NSO reopens Serbilis Center
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (10 February) -- The Serbilis Center of the National Statistics Office (NSO) here reopened February 4, eight months after the much-sought after service was stopped due to Typhoon Frank.
Typhoon Frank placed the former office of the NSO under five feet of flood water leaving in its wake tons of knee-deep mud, which destroyed all office equipment and computers used to access information to cater to the requests of Aklanons and residents of neighboring provinces for copies of their birth and marriage certificates, certificates of no marriage record for those planning to get married, and death certificates of relatives.
The reopening was graced by Administrator and Civil Registrar-General Hon. Carmencita Erecta, NSO 6 Regional Director Norman Julag-ay, provincial and local officials, clients and the local media.
NSO-Aklan Provincial Statistics Officer Blas M. Solidum said that the Serbilis Center will be serving the public faster this time because of the bigger number of computers provided by the NSO for the service.
"After eight months, Aklanons needing copies of their documents on security paper need not go anymore to Iloilo City and line up for hours, because we have reopened the service here. They will not spend money for fare and travel for hours anymore," Solidum said.
According to the NSO, 80% of Filipinos who secure their documents from the office used them for travel purposes, like working abroad, etc.
To secure the equipments and computers and to provide a more comfortable place for clients, NSO-Aklan has moved to a bigger office at N. Roldan St. from its former one at F. Quimpo St.
Solidum said the usual services of the NSO like collecting data and conducting surveys never stopped after Typhoon Frank.
According to him, their workload on surveys even increased, as other government agencies also tasked them to conduct surveys for them.
During the reopening, members of the media and a big number of clients availed of the free Serbilis service of NSO and were able to get copies of their documents on security paper. (PIA) [top]