Friday, February 28, 2020

Iligan City Celebrates the 30th Civil Registration Month

(Tuesday, 11th day of February 2020)

 

Iligan City – The 30th Civil Registration Month, headed by the Office of the City Civil Registrar (CCR) commenced at the city hall flag-raising ceremony at the Anahaw Amphitheatre, Buhanginan Hills, Pala-o, Iligan City on February 10.

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 682, signed by then-President Corazon Aquino on 28 January 1991, celebration of Civil Registration Month is observed this February, with this year’s theme: “Shaping CRVS by Embracing New Trends in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)”. Ms. Maria Pura C. Mascariñas, City Civil Registrar proudly spearheaded the said event. The celebration aims to remind the citizenry of their duty to register acts and events concerning status of persons and enhance nationwide awareness and appreciation of the legal, administrative and statistical values of civil registry documents.

Birth registration is the process by which a child’s birth is recorded in the civil register by the government authority. It provides the first legal recognition of the child and is generally required for the child to obtain a birth certificate and as a result any other legal documents and rights. Children whose births are unregistered and do not have a birth certificate, may not be able to claim the services and protections due to them. It is difficult for unregistered children to prove their legal identity and to access services. (www.unicef.org/spanish/infobycountry/files/p15-UNICEF-39×7.pdf)

Countries need to know how many people are born and die each year – and the main causes of their deaths – in order to have well-functioning health systems. The only way to count everyone and to track all births and deaths is through civil registration. Civil registration provides the basis for individual legal identity but also allows countries to identify their most pressing health issues. Civil registration brings multiple benefits. An individual’s right to be counted at both extremes of life is fundamental to social inclusion. In the absence of insurance or inheritance, death registration and certification are often required prerequisites for burial, remarriage, or the resolution of criminal cases. (www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/civil-registration-why-counting-births-and-deaths-is-important)

The CCR also took this as an opportunity to thank and appreciate the LGU’s partners who for extend their full support to the CCR, and the whole LGU – Iligan for providing services and valuable resources in the conduct of mass weddings in the past and future projects and events. The partners that were recognized were: Robinsons Place Iligan, PAG-IBIG Fund Iligan City, Red Ribbon, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Gender and Development Office (GAD), Mr. Jesse Ray N. Balanay, and Jancees Flowers.

The Government of Iligan has been active to provide the citizen of Iligan the services the people deserve and would make sure to improve the services they offer.

 

– Kristoff S. /CIO-Web

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