By Roi Lomotan
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) here lined up several activities in line with the observance of Civil Registration Month (CRM) this February.
PSA provincial head Ariel Fortuito announced in a Kapihan Forum that PSA will hold mobile civil registration activities in some barangays throughout this month.
The mobile civil registration started the registration in barangays in Sta. Catalina town with Brgy. Buenavista held yesterday, Brgys. Mabuhay and Nagbalaye on Feb. 17, Alangilan on Feb. 24, and Brgy. Mansagomayon on Feb. 27.
Aside from Sta. Catalina, there will also be mobile civil registration on Feb. 12 and Feb. 19 in Barangays Kauswagan and Panciao in Manjuyod, respectively, Feb. 17 in Balugo, Sibulan and on Feb. 26 in Barangay Bagtic in Mabinay.
PSA will also hold a seminar for solemnizing officers in Barangay Poblacion and Panciao in Manjuyod and a mass wedding on Feb. 14 in Basay town.
Fortuito disclosed that these activities are held in coordination with the Association of Local Civil Registers in the province.
CRM in Negros Oriental started on Feb. 1 with the unveiling of the CRM standee displayed at the PSA-Negros Island Regional Statistical Service Office (NIR RSSO) led by Fortuito and Engr. Ariel Florendo, the interim regional director of PSA-NIR.
Fortuito also said PSA issued free birth certificates and other civil registry documents to their office clients on the launching of CRM.
Moreover, information, education and campaign (IEC) materials highlighting the importance of civil registration as well as explaining procedures in civil registry and laws related to it were also distributed to the public during that day.
During the forum, Fortuito underscored the importance of civil registration to the public.
“It is important that everyone should be registered. If our pedicabs or motorcyles are registered, then there is no reason for the drivers to be not registered. We are inviting everyone to support us,” he said.
This year, CRM carries the theme “Makiisa… Makisali… Sa Dekadang CRVS (Civil Registration and Vital Statistics).” (rmn/ral/PIA7-NegOr/This article was first published at PIA website on Feb. 4, 2016)