legitimation, 227; availment of Republic Act 9048, also known as "correction of clerical error", 586; change of first name, 54; and court decrees registered,119.
For the period January to December 2008, there were 13 barangays which availed of the mass wedding program of the city, with 626 couples solemnized by City Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz.
"As part of our whole-year round activity, we have scheduled a barangay mobile registration for applicants who want to avail the city's mass wedding program," said Avenido.
Moreover, she added that they have a schedule of a day free issuance of certification of births, deaths and marriages on February 27.
The Civil Registry Law, otherwise known as Act of 3753 is on its 78th anniversary celebration this year. (PIA Iligan) [top]