Zampen joins 25th Civil Registration Month celebration PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:55

This February 2015, the whole nation will once celebrate the Civil Registration Month (CRM) with the theme, “ Sama Ka sa Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Groupie”.

The celebration was conducted  pursuant to Proclamation No. 682  entitled “Declaring the month of February of every year as Civil Registration Month “ (CRM)  issued last January 28, 1991 by then President Corazon C. Aquino. Since then, the annual observance of the said event is spearheaded by the former National Statistics Office (NSO), which is now part of the newly organized Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) by virtue of  Republic Act No. 10625 signed by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino as a law last September 12, 2013. The law merges four (4) statistical agencies in the government namely: the National Statistics Office (NSO), National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) and the Bureau of Labor and Employment  Statistics (BLES) into one statistical agency now called the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

The  annual observance of CRM aims to remind the citizenry of their duty to register all acts and events concerning status of persons and at the same time to increase nationwide awareness and appreciation of the legal, administrative and statistical values of civil registry documents such as births, marriage and deaths certificates and all other registrable events such as legal instruments  and court decisions.   This year’s Civil Registration Month Celebration focuses on the launching of the Decade of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) from 2015-2025 adopting the theme  “Sama  ka sa  Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Groupie ”.

In line with the celebration, the newly appointed PSA National Statistician and Civil Registrar-General, Dr. Lisa Grace S. Bersales, issued a memorandum enjoining all PSA Field Offices and local civil registry offices nationwide to organize activities to commemorate  and to highlight the month-long celebration.  In the Zamboanga Peninsula Region, the  observance will be spearheaded by  the  PSA Region IX, under the leadership of its Interim Regional Director, Ronaldo C. Taghap in collaboration with its  PSA Provincial Offices  and all City/Municipal Civil Registrars in the region.

The 25th CRM observance in Zamboanga Peninsula Region will formally start on February 5, 2015  through a Motorcade and Opening Ceremony  to be held  at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay province.   Hon. Wilter Yap Palma, Governor of the Province of Zambonga Sibugay will be the guest speaker while IRD Taghap will also speak and discuss some updates on civil registration to all the civil registration stakeholders who are invited to witness the event.  After the opening ceremony,  the PSA along with the Region Nine Association of Civil Registrars (RNACRI) will hold their quarterly conference.

Moreover,  among the other activities that will  be undertaken in the whole month of February in connection of the celebration include the hanging of streamer/tarpaulin in the conspicuous place, civil registration quiz/trivia to customers and clients, Information campaign activity and symposium in selected schools/colleges/universities in the region, training on new civil registration laws for civil registration stakeholders, and mass wedding or “kasalang bayan”.  To strengthen the advocacies on civil registration related concerns,  the “PSA El Ustedes Servidor”, a radio program of PSA Region IX will continue to be aired every Friday from 9:00-10:00 A.M. over radio station  DXMR, Radyo ng  Bayan with some special guest from different agencies to tackle civil registration issues.

The system of Civil Registration in the Philippines  was established on February 27, 1931 through the enactment of Act 3753 of which the law requires the continuous  and compulsory recording of all vital events like births, deaths, marriages, court decrees and  all other  acts and events concerning the civil status of persons.

For more information and other details on the conduct of the regional CRM activities, you may contact the Civil Registration and Support Division (CRASD)  under  its Interim Chief,  Ms. Adelaida S. Cuarte at telephone number (063) 990-1379 or at email address:  psareg9@gmail.com.