DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA)—Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Provincial Head Engr. Ariel Fortutio called for everyone to be included in the civil registry during a Kapihan sa PIA forum held in observance of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Month this February.
Civil registration and vital statistics systems are important in providing accurate, complete, consistent and continuous registration of a person’s birth, marriage, death and other events of life as basis in establishing his/her legal identity.
Moreover, Fotuito said these information are vital in creating a permanent factual record of a person’s right to a name, nationality, establishing of family relationships and inheritance rights, basis for proof of age, and nature and cause of death.
PSA Negros Island Region (NIR) Regional Director Ariel Florendo, in the same forum, disclosed that civil registration is first done at the Local Civil Registry (LCR) office after which the LCR will assign registry number of the documents before forwarding to PSA for archiving in Manila.
PSA now becomes the depository office of all documents from the LCR.
As part of the observance of CVRS month, PSA in cooperation with Local Civil Registrars will conduct mobile registration in the different towns and cities in Negros Oriental reaching out to remote barangays to ensure that everyone will be counted in the civil registry.
However, Florendo emphasized that mobile registration is effective but lacking because it is not done everyday.
With this limitation, PSA aims to create an association of barangay secretaries to assist them in bringing the information to the farthest barangays in the province.
Florendo added that PSA is reaching out to the public for a free seminar and convention especially with solemnizing officers, DepEd, and other interested groups on the importance of civil registration.
In a related development, records officer of Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) Emelyn Toralde revealed that an average of 20 infants are born every hour at the provincial hospital.
She noted that PSA runs out of registration forms, causing a delay in processing registration of births.
In response tot his, Engr. Fortuito said their office recently received 300 packs of registration forms from PSA Manila, enough for the registration needs of the province .
PSA Manila will be sending soon additional 100 packs of registration forms. (rmn/lpp/PIA7/Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Feb. 5, 2016)