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NSO, LCRs commemorate National Birth Registration Day

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (28 February) -- In commemoration of National Birth Registration Day on February 23 and in line with the celebration of Civil Registration Month in February, the National Statistics Office, guided all their Field Offices and Local Civil Registry Offices to undertake a free issuance of certifications on said date

Baguio City Civil Registrar Sylvia Laudencia said that they have given free certified copy of certificates (birth, marriage, death) to about 250 patrons last Feb 23 and as part of the Civil Registration Month, they also held a training for the filling up of the new NSO registration form to all solemnizing officers, hospital and health workers.

NSO-CAR Statistical Coordination Officer Jeanesol Ticbayan also confirmed that their regional office and all their field office in the region, gave free certificates to their first 23 patrons, last February 23. They also held mobile registration in the barangays for the whole month of February.

Meantime, Benguet Statistical Coordinator Delano Balislis Jr said they held information and education campaign on civil registration in the municipalities of Itogon, Tuba, Kapangan, Bakun and Kibungan.

Presidential Proclamation 682, issued by former president Corazon Aquino in January 1991, declared the month of February of each year as Civil Registration Month.

"This year's theme is "Civil Registration: Key to Global opportunities".

Gaudencia also advised the public on the importance of making sure of entering the right entries or details when registering for the birth certificates of their children, as most of the cases they are encountering are corrections of wrong entries, due to clerical errors. In 2008 alone they have encountered about 800 such cases, she added.

Other issues that the City civil registry office is focusing are lectures on family planning and monitoring birth simulation. According to Gaudencia, birth simulation could be a legal impediment to the end-users someday, especially, on claims and on immigrating abroad. She also confirmed that in Baguio, the number of children being born every month has a ratio of 4 is to 1, compared to their records of death. There is also a rise on teenage or young adult mothers in the city, she added. (PIA) [top]

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