By Roi Lomotan
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – In line with the observance of the Civil Registration Month this February, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) here is once again stressing 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,” PSA provincial director Ariel Fortuito said in a Kapihan Forum here recently.
PSA statistician Felida Generoso explained that civil registration is important because it is a prima facie evidence of facts surrounding the event to establish the occurrence of birth, death, and marriage of a person.
It also provides basis for proof of age to exercise rights such as right to vote, to drive, to, study, to marry, and to insure claims.
Aside from this, civil registration also provides data which is essential in development planning in the government.
According to Generoso, the reglementary period for civil registration are the following: registration of birth and death events should be within 30 days from the birth date or death date of the person and marriage registration should be within 15 days for couples with licensed and within 30 days for couples who are exempt of license.
Generoso urged the public to follow the reglementary period of registration of documents to avoid hassle in complying with the requirements for late registration.
With this, PSA encouraged the public to also check their civil registry documents in PSA to find out as early as possible if there are errors that need to be corrected in their document.
Fortuito noted that most people only request for civil registry documents when they apply for passports, school admission, and professional license examinations and their applications are hampered due to errors in some of the entries in the document.
With the whole month of February being declared as Civil Registration Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 682, PSA has set some activities to raise the public’s awareness on the importance of civil registration.
Part of the activities are several mobile civil registration activities in some barangays in Sta. Catalina, Manjuyod, Mabinay, and Sibulan. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Feb. 4, 2016)