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NSO reactivates RCCR to ensure 100% registration

By Jonnie H. Buenaventura

Tacloban City (16 June) -- The National Statistics Office (NSO) as lead agency in the civil registration has called for a special meeting for the re-activation of the Regional Council on Civil Registration (RCCR).

RCCR was formed during the time of former NSO Regional Director Rolando Dimaunahan way back 2006 with the vision in achieving a 100% registration for the period 2005-2010 in accordance with the National Plan of Action for Children and Child 21 as contained in the Memorandum signed by the member inter-agency committed to help achieve such vision before the target year.

According to NSO Regional Director Raul F. Dones, the RCCR plays a vital role in accomplishing such big task in order to ensure that civil registration should be carried out in its entirety and to instill public awareness that will create an impression among parents to encourage them to register their child within 30 calendar days after delivery.

Director Dones is amenable that "Target Zero Program Rehistro" which their office would like to achieve remained a vision before the target year expires because there are obstacles in the registration process that should be addressed by the local government units.

He mentioned that under our national policy, birth registration of a child should be free of charge but because some if not all local government units in region 8 collect a fee for the registration of birth by passing an executive order, ordinance and resolution to that effect, he said.

He said that this might be one of the reasons why parents do not register their child after birth because of the fee being collected by the local government units or was just neglected by the parents until such document is necessary for determination of filiation or other requirements needed in government and commercial transactions.

Director Dones is still hopeful to increase the birth registration despite the barriers by activating the RCCR for it involve three committees such as Barangay Civil Registration System Committee, Policy Advocacy Committee and Public Advocacy Committee that will help in crafting measures to resolve the issue and assure 100% registration.

Director Dones emphasized that the Philippines is one of the signatories to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which provides that every child should be registered immediately after birth and shall have the right to a name and nationality.

To have a name and nationality are basic human rights that should not be spared by few individuals for it determined the existence of a human being and guarantees right to survival, development, protection and participation, he said.

Director Dones said that out of 88.5-million population of the country as of August 2007, 7-million Filipinos were not registered. (PIA-8) [top]

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