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NSO celebrates 2009 Civil Registration Month

General Santos City (20 February) (20 February) -- The National Statistics Office (NSO)-SOCSARGEN has once again become a prime mover in the annual celebration of the Civil Registration Month this February 2009.

NSO celebrates the theme "CIVIL REGISTRATION: KEY TO GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES" with other stakeholders, the Local Civil Registrar's Office (LCRO) and the League of Civil Registration Officers SOCSARGEN, and other agencies/ offices/ organizations concerned with civil registration like the Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD), solemnizing Officers of the different religious groups, and other advocates of civil registration.

Highlighting the month long celebration is the National Birth Registration Day on February 23. The Local Civil Registrar's Office in respective city & municipalities in SOCSARGEN have also prepared activities in their own offices. Some activities include mobile registration, kasalan ng bayan, and other information, education, and communication (IEC) campaigns.

The NSO is mandated to carry out civil registration functions in the country and its information dissemination activities aims to empower the general public on the importance of civil registration in the daily lives of Filipinos.

Registration of Vital Events such as Birth, Marriage and Death affects our daily transactions of individuals. An undocumented child becomes invisible in society and is not counted in planning of benefits. Without a birth certificate, an individual may not be enrolled in school, vote, travel or work abroad, get a driver's license or 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), said Carla Fusilero of the NSO.

Fusilero also said registration comes more importantly, in cases that a person falls victims to or commits a crime, unregistered children may be mistaken for adults, when in fact they qualify for special treatment as children. "Children are extremely vulnerable to exploitations by people with nefarious intents like, drug traffickers, slave traders, unscrupulous employers, militia, criminal gangs and the likes," she added.

Civil Registration also affects the demographic and economic aspects of the nation. The registration of births gives statistics on the crude birth or crude death rates 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.

Also these data are necessary for government budgetary provisions for adequate services and facilities, Fusilero explained.

The NSO continues to provide civil registration products and services at the General Santos City Serbilis Outlet located at Partridge Bldg., J. Catolico Sr. Avenue, Lagao, General Santos City.

NSO charges any authenticated documents such as converted Birth, Marriage, and Death certificates at P140 while Certificate of No Marriage is P195.

CENOMAR or the certificate of no marriage is a requirement for wedding, legitimization, among others. This document which proves that an individual is an eligible "single" is being required foremost before any individual can get married.

For more information, please contact NSO at Telephone No. (083) 552-2502 and Telefax 301-0495. (NSO/PIA SarGen) [top]

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