TAGBILARAN CITY, February 5 (PIA)—“If you were not legally married, or at one point, you were not registered in the system, then say so than falsely give out information.”
Thus warns the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) during the Kapihan sa PIA in time for February’s Civil Registration Month.
At the radio forum, PSAs Leopoldo Alfanta Jr., shared a common problem among children born out of parent’s who failed to register their marriages.
Based on unofficial dates which they could reckon when they started cohabitating, parents usually use this entry on their kid’s birth certificates, which could blow into a messy trouble for the kids.
It can come in many forms: an unregistered marriage will have no record of such at the PSA (formerly National Statistics Office (NSO), so that might affect the validity of the later entry, PSA explained.
At the forum on air, no less than Boholano Officer in Charge of the PSA in Central Visayas Ronaldo Taghap and Bohol PSA Statistician Jessamyne Anne Alcazaren came to explain the trouble kids who graduate from college and are seeking for employment can meet.
On these “personally declared” marriages, if the event is not registered, it does not get reflected in any official record, which might render the later registration record defective.
A defective entry in the record, aside from a real hassle to the one intending to get the record, will also necessitate proceedings: whether it is administrative or judicial in form.
By Republic Act 10172, Local Civil Registrars are now authorized to correct errors clearly typographical or clerical in the entries, but only in the day and month of the birthdate and sex, without needing a judicial order, explains Ronaldo Taghap, PSA OIC RD.
The Republic Act amends certain articles of the Civil Code of the Philippines which states that no one can change entries in the civil registry without a judicial order.
This also means that one can still opt to have the judicial process but it would be costly and takes time, Taghap said.
Over this, PSA suggest that parents first settle their unregistered marriages by having them registered, fix the legitimation issues of the kids outside marriage through adoption or legitimation, before getting these entries on their children fixed.
Meanwhile, PSA advices: nothing beats preventive measures.
By that, they mean register live events: birth, marriage, death at the Local Civil Registrar as quickly or at least within 30 days to be spared from penalties.
Maki-isa, makisali sa Dekada nga Civil Registry, Vital Statistics, PSA shared the month’s theme and urged everyone to have a birth certificate.
Meanwhile, as February is designated as Civil Registration Month, below are schedules for the different activities to be held by the Local Civil Registry Offices in Bohol.
For Talibon, Mobile Registration Services are in Feb. 9 – Nocnocan, Feb. 12 – Guindacpan, Feb. 16 – Bagacay, Feb. 19 - San Agustin, Feb. 23 - Sto. Nino, Feb. 25 – Zamora, Feb. 26 - San Pedro and Feb. 29 in San Francisco.
Mass Weddings are also set Feb. 18 - Most Holy Trinity Cathedral while free issuance of certifications happen on Feb. 24 at the Municipal Registrar's Office. A symposium and Info dissemination also happens at the Blessed Trinity College on February 10.
In Jagna, A mass wedding is set on Feb. 24, after a symposium and Info Dissemination on Feb. 17 at the Collegio dela Medalla Milagrosa. Free issuance of Birth Certificates to children who will be enrolled in Grade 1 for the school year 2016-2017 will also be done there.
In nearby Garcia Hernandez, Mobile Registration Services happen in Barangay Cambuyo on Feb. 23 while a
In Bien Unido, Mobile Registration Services are set: Feb. 23 – Sagasa, Feb. 26 - East & West Hingotanan, and a Free Issuance of Certification, Feb. 24 - Municipal Civil Registrar's Office while a Symposium and Info Dissemination happens on Feb. 4 at Holy Child Academy.
Symposia and Info Dissemination activities are also scheduled in the following municipalities: Feb. 5 - St. Joseph Academy, Candijay, Feb. 12 - Holy Child Academy, Ubay, Feb. 16 - Holy Cross Academy, Tubigon, Feb. 18 - St. Mary's Academy, Guindulman, Feb. 23 - Sto Nino Institute, Getafe, Feb. 24 - Holy Infant Academy, Anda, according to PSA information Officer Emmanuel Galab. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)