By Roi Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 25 (PIA) – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) here is reiterating their call to the public to follow the prescribed reglementary period for filing of vital statistics or important life events.
Engr. Ariel Fortuito, provincial head of PSA here, reached out to public information officers in the province to help share this information to their respective agencies and localities.
In a briefing with the members of Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (ANOPIO) recently, Engr. Fortuito discussed the reglementary period of registration.
For birth events, filing should be made within 30 days after the birth of a person, same as in registering the death of a person.
For marriage, filing should be made within 15 days for those who have license, while 30 days for wed couples who are exempt of license.
Delayed registration of life events entails more requirements such as an affidavit of late registration, documents proving the birth of a person, affidavit of two disinterested persons, certificate of marriage (for birth), authenticated copy of certificate of burial, and approval for registration by the health officer (for death) to name a few.
Fortuito said a person could avoid the hassle of securing said required documents for late registration if he or she will comply with the reglementary period stated earlier.
In the case of birth events, Fortuito cited one reason why most parents opt for delayed registration of their child’s birth.
“Many infants are not registered within 30 days because parents still have not chosen a name for the child,” he said.
He noted that nowadays, most schools require PSA authenticated birth certificates upon enrollment or in joining regional or national athletic events while some government agencies require birth certificates or other civil registry documents in the application for travel and other pertinent documents.
Civil registry documents also provide basis for claims on retirement funds, right to vote, and many others.
He underscored that complying with the prescribed reglementary period is “preventive rather than curative” method in addressing problems that may arise in the future.
Fortuito also stressed that as a general rule, the place of registration is the city or municipality where the event occurs.
This reminder comes in line with the observance of Civil Registration Month this February. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Feb. 25, 2016)